Rugby League: Cornwall revel in Origin match win

Cornwall celebrate their victory

Cornwall Rugby League secretary Rob Butland has hailed the County of Origin clash with Devon as "a great advert for rugby league".

A late try from Cornwall full-back Matt Shepherd clinched a 36-26 victory for his side in Redruth.

"It was a fantastic game of rugby. We couldn't be prouder," Butland told BBC Radio Cornwall.

"It was a great night. It could have gone either way but we managed to pull away at the end."

Butland added: "Every player played outstandingly, there wasn't a bad performance on the pitch.

"There were huge tackles and some hard running and it was just a great advert for rugby league."

Shepherd scored the first and last tries of the match and kicked six conversions for a personal tally of 20 points.

"It was a great performance from him but we had 13 guys on the pitch, a squad of 20 and every one of them put a real shift in," added Butland.

Cornwall: Matt Shepherd, Alex Ducker, Aaron Hunt, Guy Pallett, Ashley Taylor, Paul Saberton, Andy Webster, Ethan Pattison, Jono Jones, James Ford, Ashley Lawton, Martyn Lawrance, Kye Beasley (Capt) Subs: Matt Williams, Martin Middlewood, Steve Homer, Scott Marshall, Grant Thirlby, Jake Butcher, Darren Pellow.

Tries: Shepherd 2, Williams, Marshall, Ducker, Pattison

Cons: Shepherd 6

Devon: Ozzy Flowers, Ed Powell, Joe Briggs, Nathan Barnes, Manoa Cakacaka, Billy Stockwell, Alex Ford, Dec Sexton, Alex Stevens (Capt), Russell Morris, Stuart Lovick, Nick Wolley, Dave Walter Subs: Scott Galloway, Nigel East, Shaun East, Jack Carlisle, Ben Tharme, Ben Cowley, Rob Ede.

Tries: Morris, Wolley, Briggs, Flowers, Ford

Cons: Stevens 3

Referee: Chris Symons

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