BRACKNELL’s resurgent start to 2018 continued with a third consecutive South West Premier victory, the Lily Hill men running out 26-12 winners at home to Camborne as they moved up to eighth in the table on Saturday.

In testing conditions, it was the home side who started brighter, and their efforts were rewarded on the quarter-of-an-hour mark when Peceli Nacamavutu drove off the back of a maul before popping the ball to Leo Bailey to score. The conversion from Chris Laidler was just wide, but Bracknell led 5-0.

Dan Ap Dafydd’s men quickly extended their advantage, prop Ken Dowding going over from close range before Laidler was again unable to add the extras.

The fly half did manage to knock over a brace of penalties for the hosts, but as the game became increasingly scrappy, Camborne’s stand-off David Makee replied with three of his own as his side cut the gap to 16-9 by the interval.

Makee added another three-pointer early in the second half to reduce the arrears to just four points, but any nerves building among the home faithful were dispelled when impressive wing Jiute Tipua continued his fine try-scoring form by finding space to cross the whitewash.

Laidler added the extras and Bracknell were back in command at 23-12 up.

There were few scoring opportunities in the remainder of the half, although a Vic Hardwicke penalty extended the hosts’ lead on 71 minutes.

With no further scores, Bracknell could celebrate a hard-fought victory which increased the gap between them and the releagtion zone.

Bracknell visit fifth-placed Cleve this coming Saturday (2pm).

  • CROWTHORNE RFC conceded a fourth consecutive BB&O Premier game and were hit with a 10-point deduction for their sixth forfeiture of the season as they failed to raise a side at second-placed Littlemore.