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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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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Missed Oppurtunities

Roseland 10   Lankelly-Fowey 19

By Nick Sylvester
In blustery conditions, Roseland and Lankelly fought out a keenly contested match at Philleigh.  At least the rain nearly relented, with Lankelly played downhill in the first half, although the strong crossword was always going to have an effect.

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Saturday 13th October is noted as National Cup S/F.

However as Roseland were knocked out of this at the group stage we have now arranged a HOME fixture against Lankelly Fowey. Kick off 2:30.

Come down and support the lads in their final pre-season friendly.

Roseland 61 – Lankelly Fowey 0

Roseland turn it on with big win

Roseland finally played a game of rugby after the best part of a month off due to cancellations and the poor weather. Roselands last fixture was against the same opponents in the Tribute Cup and they pulled off an unconvincing 17-0 victory.

With the return of league rugby and just 4 fixtures remaining for Roseland to clinch the league title they knew that a performance was needed to grease the wheels before their crunch fixture versus St Just at Philleigh on 5th March. With the return of several players from work commitments, the shooting season and injury Roseland boasted a strong 15 and a full bench.

On a brisk but dry afternoon Roseland played up the slope to start and with the wind blowing across the pitch neither side had a true wind advantage. Roseland got into their stride quickly and put the pressure on Lankelly early with some strong ball carrying from the kick off.

Roselands first try came from a strong rolling maul off a lineout and prop Martin Kneebone came up with the ball for the try credit. Full back Davo Williams slotted the conversion on what was to be an excellent goal kicking day for him.

Roseland played the game at a high tempo and tried to keep the bigger Lankelly pack out of the game. It was from such high tempo play that Roseland secured their next 3 tries. Their was a brace for full back Davo Williams and the first of a pair for centre Matt Eddy. All 3 were converted by Davo Williams to bring the half time score to 28-0.

With the game all but secured at half time anybody could of forgiven Roseland for easing off the accelerator. However Roseland weren’t in the generous mood and continued in the same vain as they left off. With some lovely interplay between forwards and backs a like and a quick tempo to the game Lankelly started to tire and the Roseland pack started to dominate at scrum time. Roseland also started to ring the changes so the whole bench got a good run out. It meant various positional changes for several personnel. However this didn’t affect Roselands scoring opportunities.

Eddy grabbed his second try of the day after good hands created space for him burst into before throwing a lovely dummy and a shimmy to beat the last man to coast in under the posts. Davo Williams converted. This was his last contribution and gave him a personal haul 20 points.

The next try came for second row James Palmer who crashed over from close range after a botched Roseland lineout that saw No8 Nathan Chapman pulled up just short. Centre Eddy smashed his conversion into the post in what was to be the only missed kick of the day.

Roselands next try came after some more quick play caused disruption in the “Kelly” defence and a burst from, now flanker, James Palmer beat 2 defenders before taking the tackle and offloading to the supporting Tom Day who cantered over for a try. Eddy converted.

Palmer was involved again in Roselands next try as he again turned provider to set up a score for veteran fly half Shaun Eamer to bundle over near the posts. Eddy again converted.

Roselands scoring was completed when Man of the Match Palmer found himself in space to score his second try of the afternoon and again Eddy converted to bring his personal tally to 16 points.

The final 61-0 score line possibly flattered Roseland slightly. To be fair to Lankelly they never gave up and defended stoutly and a few times had Roseland defending their try line, however unfortunately for “Kelly” they came across a Roseland side who hadn’t played for a month and who knew they owed themselves a performance.

Roseland can now look forward to their crunch match with St Just on Saturday knowing that victory will all but secure top spot in Cornwall Two.

Roseland 17 – Lankelly Fowey 0

Roseland through to Quarter Finals with win

Saturday afternoon was Sponsors Days at Roseland and the penultimate group game in the Tribute Cup. It was also the third meeting between Roseland and Lankelly this season.

Despite the weather being polar opposites to the previous week the pitch was struggling under the conditions and a free flowing fast game was unlikely with heavy conditions underfoot. Due to Sponsors Day a strong crowd watched the action unfold from the sidelines braving the chilly wind.

The kick off was delayed by 15 minutes as a couple of car loads of Lankelly players got lost on route to the ground.

