WITH the sun beating down, the crowds gathered at the Rec on Saturday, October 7, in anticipation of watching some running rugby and the magic reported on previous away games, writes Gupta Singh. 

However, Camels had other plans, pitching up a good hour and a half before kick-off, ready for action.

The game started brightly for Falmouth in the opening minute with a penalty by Phill Morgan converted from thirty metres just right of the posts after the Camels failed to release the ball after a Trick tackle.

However that would be Falmouth's only points for the rest of the afternoon, as the Camels strode on to win 3-64, the Eagles were left struggling to take flight and match the energy required at the breakdowns.

Falmouth had their opportunities in the first half to capitalise on a high penalty count and gain territory, but after three failed penalty kicks to touch, the signs were showing that the Eagles were far off from the clinical unity being exhibited by the opposition.

The Camels showed why they were sitting near the top of the table, providing a reality check to the Eagles that this league was indeed a step up from the off-the-cuff rugby the boys typically flourish in. 

Camels had plenty of reserves in the tank and never looked tired, exploiting and crafting tries at every opportunity on the expanse of the recreation ground. Newcomer Freddy Veimsoi impressed all afternoon as he outclassed the home team with his strength, footwork, and offloads, deservedly picking up man of the match.

The Eagle's forwards, having packed down for a total of 26 scrums, gave a good account of themselves, often pushing the Camels off their own ball, while new signings Callum Reid and George Taylor showed signs of what they can offer to the clubs season.

Richard Tyler was back in action providing a positive cameo in the second half. While Chave and Dunstan remained consistent throughout holding their own in the lineouts.

Falmouth will learn from this wake-up call, and having had relatively no possession all game, will be seeking a nine - ten axis that can release the talent out wide. Something the selectors will be giving great thought to as they head to St. Agnes this weekend.

Man of the match for Falmouth went to James Horton, who tackled well all afternoon, stood out with well-timed passes, and generally put in the hard yards. The difference this week was a well-drilled Wadebridge side. Men's senior training continues on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 18:30 at the Falmouth Rugby Club.

Saturday, October 14, sees The Eagles 1XV return to the Rec versus Kingsbridge kicking off at 15:00 in the Counties Tribute 1 Western West league.

Eagles 2XV 3 - 64 Wadebridge Camels 2XV