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Extended Season for South West Rugby

Bad weather means season will run until Easter

Last Updated: Feb 18, 2014 07:30pm
Pentewan Valley, Cornwall
By St Austell RFC
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The plethora of postponements caused by the terrible weather means that the season will now run until Easter.

SW RFU Competitions have allocated new dates to all the postponed games with matches now scheduled for Easter Saturday (19/04/14) and in three cases Easter Monday (21/04/14) as well. At the moment the SW1 West v SW1 East play-off remains scheduled for Saturday 26/04/14.
The South West RFU will continue to look at all re-arranged fixtures to see if by moving them around more efficient use can be made of the remaining Saturdays this season. Clubs have also been invited to review their own games and explore options for midweek fixtures under lights or when the clocks change.
In comparison to many Clubs St Austell RFC have not so far been unduly affected by the fixture pile up in the league. Luckily for the Saints only two games were impacted despite having 3 matches postponed as our visit to Chard twice fell victim to waterlogged pitches. It has meant that all “free” Saturdays are now gone starting with Saturday’s trip to Hornets RFC.
It will hopefully be third time lucky for the trip to Chard RFC on 15 March 2014.
With Hornets and Chard playing two games over the Easter period and Cleve in action on Easter Saturday and assuming that the SW1 West continues to be tight at top it looks like nothing will be decided until Easter Monday. That assumes there are no more postponements in the weeks ahead!
A full list of league fixtures can be found here.
It is in the Cornwall County Cup where the Saints have felt the pinch with the semi-final against Saltash moved to Sunday 09/03/14 (2:30pm) the day after the home league against Cullompton. 
It is the same story in the other semi-final with both Camborne and Penryn now looking to agree a Sunday date with rearranged league matches now consuming all the remaining Saturday dates.
The County Cup Final is currently scheduled for Easter Saturday (19/04/14); at this stage St Austell, Saltash and Camborne are “free” on that weekend but Penryn are scheduled to travel to Teignmouth for what could be a pivotal promotion match in the Cornwall & Devon league. Camborne are still waiting on news of their abandoned match at Clevedon when the home teams’ posts fell down in high winds after 22 minutes with Town 6-0 down. Any replay looks likely to be scheduled for Easter Saturday.
All in all it looks like it is going to be a congested end to the season but one full of excitement!
Let’s hope for good weather this week and our trip to Hornets RFC goes ahead as planned!

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