Lankelly kicked off the game playing down the slope with a gentle breeze assisting. Roseland were quickly into their stride with several clean breaks and bullocking runs with only poor handling and ill discipline, a trait for the afternoon, preventing them breaking the deadlock.

Roseland eventually broke the dead lock when after several phases centre Matt Eddy found himself in space to cross the white wash and dot down the opening try. Fly half Davo Williams failed with the conversion.

Roseland created plenty of chances but failed to convert them into scores with a mixture of some desperate last ditch defence from “Kelly”, some poor handling and some “poor discipline”. Roseland scored again when quick hands from a ruck from Day to Eamers to Chapman created the space for Chapman to bundle over in the top corner and continue his try scoring streak. Matt Eddy kicked the difficult conversion to bring the score to 12-0.

This was the end of the scoring for the first half with neither side able to dominate the other. Roselands only real bonus being that Lankelly never really threatened their 22 and were kept contained to the middle of the park.

The change of ends didn’t bring a change of luck for Roseland as the problems from the first half continued with handling errors and discipline, both generally strong points of Roseland, seriously letting them down. It was due to these problems that Roseland failed to dominate “Kelly” and kept “Kelly” interested in the game throughout. The Roseland pack slowly started to get on top of their opposite numbers and were disrupting Lankelly ball and securing solid ball of their own at scrum time. It was from one such scrum that Rosleand scored their third try when No8 Chapman picked and went, although half tackled, scrum half down smuggled the ball away from Chapman and amid the “confusion” managed to slip through the Lankelly defenders and touch down for a try. Eddy missed the conversion.

Roseland sensing the game was won and with half an eye on their final group game against Liskard in a fortnight knew that a bonus point win against Lankelly would set up a winner takes a all game versus Liskard where the winner would have the advantage of a home quarter final. With this thought in mind Roseland started to chase the elusive fourth try and because of this and the previous problems their standard of play deteriorated. Roseland lost two players to the sin bin in the final 20 minutes and used all their replacements, both of which also disrupted play and the slippery ball didn’t aide matters.

The game ended with Roseland camped on the “Kelly” line before being turned over and Lankelly clearing the ball away to end the game.

The win guaranteed Roseland second place in the group and progression to the quarter finals of the cup.

Compared to last weeks heroics and excellent skill levels in atrocious conditions this weeks game was well below par from a Roseland side that expect so much more themselves. Lankelly left the pitch the happier side with their final cup match against Camelford on the 13th February before concentrating solely on the league.

Roseland travel to Liskard Looe on the 13th February to Lux Park where they have never won and hope to right this and to test just how far they have progressed this season.

Lankelly-Fowey 0 – Roseland 36: First Half Graft Secures Victory

In stormy conditions at Fowey on Saturday Roseland ground out a hard fought victory.

Playing against the wind and the slope in he first 40 Roseland played some of their best and highest tempo rugby of the season to go in at half time 19-0 up.

The opening period though was definitely all Fowey with their bigger pack runners and elusive backs making inroads in the Roseland defence. They punished any Roseland errors also by using the wind to pin Roseland deep in their own territory. Some excellent Roseland defence, crucial turnovers at the breakdowns and hard earned clearance kicks, prevented “Kelly” from gaining a stronger foot hold and breaking the dead lock.

Roseland’s opening score was a real team effort with everyone contributing. Some lovely hands, strong running and quick recycled ball from forwards and backs alike created the space on the short side for winger Sammy Glanville to cross between two defenders. Matt Eddy, in difficult kicking conditions, successfully landed the conversion.

With the younger and lighter Roseland pack starting to dominate the bigger and wiser Fowey pack the Roseland backs started to enjoy some good ball possession and pitch position. With this dominance the next score was inevitable. After several drives for the line by the forwards the ball was eventually spun wide and with the gap created centre Matt Eddy crossed for a try. He converted his own score and Roseland were 14-0 up with the first half drawing to a close.

The Roseland team were in the ascendancy now and really starting to motor. Again after the “Kelly’s” defence kept the forwards pick and goes at bay the ball was again spun wide and after carrying several defenders with him, winger Matt Willsher crossed for his first ever try for Roseland.

Eddy missed the difficult conversion and Roseland went in 19-0 up at half time.

