Monday, 18 October 2010

All Black cheer - we've got no points!

Most teams probably wouldn't be cheering if they were sitting on nil points and at the bottom of the league after seven games. But for the Cornish All Blacks that is reason for a swift half.

We started the season on -20 points having been penalised for going into administration during the off-season. After three wins, a draw and three losses, that deficit has been wiped off and the season proper can begin.

Full marks go to the players for their efforts in achieving this. With the prospect of promotion all but extinguished before the season began, it would have been easy for them to drop their heads and not be bothered too much. As it is, none have left and all have been playing their hearts out for the cause.

Saturday's game at Cinderford was a toughie. The Forest of Dean side can be quite, ahem, physical and their scrum was never going to pushed around as a couple of opponents have already this season.

The Cornish All Blacks were happy to spread the play out wide and scored four tries as a result with two for winger Richard Bright and two for full back Mal Roberts. There was no try for top scorer Ryan Westren but his partnership with Pale Nanu is still ferocious and Westy should really have had a score under the posts but he was brought down just short of the line by a speedy winger.

The next mission for the Blacks is to get off the bottom of the table. Redruth currently sit on 7 points, so the task will take a minimum of two weeks. After that, who knows? Without the penalty, Launceston would be sitting in sixth place in the league, so the form is there. Let's just hope that the results take us to our rightful position sooner rather than later.

1 comment:

David said...

I'm in total agreement with this.