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First leg of XGirl Cup a great success

 

 

 

XRugby, a new format of rugby playable with as few as 5-a-side and with a much advertised international competition at the O2 Arena this weekend, came to Cornwall first as girls from around the Duchy arrived in sunny Penryn on Sunday for the inaugural leg of the XGirl Cup.

Partly an greater opportunity for girls to play in their own club colours rather than as part of larger cluster teams, partly an introduction to shorter formats of the game like the sevens which forms part of the girls county programme, and partly a chance for genuine competitive rugby rather than just friendlies in the older two age groups, the XGirl Cup didn't disappoint on any of those grounds. It also produced a day of  rugby full of fun for players and spectators alike; multiple neutral observers all commented they had never heard so much giggling at a rugby match before!

In the U18s, the combination of Penzance and Bude (now officially linked for the rest of the tournament) went undefeated with some irresistible offence, including beating hosts Penryn/Newquay 54-50 with the last play of the game!

 The U15s saw some similarly intense competition with Launceston, Penryn and the combined St Austell/Perranporth teams all winning two of their three games. Huge credit goes to Liskeard/Penzance/Newquay too, recovering from two big losses and a 21pt first half deficit to secure a valiant four-try bonus point against Launceston.

The U13s played the same format of games albeit as friendlies, and it was Perranporth/Newquay who shone with four wins from four and a whopping 208 points!

The league points accumulated by the U15s and U18s get shared between the clubs based on the proportion of players involved on the team. That way clubs with plenty of players aren't disadvantaged by temporarily combining with smaller clubs, whilst those smaller clubs can still earn points for themselves too.

Bude/Penzance currently lead the U18s, whilst Launceston are a whisker ahead in the U15s with 3 legs to go before the final knockout round, scheduled for the morning of a Cornwall Ladies home game in what should be a great female Cornish sporting occasion.

A massive thank you to Penryn RFC for hosting, even taking the measure of cancelling Friday's boys training to help ensure the pitches were playable for the girls; to Joshua Stevens from CRRS and Bruce Radford of Penryn for refereeing the unfamiliar format alongside the girls coaches; to Lesley Bennett of St Austell for assembling the teams on the day; and to all the girls, coaches and parents for enjoying the day so much!

 

 

U18 Results

 

Penryn/Newquay 50-54 Bude/Penzance

Penryn/Newquay 38-28 Launceston

Bude/Penzance 61-35 Launceston

 

U15 Results

 

St Austell/Perranporth 28-33 Launceston

Penryn 64-14 Liskeard

Penryn 49-54 St Austell/Perranporth

Launceston 54-26 Liskeard/Penzance/Newquay

St Austell/Perranporth 69-19 Liskeard/Penzance/Newquay

Penryn 35-19 Launceston

 

U13 Results

Perranporth/Newquay 46-14 Penryn

Penzance 49-12 Launceston/Liskeard/Bude

Launceston/Liskeard/Bude 54 St Austell 35

Perranporth/Newquay 42-14 Penzance

Penryn 14-47 Launceston/Liskeard/Bude

St Austell 14-70 Perranporth

Penzance 0-42 Penryn

Launceston/Liskeard/Bude 0-50 Peranporth

Penryn 33-St Austell 21

Penzance 35-St Austell 14

 

Report by Ross Tucknott 

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Gill Burns Cup Fixtures

 

 

 

Cornwall Women have been drawn in Pool 3 in this season's Gill Burns Cup Division 2.

They will have two home fixtures in the pool stages.

The provisional dates are;

 

Sunday 26th April 2020 DORSET & WILTS WOMEN V CORNWALL WOMEN (Venue & kick off tbc)

 

Sunday 10th May 2020 CORNWALL WOMEN V SOMERSET WOMEN (Venue & kick off tcc)

 

Sunday 17th May 2020 CORNWALL WOMEN V HAMPSHIRE WOMEN (Venue & kick off tbc)

 

Should Cornwall qualify for the semi-finals they would be at home on weekend of 23/24 May 2020 against winners of Pool 4.

 
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