Roseland were buzzing at half time. Knowing that they had put in a fine opening 40 performance they entered the second half confident of finishing the job.

With the second half came a change of weather conditions, added to the wind came the heavy rain showers making handling even harder.

“Kelly” also had other ideas than lying down and letting Roseland have it all their own way, they came out all guns blazing and with their back rowers being particularly effect with ball in hand.

Roseland countered by pinning “Kelly” back by kicking cleverly and using the wind. Roselands effective back play from the first half was lacking some what in the second and scoring chances were limited. The forwards could be credited with Roselands bonus point try. After a fine catch and drive at the line out the blind side was opened and after a confident call from Sammy Glanville he was passed the ball and he strongly handed off his opposite number before racing 40 yards to score in the corner and continue his current scoring run. Matt Eddy landed a fine conversion to further stretch Roselands lead.

Roseland smelling blood went for the kill but some over ambitious play kept “Kelly” in the hunt and they were unlucky on several occasions not to finish off some fine individual breaks. However they were the architects of there own downfall for the next try. After a sliced clearance kick into the wind the ball landed a mere 5m from their line and No 8 Nathan Chapman couldn’t believe his luck when the ball bounced nicely into his arms for him to fall over the line for probably the easiest try he will ever score and he also continued his current try scoring purple patch with his 4th try in 3 games.

Eddy missed conversion.

It was at this stage that Roseland made some changes to the line up and as ever when changes are made the teams fluidity becomes disjointed. The replacements made there impact though by putting themselves about and bringing fresh legs to the heavy paddock.

Despite Roseland trying hard it was “Kelly” that will feel they ended the game stronger. Their pack started to dominate scrums and again the back row were effective in the loose with some strong running. Roseland however defended valiantly and kept “Kelly” at bay to keep a clean sheet.

With the wind and the rain coming down, and the light fading, the referee brought an end to proceedings on what was a highly entertaining game.

After two of four fixtures against Lankelly, Roseland are 2-0 up, but in both games Lankelly have probably deserved more than they have got.

It must be noted also that both teams were highly respectful of the referee who had an excellent game.

On Saturday Roseland return to league action with a home fixture versus Redruth Albany. Albany have had a tough start to the season and despite losing heavily at Roseland earlier in the season in a cup game will come to Philliegh hoping to kick start their season. Roseland on the other hand will be hoping to continue there good run of results and to cement their place at the top of Cornwall Two.

Lankelly-Fowey 5 – Roseland 30


Saturday saw an early season top of the table clash between leaders Lankelly-Fowey and second placed Roseland. Roseland travelled to Fowey’s pitch at the end of Prickly Post Lane knowing this could well be a prickly fixture. In the recent past Roseland have held the upper hand over Fowey however Fowey were bouyed by the fact they have an excellent mixture of youth and experience with several colts stepping up to senior rugby this season and also having come off the back of an excellent win versus Redruth Albany.

Roseland entered the fixture knowing that only a 100% commitment and focus would ensure the correct result. The heavy rain that had fallen throughout the week finally relented mid morning and some autumnal sunshine burst through. Considering the weeks weather the pitch looked in decent nick. With a stiff breeze blowing down the pitch towards the clubhouse corner both sides knew that the advantage lay in the team that exploited the conditions best. With this thought in mind Fowey played the first half down the slope with the breeze, so Roseland knew a big shift was required for the first 40.

Roseland however were nearly scuppered before the game started as regular loose head prop Jake Flamank pulled out Saturday morning with a hangover so a make shift front row of Gerbil Martin, Ant Thomas and Martyn, normally a hooker, formed up and put in an excellent shift against a big and experienced Fowey pack.

Fowey didn’t disappoint and kept the pressure on Roseland throughout the first half, pinning Roseland deep inside there own half whenever Roseland lost possession. To Roseland’s credit they kept the ball well and forwards and backs combined and between them made inroads in the Fowey defence. Several times Roseland got into the Fowey half and once or twice worked their way into the Fowey 22 but lost possession either thorough turnovers, penalties or spilt ball. Fowey made Roseland pay and were the first team on the scoreboard. After Roseland were penalised for not releasing at a ruck just inside their own half Fowey kicked for touch, the ball was heading out on the 22, however Roseland tried to keep the ball in play and in the confusion ended up gifting Fowey a line out 5m out. From the resultant line out Roseland defended well but to Foweys credit they bundled there way over for a try, the conversion was missed.

