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'Super Cup' Final Cancelled

2nd April 2009

The Cornwall RFU Competitions Standing Committee has decided to cancel the Final of this season's CRFU Skinners Brewery Cornwall Super Cup, which was to have been played at St. Austell on Easter Monday.

A statement from the CRFU reads:

"It is with great regret that the Cornwall RFU Competitions Standing Committee has had to cancel the Final of this season's Cornwall Rugby Football Union Skinners Brewery Cornwall Super Cup, which was to have been played at Tregorrick Parc St Austell on Easter Bank Holiday Monday, 13th April.

Unfortunately, due to a variety of reasons, the group stage matches of the competition which were to be have been played by Sunday 22nd March, have not been completed in time. Therefore, it has not been possible to ascertain with any degree of certainty which of the competing clubs have qualified for the final of the competition and in consequence that final will not now take place.

The CRFU Competitions Standing Committee is extremely sorry that it has proved necessary to take this decision, but feels that it has been left with no other option. It wishes to express its sadness that the players, officials and supporters of the clubs, the competition sponsors Skinners Brewery and all supporters of Cornish rugby will be denied the final of the Duchy's premier cup competition, as well as all Cornish clubs a share of the gate. Clearly, if the Super Cup competition is to continue next season and in subsequent years, the rules will have to be tightened to ensure that this situation does not arise again.

It wishes to place on record its thanks to Skinners Brewery and Mr Steve Skinner in particular for their continued support of the Cornwall Cup competitions and Cornish rugby in general and to confirm that the other Finals between St Ives and Camborne in the Knock-out Cup and Bodmin and Stithians in the Clubs Cup will go ahead as planned on the same day and at the same venue."

Paul Cottle
Hon Secretary
CRFU Competitions Standing Committee

In reply to the CRFU's announcement, Cornish Pirates CEO Rod Coward said;

"If there is to be a common will amongst Clubs for this competition to continue in future years there has to be a much clearer acknowledgement on the part of the CRFU that League and National fixtures must always take precedence.

I think it's unfortunate that the CRFU have seen fit to publish a statement in the terms that it has, when it has been patently clear for many months that the competition was foundering through what amounts to lack of opportunity to play games on the part of those Clubs involved.

To now, less than two weeks before the scheduled Final, suggest that it is not possible to ascertain who the finalists are is as much a measure of the CRFU as the Clubs themselves.

The suggestion that rules will be tightened will, in my view, be counter-productive and simply mean the CRFU has failed to recognise the importance of fixtures that have greater priority. What is necessary is greater co-operation between Clubs and the CRFU, not less."

With reference to the now cancelled Final, it is remembered that the Pirates announced in March that they intended to fulfil the fixture, despite the fact that they would have played a tough local 'derby' encounter at home to Plymouth Albion just the day before.