A hat-trick from Penryn winger Josh Chambers helped Penryn on their way to a bonus-point victory away to local rivals Falmouth, writes Sam Blackwood.

Hundreds of fans from both sides attended the game at the Recreation Ground, in what was a fantastic advert for West Cornwall rugby.

The drama of derby day had begun before the whistle had blown as a power cut at Falmouth meant that the clubhouse and changing rooms were consumed by darkness.

Despite this, the hosts were able to still sell pasties and beverages to the supporters, which helped to generate a fantastic atmosphere.

Penryn dominated the early stages but were met by a resilient Eagles defence on a cold afternoon in Falmouth.

The visitors finally took the lead midway through the first half as Chambers got his first try after running through the hosts' defence.

The try was converted by scrum-half Sam Carter, who didn’t miss a kick throughout the game.

Carter then added a penalty just before half-time to give Penryn a 10-0 lead.

The second half started with a derby day fire about it as Falmouth received two sin bins in quick succession, with Penryn receiving one.

The Eagles received one in the ruck in their own 22, which was followed by both sides having a man sent to the sin bin in a scuffle moments later.

The visitors took advantage of the man extra soon after as they extended their lead thanks to another Chambers try.

Rory Pugh pulled Falmouth back into the game after some strong running helped him cross the line, which was converted by Matt Horton.

Penryn then secured a derby day bonus point within five minutes, Nathan Strick crossing for try number three before Chambers completed his hat-trick not long after.

Just like the power at the Rec, Falmouth sparked into life in the closing stages, crossing over for one final converted try to top off a fascinating derby game.

The result means Penryn continue their fine start in a new division, rising to seventh in the table while Falmouth continue their inconsistent start.

Falmouth: O Evans, T Job, R Pugh, J Wood, N Carne, M Horton, C Bullock; A Searle, A Geach, D Burroughs, J Martin, T Whittle, T Spiller, P Garway-Templeman, T Simmons. Reps: A Vincent, T Vincent, D Hubble.

Penryn: K Bradley, J Chambers, S Hitchens, A Seviour, P Mabbott, N Strick, S Carter; R Burley, S Rush, E Pattison, S Barker, J Lamsin, C Hellier, G Jones, G Randlesome. Reps: M Fibbens, E Glynn, S Johnson.