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Rugby: Bodmin see off Camelford with 19 try romp in Cornwall Clubs Cup

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: February 19, 2014

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Bodmin 129 Camelford 0

FOLLOWING two weeks without a game, Bodmin got back into action in the Cornwall Clubs' Cup with an emphatic 19-try victory over Camelford, including five tries for centre Andrew Coad and a 44 point haul for Cody Armstrong, with 17 conversions.

Camelford had the initial possession, but made little advance against a well organised Bodmin defence before loosehead prop Jack Rutty superbly turned the ball over inside the Bodmin half and an immediate attack was launched.

Some simple, but highly effectively, handling soon saw the home side threatening the Camelford try line before centre Paul Carter was the grateful recipient of an overlap to run in for the first touch down. Winger Armstrong added the extras.

The second score wasn't long in coming, as Carter's centre partner Coad made a strong burst through the heart of the visitors' defence to run in under the posts. Armstrong added the conversion.

Bodmin had fired themselves out of the blocks and seemed determined to accelerate play at every opportunity, Carter crossing for his second inside the opening ten minutes after some well recycled ball by the Bodmin pack. Armstrong converted.

Despite the sticky conditions underfoot, Bodmin showed a terrific ability to maintain quick ball and when the ball was once more recycled very quickly, scrum half Scott Helgesen fed Ollie Wendon who made a clean break before feeding second row Liam Thomas for a score under the posts and a bonus point wrapped up inside the opening quarter. Armstrong adding the extra two points.

The home side were dominant in the loose ,but also showed their authority in the tight as they marched Camelford back at a five metre attacking scrum before Helgesen fed captain Mark Trevarthen for the easiest of scores. Armstrong converted.

Bodmin refused to let their intensity wilt and continued to punish Cornwall Two side Camelford. Coad grabbing his second of the day as a simple switch between 10 and 12 saw the centre run in the under the posts once more. Armstrong adding the conversion once more.

The pace at which Cornwall One side Bodmin played provided no respite for their visitors and it would be another overlap that saw Wendon run in for the seventh try of the first half. Armstrong making it seven from seven from the tee. Coad then completed his hat trick as Camelford kicked a rare possession away, only enabling full back Dan Pooley to launch a counter attack and feed Coad the ball for a first half hat trick to be sealed. Armstrong this time missed the conversion.

Next on the scoresheet would be returning No8 Daz Cullip who received the ball from a simple inside pass from fellow back rower Matt Orton. Armstrong converted.

Finally to wrap up a majestic half of attacking rugby, Armstrong crossed the whitewash himself as he tore away down the touchline to score and then convert his own try for a half time score of 68-0.

The half-time break did little to stem the flow of the game as Bodmin came out with exactly the same intensity and desire and were rapidly on the scoreboard again as Cater fed hooker Seb Williams to burst down the touchline and score. Armstrong adding the extras once again.

Carter then turned scorer again as he became the second player to complete his hat trick, an excellent line seeing the centre scythe through the Camelford defence. Armstrong adding the conversion.

Not to be outdone, Coad took little time to add his fourth as another typically strong burst saw the teenager smash through and accelerate away from the ever tiring defence. Armstrong adding his 12th conversion of the day.

Bodmin refused to take their foot off the gas and fantastically quick recycled ball saw Armstrong fed out wide to step inside and reach out for his second of the match. This time however he was unable to convert his own try.

Man of the match Coad then added his fifth try before Armstrong slotted yet another conversion to bring up the century of points with a quarter of the game still to go.

Wave after wave of Bodmin attack refused to destroy Camelford's spirits as they endeavoured to the very end of the match with maximum effort.

However, their tiring defensive efforts on a tiring pitch provided more gaps for the home side.

Powerful running from prop Guy Taylor continued to push Camelford onto the back foot before a number of near misses almost saw winger Morgan Jope cross for his opening first team try.

Williams grabbed the next try though as his support work was rewarded with an unopposed run under the posts. Armstrong again converted.

Bodmin had unloaded their bench with rare appearances for veterans Marc Flowerdew and Richard Edyvean. But it was replacement winger Matt Hawken who added the 17th try as he ducked and weaved his way past the covering defence to touchdown. Armstrong converted.

The back row then linked well as Wendon was fed the ball by Trevarthen before quickly popping the ball to Orton on a terrific line for the blindside to score. Armstrong adding his penultimate score.

The onslaught finally ended with a rare try for second row Jon Day as the second row sprung up well in support and cantered over the try line to seal an overwhelming victory. Armstrong adding his 17th conversion for a personal points tally of 44.

This Saturday, Bodmin host Lankelly-Fowey in another Cornwall Clubs' Cup group game (2.30pm).

A thank you must be made to Richard Edyvean and Tony Hicks, whose sterling efforts ensured that Saturday's game was able to go ahead after the terrible weather of recent weeks.

Bodmin: J Rutty, S Williams, G Taylor, J Day, L Thomas, M Orton, O Wendon, D Cullip, S Helgesen, M Trevarthen (c), M Jope, A Coad, P Carter, C Armstrong, D Pooley.

Replacements: R Edyvean, M Flowerdew, M Hawken.

Scorers. Tries: Coad (5), Carter (3), Armstrong (2), Williams (2), Thomas, Trevarthen, Wendon, Cullip, Hawken, Orton, Day. Conversions: Armstrong (17).

Harbour Brewing Co Man of the Match: Andrew Coad.

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