Wall praises Cully after beating Camborne
CULLOMPTON head coach Chris Wall praised the effort of his players, after they beat promotion-chasing Camborne at Stafford Park on Saturday.
Wall had been left frustrated after his side threw away a 13-point lead against Chard the previous weekend.
He called for a response from his team and he got it as Cully raced into a 21-point lead in the opening 14 minutes and went on to win 27-12.
Wall said: "We started the game well and that is what we wanted following last week when we lost to Chard, because it is a game we really should have won.
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"We knew Camborne were going to be strong, so we worked hard in training and made sure we got our preparation right."
The opening try saw Cullompton players move the ball through a number of hands before Lee Powell crossed out wide and Ross Toms converted.
A solo effort from Toms was added moments later, before Powell winged in for a similar try to his first as the Cullompton team-work paid off once more.
Toms added a third conversion and, with less than 20 minutes gone, it looked like a drubbing was on the cards. A further penalty from Toms made it 24-0 at the break.
Toms added another penalty after the interval, but the second half was overshadowed by a massive brawl that saw Cullompton's Marcus Roberts and Camborne's Ashley Lawton both sent to the sin bin.
After that it was Camborne who had the better of the play. They pushed the home side back and added tries through Lawton, on his return from the sin-bin, and Laurie Manna.
However, Cullompton put in a strong defensive second-half display to restrict the visitors' chances – something that pleased the head coach.
"We knew that at the start of second half they were going to come at us all guns blazing and they did that," said Wall.
"Our defence was really good at keeping them out at the end of the first half and I think that set the tone for the second. For all the good attacking play first half, it was a really gutsy defensive display in the second half and that was pleasing."
The result against the side third in the division hints that Cullompton can work their way into the shake-up at the top, but Wall is not getting carried away with the result.
"We have got to take every game as it comes," he said. "We set ourselves a target at the start of the season to win as many games as possible.
"If we can get some consistency in our game we will do very well. It is a really tough league, but I think we showed on Saturday that we can be a match for anyone."