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09
MAR

A dramatic last minute try from prop forward Robbie Kalbraier secured a first ever point for Blaydon on Cornish ground, ironically after a ten hour coach journey, when for all previous trips an expensive charter flight had brought them no reward for their foresight.

The start was equally dramatic and also produced a try when Blaydon gathered in from the kick-off for fly half Nick Gandy to chip over the Launceston backs, and winger Brendan Daniel raced through for the touchdown. Charlie Raynor slotted over the conversion from wide out to make it 0-7 inside a minute, a lead they held to the half hour.

Launceston had gradually come more into it and deservedly edged in front with two tries in five minutes, firstly through centre Ryan Westren who scooted in when Blaydon missed a tackle and then with a similar effort from their full-back John Fabian. Adam Staniforth was off target with both conversion attempts and the home side led 10-7 at the break.

Blaydon regained the lead shortly after the restart from a series of forward drives that resulted in a 6th try of the season for front-row Kalbraier, but in a ding dong battle Staniforth landed a brace of penalties at the other end.

Now trailing 16-12, Blaydon suffered injuries to key players Gandy and No.8 Jason Smithson, and Launceston took full advantage of the disruption for Westren to run in his second try of the game to make it a match winning lead.

The visitors were not lacking in determination however and a spirited late effort secured the valuable losing bonus point in what was the the final play of the game in the 14th minute of time added on.

Needing to keep the ball alive they ran a penalty, and then another, moving it from their own half up to the Launceston line where Kalbraier gratefully flopped down for the try to which Raynor added the points.

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