Cornwall 10, Yorkshire 63 

DESPITE a previously unbeaten campaign, Cornwall under-20s were unable to match the might of Yorkshire in the under-20s County Championship final at Twickenham on Sunday, writes Chris Jones.

Three tries in the first half, six in the second and an almost perfect record off of the kicking tee from Sam Brooke gave the northern side the much deserved victory.

Cornwall did have the final say of the match when Shae Cornish went over the line late on but by then the Cornish were already well-beaten.

Yorkshire started the game well and got on the scoresheet in the 10th minute when a great move from the left found its way through the hands to the right wing for Luke Hazell to score in the corner before Sam Brooke converted to make it 7-0.

And Yorkshire added another three points through Brooke only nine minutes later after his penalty from straight in front cleared the bar to make it 10-0.

James Tucker had a chance to bring the Black and Golds back to within three points in the 21st however the young fly-half’s penalty went wide.

But the man from Redruth redeemed himself three minutes later from 25 yards bringing the score to 10-3.

Yorkshire showed their class and went 17-3 up in the 28th minute when Jonny Keh went over the line after a superb offload from the inside centre, and Brooke made it three from three from the tee.

Yorkshire had time for one more try before the end of the half and this time it was Connor Field who went over the line after a superb cross-field kick from Sam Pocklington was inch perfect for the centre to gather and dive over for Yorkshire’s third try of the game ad after the conversion the scores read 24-3.

It was more of the same straight after the break and Brooke converted another penalty from dead centre making it 27-3.

Despite their effort Cornwall could not find a break and it was Yorkshire again who were to score next and after a series of offloads the ball found flanker James Sanderson who dived over unchallenged for his first try of the game before Brooke converted to make it 34-3.

And it was 39-3 only moments later when Seva Bulumakua’s inside pass found the supporting run of Tom Allot who ran in unchallenged but this time Brooke could not convert.

Next it was the turn of Captain Zak Poole to go over the line in the left corner before Brooke converted to make it 44-3 and soon after in the 72nd minute William Lewin added another try over on the right wing after a great pass from Pocklington set the pacey winger free to score and after the conversion it was 51-3.

Yorkshire had one more try left in them and it came in the 76th minute after another great pass from Pocklington over on the right which allowed Gareth Stephen to score his first of the game to make the score 63-3.

Cornwall refused to die and showed great spirit late on at the death when winger Shae Cornish burst through the Yorkshire defence and beat the Yorkshire full back to the line on the far right to score Cornwall’s first and only try of the match, and Tucker converted from a difficult angle to make the final scores 63-10.

Cornwall U20 (Launceston unless stated): Tyler (Penryn), Cornish (Pz&N Colts), Penprase (Bath Uni), Matthews (Camborne), Hubble (Falmouth), Tucker (Redruth), Nash (Brixham); Bentham, Lightfoot, Andrews (Falmouth), Goldsmith, Reed (Wadebridge Camels), Gibson (Cardiff Met & Penryn), Cross (Wadebridge Camels), Clarke (Capt).

Replacements: Barnes (Camborne), Jenkins, Gratrix (Penryn), Rowley, Gilbert (Redruth), Boyce (St. Austell), Edwards