Lap of honour at Royal Cornwall Show for Cornish Rugby heroes

June 02nd, 2015

Cornish rugby fans will be able to show their appreciation to Cornwall’s victorious rugby team when the players mark Sunday’s triumph in the county championship at Twickenham with a lap of honour at the Royal Cornwall Show this week. The Bill Beaumont Cup will be paraded by members of the winning team in the show’s main ring at 3pm on Saturday 6th June.

Secretary of the Royal Cornwall Show, Christopher Riddle said, “Rugby is as much part of the Cornish way of life as the Royal Cornwall Show is. It seems right to bring the two together by inviting the Cornwall team along to the show on Saturday to show off the cup and lap up the deserved applause in the main ring.”

“There should be a big crowd gathered to show them all how proud we are of their achievement.”

Cornwall skipper Kyle Marriott attributed his side’s successful county championship campaign to their rugged defence. In his first trip to Twickenham with the Black and Golds, Marriott lifted the Bill Beaumont trophy after Cornwall defeated Lancashire 18-13 to end a three-year run of disappointment in the competition.

Lancashire defeated Cornwall in both 2013 and 2014 and were looking to make it a third victory on the bounce. As they had last year, they mounted a late assault on the Cornish lines and last year, that worked. This year, however, Cornwall, despite losing full-back Billy Searle to a yellow-card, held firm.

Marriott admitted a few more minutes in a nail-biting game may have made a difference to the final scoreline, which went 18-13 in Cornwall’s favour.

Following Sunday’s victory he said: “We felt we had really good control in the game, but Lancashire are such a dangerous side and with five minutes to go, they got that try, but the strength of our campaign has been our defence and that was the difference today.”

The Royal Cornwall Show starts on Thursday and runs for three days with an attendance of well in excess of 100,000 people expected for the event. The showgrounds are only 40 minutes by car from The Valley’s 5 star cottages in Cornwall, where some late availability remains for arrivals this week.