Penryn produced one of their finest performances of the season, as they moved into the top six with an eight try hammering of Chard on Saturday, writes Ross Hancock.

The Borough avenged an earlier defeat to Chard this season, with a sparkling display that takes them to a point behind Saturday’s visitors who remain in fifth.

With last week’s game between the two sides postponed, both came into the contest fresh and looking to lay down an early marker. Despite the recent poor weather and a game being played on the same pitch earlier in the afternoon, the surface held out remarkably well. Penryn however, were the ones to put it to good use,

Chris Hellier got the ball rolling to reward Penryn’s dominance with an unconverted try, as the Borough shifted through the gears. It wasn’t to be a classic day from the tee for Sam Carter, but Penryn’s top scorer was very much involved throughout and was next to cross the line, finishing a trademark flowing move. Conditions don’t often alter the way Penryn try to play the game, something personified by the next five pointer. Moving the ball wide from deep, it was Josh Chambers who pinned his ears back for a superb solo score to take Penryn out to a 15-0 half time lead.

The early signs in the second half were that another tight one was on the cards as Chard moved back within eight points thanks to a converted try, but as any sign of life flickered for the visitors, it was soon extinguished. The next goal was the bonus point try and the home side and they could soon boast just that, as Mishka Fibbens powered over for their only converted try of the game.

At 22-7 the challenge for Penryn was to keep playing with the job already done and they turned on the style to do just that. The attack was in fine fettle all afternoon and centre Luke Tupholme finished off another cracking move for his first Penryn try. If Chambers first half solo effort was one to remember, Mitchell Vague was determined to make the same impression. The fly half collected the ball deep in his own half and turned on the burners to beat several would be defenders for a superb 70 yard individual effort.

Penryn were running riot now, but there were no signs to suggest they would take the foot off the throat of the visitors. Replacement Pete Mabbott was the latest to get in on the act, as he finished off yet another excellent attack. There was still time for a final try for the home side, as Adam Hughes found himself in acres of space out wide having moved from the back row to the wing to dive over for the eight and final try. Penryn look to continue their ascent up the table this weekend when they travel to Cullompton.

Penryn: Bradley, Chambers, Tupholme, Seviour, Salisbury, Vague, Carter, Burley, Rush, Strick, Bishop, Fibbens, Hughes, Hellier, Randlesome. Reps: Illsley, Nelson, Mabbott.

Tries: Hellier, Carter, Chambers, Fibbens, Tupholme, Vague, Mabbott, Hughes

Conversion: Carter