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Thursday, 30 October 2014

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Double triumph for Cockermouth rugby in Edinburgh

COCKERMOUTH U16 and U17 sides both enjoyed victories when they went to Edinburgh to play their counterparts at the Portobello club.

The U16s meant business from the kick-off with a try by Steven Johnson in the first minute of the game.

This was the best try of the game with the ball caught by the forwards and run back at the home side with the backs finishing off the move.

There was strong running thoughout the game from forwards Harry Pammenton, Adam Brough and Matt Davis which gave the backs a platform to break through the home defence, scoring tries as Cockermouth dominated the first half.

In the second half Portobello rallied and made Cockermouth fight for possession which spurred Cockermouth on.

More strong running and tackling from the forwards let the backs free to run at the home side.

From this strong forward platform the forwards scored an excellent try when they took the ball against the head in the scrum and Pammenton broke from the scrum base to drive over from 15 metres scoring one of his tries.

Cockermouth’s try scorers were Josh Whild, Steven Johnson, Liam McAvoy, Pammenton, James Sewell, Jack Gaskell and Matty Wilson. Jack Clark added six conversions and the final score was 59-0 to Cockermouth.

The U17 match was entertaining and played with spirit and skill and captain Harry Rigby set the tone with an early try and conversion.

The pace continued with tries and game plays that kept the spectators’ attention.

There was a try made by Connor McKay and completed by Tom Smith. McKay then followed up with a try and conversion from a penalty run in 15 metres from the line.

A further try was made by Tom Stagg and scored by Shaun Kenshaw. This was justice for Stagg who had been denied a previous try by being held up.

The next try made by Liam McAvoy was completed by Glen Sutton. The final score was Cockermouth 31 Portobello 12.

Portobello were wonderful hosts, making all very welcome and sympathising with Cockermouth town and its flooding troubles.

After the two matches Cockermouth moved like locusts to Jimmy Chung’s Chinese restaurant where Phil Whyte’s old record of eating 17 jellies was beaten by Tobi Meek with 19.

This was followed by a trip to Murrayfield to see Scotland beat Australia.

The trip home was eventful as the bridges across the Derwent were closed but all credit to Ellenvale coaches and Steve Berwick who managed to get all home safely.

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