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'Turn Twickenham Black and Gold'

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 7:02am 27th May 2014.

The Cornwall captain says he wants to turn Twickenham black and gold.

Ben Hilton has been speaking after the Duchy side secured a place in the finals of the County Championship, after beating Hertfordshire at the weekend.

We will take on Lancashire - the side that beat us last season - on Sunday.

RFU President Ken Plummer said "A superb advert for Cornish rugby, the boys played with heart and passion in front of a mainly Cornish crowd in Hertfordshire. Now we travel to Twickenham next weekend where I want revenge. Revenge for the game I played and lost in, and revenge for our defeat last season, both against Lancashire. Boys go and play your hearts out in one of the best stadiums in the world for rugby, many dream, but few ever have the opportunity to play there"


The Cornwall team now travel to Twickenham for the final against Lancashire on Sunday with a 12.15 kick off.

Cornwall coach Graham Dawe said: "This match was always going to be a real battle, and today the Cornish lads certainly earned their battle colours. Good defence, a strong forward pack, exciting backs all contributed to the victory. Hertfordshire are a very strong team and we knew we must not only win, but dominate certain areas of play.

"We have some tired bodies now, but when you see the front row play the full 80 minutes, that's what it means for them to play in this shirt. Now we work hard this week and prepare for the ultimate test Lancashire.

"We will train before selecting the match day squad which will be a real headache for us due to the quality and commitment of the squad who have played, and are on the fringes."

This was Cornwall's only away game in this year's pool stage of the competition and leaves them topping the southern pool.

Cornwall Captain Ben Hilton said: "We went to Hertfordshire with a game plan and stuck to it even though the weather changed so much prior and during the game. The guys knew what we had to do  it was not as high scoring or with as many tries as are previous games, but getting the win was the important factor and takes us our second successive Twickenham appearance.

"What can I say about the support? Magnificent as always and thank you everyone who made the effort to attend the match. The crowd was just over 550 and I think 500 of them were wearing or cheering the black and gold, absolutely awesome. Now we need to get the rallying call going out all across the Duchy for next weekend.

"All roads lead to Twickenham where we face the team that beat us last year Lancashire. It would be great if we could see that stadium turn black and gold."

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