Congratulations to our Cornwall Under 16’s who recorded a couple of wins against Devon on Sunday.
St Austell RFC hosted the final U16 representative games of the season. Devon provided the opposition in the two games that challenged the teamwork and skill development that has been a focus for this talented age group. The Cornish boys are aware of the opportunities and progressions that are available if they continue to show the right attitude, commitment and determination that has seen older players move on to play for Cornwall u20s and Seniors.
The first game was keenly contested and the result, a win for Cornwall, was in doubt right up to the final whistle. The wet weather certainly challenged passing skills and as soon as the players adapted to the conditions both teams showed good continuity to provide scoring chances against well organised defences. The best efforts from both sets of players were appreciated by the very supportive crowd who were able to enjoy the covered seating areas that the St Austell clubhouse provides.
In the second game Cornwall played with pace and determination to set up an early lead that was to last through to the final whistle. While the passages of play that led to scoring opportunities showed individual and team skills there was lots to admire about this age group. The passing skills, ability to identify space and keep the ball for prolonged periods of play was good to see.
The practice and training nights have ensured that the boys can continue to develop and hopefully this is not the pinnacle of their ‘journey’ as players. The CRFU website will provide details about how this group can progress to U17 Representative County rugby. For some players the player pathway will be through the Club Colts, Schools or Colleges. The objective is to ensure that players enjoy their rugby where ever that might be and stay in the game and with the weekend that Cornish players have had the future looks bright.