Plymouth Albion / Rugby

Dawe warns Cornwall that the job’s not done yet

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GRAHAM DAWE has warned his Cornwall team not to think their County Championship job is done.

The defending champions, who have eight Plymouth Albion players in their squad, made it two wins out of two on Saturday by beating Hertfordshire 23-15 at Bishop Stortford.

It means they sit top of their pool with a home game against winless Surrey to come this coming weekend.

A victory against Surrey would guarantee Cornwall a return to Twickenham for a fourth successive year, but Dawe insists there is still a lot of work to be done. Surrey will arrive at Camborne knowing they need to win to try and avoid relegation after defeats to Gloucestershire and Hertfordshire.

“There’s a lot of people suggesting we are already there (at Twickenham), but that’s not the case,” said Dawe. “We have to try and get the job done at Camborne. Next weekend could be a damp squib. We can’t think about anything other than 3pm next Saturday.”

Cornwall have had to dig really deep in their opening two games.

They needed a last-gasp try to beat Gloucestershire in their opening match and then had to soak up a lot of Hertfordshire pressure on Saturday.

“It was a very hard-fought win,” said Dawe about his side’s victory at Bishop Stortford. “We really had to hang in there when the tide turned against us.

“It was a very tight game and Hertfordshire played really well.”

On the Cornwall side, Dawe added: “This team has built up a good bond and team spirit over the last three weeks and hopefully there is more in the tank, but we don’t know that.”

All Cornwall’s points were scored by Plymouth Albion players, with Sam Matavesi (2) and Herbie Stupple scoring tries and Matt Shepherd kicking eight points.

Fellow Albion players Jake Murphy, Robin Wedlake, Billy Searle, Rupert Freestone and Jon Dawe also featured in Saturday’s match.

Club team-mates Christian Judge and Seti Raumakita, who have missed the opening two games due to injury and suspension, could come into Cornwall’s plans for the Surrey game.

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