The Truro and Penwith College Rugby Academy have returned from two international tournaments which saw them reach the finals stages of prestigious competitions in both Dubai and Japan.
The first 15 travelled to Dubai for the Middle East Schools International Rugby Festival. With teams representing the United Arab Emirates and England, Truro and Penwith College’s match schedule included the Universal American School, Dubai College, Dubai Hurricanes and Filton College.
After the early rounds, the College again met their South West rivals, Filton College for the final. Truro and Penwith led the exciting match until the closing moments only to lose 17-15 to a very strong Filton side.
Despite coming away with second place, Truro and Penwith College were awarded the trophy for the most sporting team in the tournament.
The Middle East visit was rounded off with an extra fixture in Abu Dhabi The French School. The squad won the match comfortably and were impressed by the fantastic facilities and a pitch surface better than that at Twickenham.
Truro and Penwith College also competed for the second time at the Sanix World Rugby Tournament. Returning to Japan, the squad were surprised by how much the Japanese teams had improved over the past two years.
The team progressed to the quarter finals after winning their group to meet Gakien High School Osaka. This was a hard fought game, but the College emerged as winners with a final score of 27-21. The College were again victorious in the semi-final against Higashi Fukuoka High School and after a close first half stretched away to become eventual 40-13 winners.
The final of the tournament was between Truro and Penwith College and Kelston Boys High School, the New Zealand champions at Under 18 and a Rugby Academy which has had nine former pupils go on to play for the New Zealand All Blacks.
Truro and Penwith played very positively in the first half against the wind with top try scorer Tyler Gendall crashing over from close range to take his tally to 6 tries for the tournament. Kelston responded almost immediately with a goal and following a Max Bodilly penalty the score at half time was 10-7 to Truro and Penwith. In the second half hopes were high but Kelston rose to the challenge and played some superb rugby to win an excellent final 37-24.
Truro and Penwith College Coach, Steve Larkins said “This is truly a world class tournament with top class opposition. The organisation and hospitality are of the highest standard and the College were very fortunate to be invited back for a second time. We feel we have established very strong links with our Japanese friends and who knows, we might be invited back again.”