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Your News Launceston 34 - Blaydon 3

Blaydon had little to show for their long trip to Cornwall, particularly in the second half when they outplayed the home side for long periods but somehow contrived to lose possession whenever they got close to the try line. Disappointingly they then conceded two late tries that were entirely against the run of play, leading to an unrealistic scoreline.

Launceston did however have a distinct advantage in the forward battle with some tremendous driving mauls, and were also well served by a match winning performance from their captain and fly-half Tony Yapp who had a 100% kicking record and generally dictated the home tactics in what were horrendous conditions.

Hooker Darren Semmens burrowed over for a 7th minute try to give them an ideal start, and then centre Malcom Roberts cut through for a second score middway in the half. Yapp converted both efforts and had also added a penalty before Blaydon got their only points of the game, an Adam Armstrong penalty following a long period of pressure.

It was all Blaydon for much of the second period but after Yapp had struck again Launceston stretched their lead with a disputed try by lock forward Ban Hylton from what appeared to be a knock-on, and then rubbed salt into the wound by adding a bizarre score when the ball was hacked from one end of the field to the other by numerous feet to be eventually finished off by winger Kieron Lewipp.

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