On Saturday Roseland entertained local rivals St Agnes to Philleigh for the penultimate league game of the 2016/17 season. Needing a win to lift them off the bottom of the table Roseland duly responded on their inaugural “Family Day”.
In the opening 20 minutes Roseland raced into a 14-0 lead thanks to two converted tries. The opening score came following a quick tap penalty by scrum half Tom Day who fed No8 Nathan Chapman who bundled over under the posts.
Fly Half Tommy Whiles was next to crash his way over the try line after handing off several defenders. Tommy converted both scores.
St Agnes responded with a try of their own in the latter stages of the first half for a half time score of 14-5.
The second half was a much more even affair with both sides battling hard. St Agnes scored the next try when their outside centre intercepted a telegraphed pass from Tommy Whiles to race in from the Roseland 22. This score was converted to make the score line 14-12.
Roseland, determined not to lose, fought tooth and nail to grab another try and after a sustained period of pressure on the St Agnes try line eventually broke the resistance when second row Ed Llewellyn crashed over. Tommy missed the conversion.
This was the end of the scoring but an entertaining game was had by all and the final score read 19-12.
Afterwards Roseland had a big photo with players, wives, children (the next generation of players!) and supporters all posing in their “Pasco’s Boatyard” sponsored hoodies showing that Roseland is a true family and community orientated club.