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    Posted: 04 May 2016 at 13:52
Squad to face Gloucestershire at Redruth on Saturday:

  1. Tom Cowan-Dickie Redruth
  2. Rupert Freestone Plymouth Albion
  3. Craig Williams Redruth
  4. Ben Hilton Cornish All Blacks
  5. Tony Whittle Camborne
  6. Kyle Marriott Redruth (Captain)
  7. Sam Matavesi Plymouth Albion
  8. Herbie Stupple Plymouth Albion
  9. Matt Shepherd Plymouth Albion
  10. Billy Searle Plymouth Albion
  11. Robin Wedlake Plymouth Albion
  12. Nielson Webber Redruth
  13. Sam Parsons Redruth
  14. Jon Dawe Plymouth Albion
  15. Jake Murphy Plymouth Albion

 

Replacements from:-

Richard Brown                        Redruth

Barry-John Chapman           Taunton

Luke Chapman                      Cornish All Blacks

Damien Cook                         Camborne

Chris Fuca                              Redruth

Greg Goodfellow                   Chinnor

George Jones                         Penryn

Pale Nonu                              Redruth

Lewis Vinnicombe               Redruth

Lewis Webb                           Taunton

Duncan Tout                         Bude

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote RedOrDead Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 May 2016 at 14:34
As I said elsewhere, a very strong Cornwall side. Good to see Herbie Stupple turning out in Black and Gold now that he's eligible.
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Old Albonians?
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Originally posted by stonehousealbion stonehousealbion wrote:

Old Albonians?

Current Albonians for the most part (at the moment anyway). I'm surprised that Billy Searle is still listed as an Albion player as it has been announced that he's signed for two years to Bristol Academy.

Just goes to show what a debt of gratitude Albion owe to Cornish clubs including, but not limited to Camborne, Wadebridge, Redruth, Launceston and St Austell!
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Originally posted by Surreyben Surreyben wrote:

Squad to face Gloucestershire at Redruth on Saturday:

  1. Sam Matavesi Plymouth Albion


Any relation to Josh and Joel Matavesi at the Ospreys?
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote RedOrDead Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 May 2016 at 15:00
Originally posted by Stoatgobbler Stoatgobbler wrote:

Originally posted by Surreyben Surreyben wrote:

Squad to face Gloucestershire at Redruth on Saturday:

  1. Sam Matavesi Plymouth Albion


Any relation to Josh and Joel Matavesi at the Ospreys?

Sam is the middle Matavesi brother and IIRC like his big brother, has a Fiji cap to his name.
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Any thoughts on Saturday's game anyone? Far from a classic from Cornwall, although to be fair, some credit for that must go to a very capable Gloucestershire side and the late loss of Cornwall's starting fly-half couldn't have helped although I would question the wisdom of replacing Searle with a player who has spent the majority of his season playing scrum half. Similarly, I really question the wisdom in playing a fresh back from injury Jake Murphy at full back - he's a great player, but Saturday showed that he's not a full back. The biggest frustration of the day was a reluctance to play to our strengths (the tight exchanges), it only appeared to become apparent that this was Cornwall's best chance of winning very late in the game, I felt that this was apparent for much longer. Lastly, I thought some of the substitutions were rather strange. Vinnicombe and Goodfellow obviously made a difference (although based on one interview, it appears that Goodfellow's decision to roll the dice may count against him in Dawe's eyes), but couldn't see the argument for removing Hilton for Chapman on in the second row with the lineout already struggling and Whittle offering little. I would however have been tempted to find a place for Chris Fuca who would have offered a decent option at 6 in the lineout, leadership and a different style of play to anyone who was out there at the time.

