Rugby – Saltash v Bodmin – Match Report

Saltash Rugby
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On a heavy pitch, Saltash put in a workmanlike performance in dispatching a plucky Bodmin side that would not go away.

The visitors were much the stronger in the early exchanges and were 14 pts up in as many minutes with tries from full back Ryan Cruikshanks and hooker Ryan Rayner, both converted by Fly half Harrison Reburn.

On the half hour, Bodmin were rewarded for their persistence with a well taken try from full back Paul Carter. The third Ashes try came on the stroke of half time through number 8 Steve Hillman for a 19-5 lead for the visitors.

Saltash began much the same as they had finished the first half with a try down the left from Rayner then a further score that went through the hands across the back line for right wing Shaun Crawford to score in the corner, with Reburn converting for a 31-5 lead on 50 minutes.

The Ashes tide was subdued somewhat as the Blues scored an interception through centre Cody Armstrong then left wing Harry Harland to get to within 2 scores with 10 minutes to go.

Saltash stemmed the flow and scored through pressure of possession through flanker Lewis Wells, with Reburn adding the extras for a final score of 38-17.

Bodmin 17 pts Saltash 38 pts

Saltash – C.Carpenter, R.Rayner, T.Olds, C.Cooper, K.Felton, L.Wells, P.Eatwell, S.Hillman, D.Mulberry, G.Eatwell, K.Down, B.Hocking, S.Crawford, R.Cruikshanks Reps – R.Eatwell, T.Horlock, R.Thompson

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