Bolingey v Helston

Sunday 10th March 2019

Pre-match: Bolingey Barbarians presented a cheque to the Sowenna Appeal for £5,547.00 to Barbara Vann, Chair of the Cornwall Foundation Trust. This will provide equipment for the new facility adjacent to Bodmin Hospital, Cornwall’s first adolescent mental health unit.


Match report:

The strong wind dictated tactics in this entertaining match,  Bolingey adapted well with good close support play which saw them cross the visitors line with four unanswered tries in the first half.

It was centre James Instance who opened the account after ten minutes making a looping run he rejoined the line and broke free of the defensive tackle. Instance was credited with an assist five minutes later with a deft pass to winger Colin Cooper who raced over in the corner.

Helston made the Barbarians work hard with some strong defence and counter attacks.

After several phases the Bolingey pack created a platform for their backs to break away and it was Instance who once again exploited a gap in defence to score his second.

A minute before half time another good handling move saw Cooper scoop the ball into the hands of strong running full back Mark Richards who touched down for Bolingey’s fourth.

The second half was a more even affair and Helston made use of the conditions to maintain good field position for long periods. But it was the Barbarians who managed to score first with a ‘reluctant’ hat trick by the ever present centre Instance.

Helston replied with a fine try when they regained possession creating space wide out to score. The elements made both sides work hard to apply sustained pressure and it was Helston who had the final say with a strong break through their back line for the last try of the match.




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