On the plus side, the pack looked like they will be a match for anyone they face, although the lineout may need a bit of work. Sam Matavesi was a joy to behold at seven.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote gwynn ha du Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 May 2016 at 20:10
RoD agree with your assessment- as Jake has played all season at centre for Albion and I can't remember any occasion when he played at that position for CABs it did seem a bit odd. And removing Hilts was a strange choice - glad they brought him back on for the crucial end plays. For me the strangest decision of the afternoon was that to go for three points when the Gloucestershire no 5 was off in the bin, we were a few metres out and had been dominating their scrum more or less all game. Would have made the end a bit less squeaky! I think the backs need to be a bit sharper next game, think the Herts backs ( if they are Bishops Stortford as I expect) will be asking a few awkward questions of our defence.
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Good point about the penalty decision, I'd forgotten that through my booze addled haze! You're probably right about the backs too, the try on the left wing when one simple dummy completely unlocked the Cornish defence was a bit worrying to say the least.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote gwynn ha du Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 May 2016 at 21:54
We were right behind the posts at the Hellfire end of the ground so had a pretty good view of proceedings including the final try. There seemed to be a difference in attitude between the backs and the pack, the forwards dug in and fought hard from the beginning, the backs seemed to be a little too relaxed as if they underestimated the opposition.
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Cornwall stated with too many backs out of position.
Murphy is a centre not a full-back where he was all over the place.
Webb at fly-half is Ok but is really a scrum-half.
Shepard played scrum-half but is the best full--back in the squad and should have started there.  Has he played much at scrum-half for Plymouth?
Goodfellow and Vinnicombe, plus Shepard moving to full-back made the difference in the backs.

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Maybe Dawe isn't the genius we make him out to be! Backs looking better, still debatable in the pack. Will they be allowed to play their most effective game this time I wonder?
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Agree, RT. Jake was also first game back from (hand) injury, so perhaps should have been on the bench. But with Searle out due to illness and GD's wingman coaching Glos, maybe it was a case of putting out the most experienced side regardless. Shep was mostly at 15 and had to work his way back into the starting XV at Albion, having missed pre-season due to long-standing travel arrangements.

Overall, there certainly seemed to be a learning curve in regards to mixed experience levels and the playing surface. The Albion "80 minutes (and beyond)" ethos certainly paid off.

Team for Sat which certainly seems to rectify some of these issues:


Interesting to see how the OA absentee/BS preponderance will play out in the Herts side. And of course, there is the Shanners v Dawsie angle...

Personally, I think Cornwall will prevail.
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Originally posted by stonehousealbion stonehousealbion wrote:


Interesting to see how the OA absentee/BS preponderance will play out in the Herts side. And of course, there is the Shanners v Dawsie angle...


Isn't 'Shanners' otherwise engaged?
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Really looking forward to getting up to tomorrow's game. Have never been to Bishop's Stortford RFC before - will be great to see all the Black & Gold up there. I think putting Greg Goodfellow as starting scrum-half and Matt Shepherd at full-back is a positive move. Fingers crossed for a Cornwall win, but experience of watching many games between these two sides suggests it will be very close indeed.
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Good to see a fullback at fullback, a fly half at fly half and Jake Murphy playing 13, it appears that Dawe and his team agreed with the consensus on this forum. Hopefully we can look forward to a much improved performance from the backs.

I'm not 100% sold on the composition of the bench though. Unless Freestone or Cowan-Dickie are more adept at tight head than I'm aware, cover is short there and it puts pressure on Craig Williams to play the full 80. Although I like him as a player, I don't see what BJ Chapman offers in terms of impact that isn't on the field already, having two back rowers on the bench seems like an unnecessary luxury to me. The same goes for having 2 back three players.
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Typically tough game between the two counties yesterday. Cornwall's pack dominated the first twenty minutes or so and was responsible for those opening tries from Matevesi and Stupple. Once Herts got a foothold in the game, they had most of the rest of the first half with Cornwall giving away a lot of penalties. The crucial period of the game was at the beginning of the second half when, at 15-15, we were down to fourteen men for 10 minutes and the defence was absolutely monumental, this coupled with a monster penalty from Matt Shepherd saw us 18-15 ahead and ultimately that was the difference.
Sam Matevesi was absolutely outstanding yesterday. Well done boys. Fingers crossed for another good result next weekend.
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Thanks for the write up. It made for pretty frustrating listening on the radio. Did Cornwall do anything different to bring about the swing from dominating the first twenty for being dominated for the second? It sounded as if they tried to play a more expansive game, but it's hard to get an impression from radio commentary with no analyst. Equally, am I right in thinking that Cornwall's penalty count swelled significantly when Craig Williams was forced off the field?

Sam Matavesi certainly seems to be justifying his Dream Team selection.
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ROD, yes, there was a bit of the expansive, but I would also say that Hertfordshire had some very serious words behind the posts after the second push over try and they were never beaten up in the scrum/mauls as badly after that. You are also right re Craig Williams.

I'm making the 300 mile trip down to Cornwall to cheer the black and gold boys on this weekend - I couldn't bear it if the team representing my heart (Kernow) went down to the team representing the place I live at the moment (Surrey).
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