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Penryn ready for St Ives after successful pre-season
The long and hard haul of pre season seems to have paid off for Penryn, who have started preparations for the new league season very well.
The first, and only pre-season run out for the Borough, would be against higher league opposition in the form of Cornish rivals Wadebridge Camels.
In a fiercely competitive warm up match, both sides tried various combinations with Penryn coming away 21-10 victors, with captain Jordan Rose and Alex Ducker among the scorers, with six points from Jake Seviour's boot.
Next up for Penryn was the visit of the Pirates Amateurs in the first round of the Cornwall Cup.
Penryn would triumph 31-13, but it was far from an easy ride, with the lower league Pirates fighting all the way making life very tough for the home side.
It looked as if it would be a long day at the office in the Penryn sunshine for the Amateurs, when Ducker added his second try in a week inside two minutes, and Seviour converting for an early 7-0 lead.
Penryn were stunned by a quick fire 10 point burst from the visitors who slotted a penalty and a converted try in quick succession to lead, and sound the alarm bells for the Borough.
The kind of rustiness that is synonymous with early season rugby was in evidence for both sides, but Penryn toiled to regain the lead and were rewarded with exactly that.
The forwards pushed hard towards the line and Daniel Booth eventually forced his way over, with Seviour narrowly missing his first kick of the week. The Pirates kept coming back though and regained the lead with another penalty as half time approached, but it was Penryn who would have the final say going into the break.
The hosts stretched their opponents on the wide open spaces of the memorial ground pitch. So much so, that Ducker squeezed in for his brace. A missed conversion saw the half time score at 17-13 in favour of Penryn.
The second half, although not the most free flowing rugby, was a much more one sided affair, as Penryn's superior fitness and excellent depth in personnel from the bench shone through.
The heat on the day made for excellent running conditions, but also served as an energy sapping nemesis to players attempting to reach full match fitness.
Penryn sparkled though, as a flowing move from the backs saw Josh Chambers with the pace to cross the line for his first of the season, with Seviour converting.
Booth added the second of his brace with a typical score that combined pace and power and a Seviour conversion to round off the scoring on a satisfactory if not spectacular afternoon for the home side.
It has also been an excellent start for Penryn's colts, who beat local rivals Falmouth under floodlights last friday night, by an impressive margin of 70-0. Any players wishing to join the club are urged to get in contact on either 01326 376568 or 07584297157. Penryn first team open their Western Counties league campaign at home to St. Ives this Saturday, kick off 3pm.