A thrilling contest at the home of English rugby in Twickenham saw Cornwall stage a dramatic last-minute comeback to claim the top prize in English county rugby.
Facing a side from Cheshire, Cornwall were the first to get points on the board with an 18th minute try from Alex Ducker which was converted by Fraser Honey.
That was how it stood as Cornwall looked forward to re-grouping at the break with a 7-0 lead. But then came a potentially game-changing decision as the referee showed Jack Oulton a red card, meaning the black and golds would have to play the entire second half with 14 men.
Cheshire made their advantage pay early in the second half, taking the score to 7-5. The men from the north pressed on against heroic Cornish resistance and, with just nine minutes remaining, took a 12-7 lead with a converted try – the first time they had been ahead in the entire match.
The numerical advantage swung back Cornwall’s way in the final few minutes of the match as two yellow cards reduced Cheshire to 13 men. But it wouldn’t be until eight minutes into overtime that Cornwall could take advantage as Seti Raumakita’s dramatic try levelled it up at 12-12. The black and gold contingent held their breath, but Matt Shepherd held his nerve to kick the conversion, leaving Cornwall 14-12 winners and their supporters in a state of mental collapse.
Cornwall have now featured in six out of the last seven finals, winning three of them.