Five Try win for Roseland….

Camborne School of Mines  17      Roseland  30

By Nick Slyvester

Roseland’s final league game of the 2018-19 season was an away trip to Penryn to take on CSoM.   Fortunately the rain stayed away although the teams did have to contend with an influential fresh wind blowing diagonally across the pitch.   

It was clear from an early stage that it was going to a battle between between the pace and ambition of the students versus forward ascendency and experience of the visitors, hence an obvious need to execute an appropriate game plan.   Roseland made a great start and found themselves 0-5 in front after just 2 minutes when Andy Harris’s excellent catch and counter set up an attacking opportunity from which Christian Benbow went over in the corner.  The advantage was, however, short-lived when Roseland’s over ambition in their own 22 resulted in a simple interception and the score was levelled at 5-5.   After 14 minutes, Tom Day put Roseland back in front with a penalty goal.  A period of back and forth followed before an increasing penalty count against Roseland led to a CSoM converted try on the half hour.  By now the extra bulk and experience of the Roseland pack was giving the students a torrid time at the set scrum with Scott Pearce acquitting himself particularly well as a stand-in prop.  

From one such scrum Nathan Chapman scored a pushover try shortly before half-time to give the visitors a narrow 12-13 advantage at the break.After a mixed first half performance, game management was doubtless at the core of the halftime chat with Roseland making a better job of playing to their strengths in the second period.  

After 53 minutes Chapman added his second pushover try, magnificently converted by Tom Day from wide out, to make it 12-20.  Credit is due to CSoM as they continued to counter at each and every opportunity with their expansive game which was rewarded on 64 minutes.  Once again, with Roseland conceding a worryingly high penalty count, the students closed the gap with an excellent try to potentially create an exciting final quarter of an hour.  

However, the combination of a mounting CSoM injury count, and an experienced Roseland replacements bench, meant that the visitors closed the game out with further tries from Sam Glanville and Tom Day to secure a maximum 5 league points.

With a season’s tally of 20 league points, Roseland is confirmed as finishing in 7th place above Helston who have finished bottom.

For the diary, there is currently no game until Saturday 23rd March when we travel to take on a much improved Lankelly/Fowey side in the Plate competition.  Further Plate competition games are to follow against St Agnes (30th March at home) and Helston (6th April at Helston).   

Roseland fall just short despite late rally……

Roseland  19        Bodmin  21

By Nick Sylvester

Roseland welcomed pre-season league title favourites Bodmin to Philleigh on a dry but cloudy Saturday afternoon.  With a fresh crosswind and on a sticky pitch, this encounter was always going to be a tough challenge for the home side as proved to be the case in the opening period.

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Roseland clinch vital win…..

Roseland  20 – Lankelly/Fowey  17

by Nick Sylvester

Welcome as always, Lankelly/Fowey were Roseland’s most recent visitors to Philleigh on a calm afternoon although the pitch was heavy after the recent rain.  The stakes were high as both clubs badly needed the league points in their respective quests to avoid potential relegation, so a close and competitive encounter was always on the cards.

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Missed Opportunities Cost Sleepy Roseland

Illogan Park  15         Roseland  0

By Nick Sylvester
Roseland travelled to Illogan Park with optimism following last Saturday’s win whereas the home team were looking to avoid a run of three consecutive defeats.

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Glanville Double Secures Maximum Points for Roseland

Roseland  31        Helston  0

By Nick Sylvester
With the second half of the league season getting underway, Helston were the visitors to Philleigh with Roseland looking to avenge their defeat in the reverse fixture back in October.   With both sides, together with Lankelly/Fowey, being the three main contenders seeking to avoid the drop to Cornwall League 2, there was potentially more than just the result at stake.

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Encouraging Roseland performance…….

Roseland 10     Veor 34

by Nick Sylvester
Roseland welcomed table topping Veor to Philleigh for a fixture that was always going to be a tough assignment for the home team.

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Roseland hold on for victory in 11 try thriller

Lankelly Fowey 30     Roseland 36

This vital bottom of the table clash certainly didn’t disappoint on the entertainment front as Lankelly and Roseland locked horns on a sunny afternoon with a keen easterly wind blowing down the pitch towards the bottom corner.

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First Win Remains Elusive

Roseland 13    Illogan Park 22

By Nick Sylvester
Roseland welcomed Park to Philleigh on a blustery but dry afternoon whereby a very strong crosswind was always going to be significant factor.   With the season’s first win still proving to be elusive, the home side were looking for a marked improvement on recent performances if to be successful.

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Roseland Loose at Helston

­Helston 24 – Roseland 7

On Saturday 27th October Roseland travelled to Helston for their second league game of the season.

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Roseland let it slip against Students

Roseland 18 – Camborne School of Mines 27

On Saturday Roseland welcomed Camborne School of Mines to Philleigh for the opening fixture of the 2018-19 Tribute Cornwall One season.
With yet another reshuffling of the league structure all rugby until now had been cup or friendlies so it was time to lay a marker for the season.

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