Roseland knew they had to respond to stop Fowey getting too much head of steam up. With forwards and backs working hard and retaining possession with good rucking and some good offloads the ball was worked wide to “Legs” Rushbridge who evaded the final two Fowey defenders with some neat footwork to score. Matt Eddie missed the difficult conversion.

The remainder of the half, like a lot of the first half was spent between the two 22’s with neither side gaining the upper hand. Half time arrived and Roseland were probably the happier of the two teams knowing that there was about 15-20 points with the wind and slope advantage.

The second half was spent mostly in the Fowey half with Roseland converting several chances but also letting Fowey off the hook with several missed opportunities. Fowey to there credit never gave up and battled to the end making Roseland work for the victory.

Roseland’s second score came from the boot of Matt Eddie, converting a penalty kick smartly from around the 10m line, using the wind to his advantage. 8-5 to Roseland and the next score was vital.

Fortunately for Roseland the next score came in the form of a try from in form winger “Legs” who gathered the ball from a loose clearance kick and from what looked like running down a blind alley, managed to beat several Fowey defenders with a mixture of power and evasion to score from just outside the 22. Eddie failed with the conversion in what was to be an off day for him with the boot.

Roseland’s next try came from more loose ball, this time however they over threw at their own line out but unfortunately for Fowey they failed to regathered cleanly and knocked on, Roseland playing the advantage regathered and after a few quick passes, the ageless fly half Shaun Eamer throw a dummy and find himself charging deep into the 22 and with just the fall back to beat gave the simplest 2 on 1 passes to the supporting Tom Day who galloped over for the try to the right of the posts. Eddie converted and the score was now 20-5.

Both teams started making replacements as the heavy conditions underfoot took there toll.

Fowey were penalised at a ruck for not releasing and as the ref had already warned both sides for this indiscretion he didn’t hesitate in sin binning the unfortunate Fowey player. It must be said that the ref had a very good game and that both sides were fully respectful of the man in the middle and this was reflected in the manner the game was played and enjoyed both players and supporters alike.

Roseland’s next score again came from a line out. A shortened line out was well won and the ball passed down to scrum half Tom Day, who spotted the rushing Fowey defenders had left a small gap, and with a dummy and a duck was through with just the full back to beat and a half step beat the last man to run towards the line and managed to slide over before the cover defence got back to score in the clubhouse corner. A change of kicker brought Davo Williams to the tee, however the result was the same and the difficult conversion was missed.

Roseland created several more chances creating overlaps and miss matches and but for the final pass, a dropped ball or some excellent last ditch defence would of scored another couple of tries, as it was the final score of the day was well taken by debutant Simon. After some good interplay between forwards and backs, and playing a penalty advantage, Eamers put through a clever grubber kick that held up nicely in the try area and centre Simon won the foot race to dot down for his first ever Roseland score on debut. Eddie missed the conversion and the score was 30-5.

Fowey were back to a full compliment of 15 and held out for the final 10 minutes despite the difficulty in clearing there lines and having a kick charged down 5m out with the luck of the bounce falling Fowey’s way.

With the game over both sides could take positives and lessons away from the game.

Roseland now have to prepare for another top of the table clash with a visit to a rejuvenated St Just next week and to try and carry on their perfect start to the league season.

Roseland 50 – Lankelly-Fowey 3

Saturday saw a fantastic game fought out at Philleigh. The last of the Tribute Cup pool games saw 7 of Roseland go over for tries, including 2 each for Tommy Whiles and Rhys Bull! Other try scorers were Christian Benbow, Ryan Harris, David Williams, and Nathan Chapman.

Thanks to Lankelly for another great game.

This means Roseland finished top of our pool, and will be playing the quarter final against Perranporth at home in Philleigh. The date of the game is to be confirmed – and we’ll let you know as soon as it’s confirmed.

Video of Saturday’s Win!

A Game (who make our shirts and other kit) were at the Lankelly-Fowey game on Saturday and recorded the warm up, the action and a post match interview with David Williams and Richard Cotterill (yes it was rather muddy!)

Thank you A-Game! We look forward to seeing you at Philleigh soon.