Super Saints give Camels the hump
St AUSTELL'S long wait to win the county cup is finally over after winning the a pulsating encounter against the Wadebridge Camels to lift the crown at the fifth attempt.
A stunning second-half display saw them turn a 12-10 deficit into a 35-22 victory at a packed Recreation Ground.
Beaten at the last hurdle on four previous occasions the Saints were inspired after wave after wave of attack saw them clinch a fantastic victory.
One try in fact passed through 27 phases of play before half-time replacement Max Duggan scored what was the Saints’ third try.
Wadebridge Camels started with a lot of possession and it was they who opened the scoring after 14 minutes when after a couple of nice passes they worked it wide to the right with James Grubb offloading to Ben Hawken and the Camels man touched down in the corner.
St Austell’s large Massive were not downhearted too long though as six minutes later after a series of offloads the excellent Hugh Noott powered through as only he can, to score under the posts. Liam Freeman added the extras to give the Saints the lead for the first time in the encounter.
The Saints then went desperately close to extending their lead but Cavan Boyer’s penalty from just inside his own half dropped just short, whilst there were some unnecessary jeering from the Camels’ supporters.
St Austell then saw ‘Sid’ Venner sin binned just before the half hour and the Camels made the most of their numerical advantage on 33 minutes when Mike Rawlings touched down under the posts, with Grubb adding the extras.
Liam Freeman kicked a penalty before the break with the Camels going in 12-10 at half-time.
The second half started with the Camels on the front foot and a Grubb penalty made it 15-10.
But that was as good as it got for Wadebridge as St Austell stole the show in the second half.
Freeman’s 44th-minute penalty closed the gap, before skipper Miles Davey just dived over the line, six minutes later, to put the Saints in front.
The try of the match came on the hour, there was an incredible 27 phases of play after the ball was won by Noott, and in the end it was replacement Duggan who touched down, with Freeman adding the extras and opening up a 10-point buffer.
Six minutes later it was another try as they pressure told with Noott scrambling over for his second try of the game, Freeman again spot on with the kick.
There was a late push by the Camels and Rawlings got over for his second try with Grubb scoring the extras but St Austell were in full control.
They completed the day’s scoring in the 86th minute when Freeman kicked a drop goal, taking his tally to 15 for the day, and round off a memorable afternoon for St Austell.
The referee’s final whistle was music to the ears of the St Austell Massive and for life-long supporters of the club there was tears of joy that their team has finally ended their long run without a cup triumph on this sunny April afternoon in Redruth.
After the game the club’s director of rugby Steve Murley and chairman Paul Hayes were full of praise for their players and thanked the excellent support that the team received from their superb fanbase.
Star man – Cavan Boyer (St Austell)
- 19th April 2017 16:25
- Congratulations to St Austell Rugby Club on your outstanding achievement. County Champions - brilliant.
Nick Hone, President AFC St Austell