Old guard rush to the rescue for Barbarians
Plymouth Barbarians…0 Newquay Hornets…56
THIRD-bottom Barbs ended up calling on the old guard as they were without at least 25 players before their match at Bull Point had even started.
Joint head coach Danny Stevens said the city side called upon the services of allegedly retired Rory McGill, who was looking forward to a bench place with the second team.
Wayne Delenty, with Baa-Baas when they were Plymouth Civil Service, also unexpectedly found himself in the thick of it.
And the club's other head coach, Dave Clarke, who had sworn off regular first team rugby after a serious leg injury, found himself playing a full 80 minutes against Hornets.
"We were struggling," said Stevens afterwards. "We worked it out that we had somewhere between 25 and 30 players unavailable, because not all of them have yet been registered to play with the first team, although they can play for the seconds.
"This was supposed to be a weekend off from the league, but the game was rearranged after everything got called off last week.
"At one point, I thought we were going to have to call the match off and forfeit five points, which would not have been good in our position." Pirates Amateurs…27 OPMs…16
DESPITE several of their first team heading off to Twickenham, OPMs gave a good account of themselves at sixth-placed Pirates Amateurs.
OPMs defended well, but struggled against Pirates' strong kicking game. The city team's points came from a John McGarry try and a conversion and three penalties from Gavin Rea.
LISKEARD-LOOE can consider themselves unlucky to lose at home to Hayle, despite letting slip an 18-3 half-time lead at Lux Park.
As a result, Lions remain in the bottom two, the hosts' first-half dominance producing a tries for Mark Moody and Charlie Brown.
Noel-Johnson's kicking was a plus splitting the uprights with conversion and penalty attempts.