Cornwall RLFC


Cornwall vs Midlands – Reaction

April 22, 2024

Head coach Mike Abbott – Colin Bradbury

Head coach Mike Abbott has admitted to feeling ‘low’ in the aftermath of Cornwall RLFC’s home defeat at the hands of Midlands Hurricanes.

However, the Memorial Ground chief backed his side to turn their fortunes around, starting with Sunday’s mammoth away trip to Workington Town.

The Choughs conceded 12 tries as the Birmingham based visitors racked up 72 points to home side’s six.

Ross Oakes, Ryan Johnson and Todd Horner all crossed the whitewash twice while Jake Sweeting kicked 12 conversions from as many attempts.

For Cornwall, the side’s solitary try came through Coby Nichol with eight minutes left, converted by Cameron Brown.

“I’m feeling really low about the performance,” Abbott told “I am also really frustrated and things are a little raw at the moment because Midlands were better than us in all the effort areas of the game.

“There was more desire and more enthusiasm from Midlands and that is something that I’ve never seen from a Cornwall side and I have been involved from the very start.

“I have always said that (rugby league) is all about effort and enthusiasm. If you get that right, you have a firm footing for success. We did that for 60 minutes at Keighley and also for long spells against Oldham.

“I was hoping that the skill and execution side to our game would come to the fore but some of our basics were lacking.

Abbott during Cornwall’s home loss to Midlands – Colin Bradbury

He added: “However, I won’t be low for long as we will back in (training) on Tuesday looking to put things right.

“I’m confident that we can do that as well although now is the time for us as a team to prove that we are as good as I think we are. A defeat like today may say otherwise but I think people have to look at other factors before writing us off completely.

“Fair play to Midlands, they were better than us all over the park and deserved their victory, but we had to change a team which gave Oldham a real fright and that did not help.

“Some of our lads were really strapped up and we took risks on others but I was still confident before the game.

“That ebbed away in the early exchanges and we were always on the back foot.”

With Nathan Cullen, Decarlo Trerise and Harry Boots all ruled out of this round six clash, does Abbott think any of his injured stars will return for Sunday’s game in Cumbria?

“It is too early to say at the moment,” he revealed. “Nathan has been brilliant for us this year, Harry is so workmanlike and Dec gives us good work in both attack and defence off the bench.

“Our medical staff will assess everyone at training this week before we make a decision on who we take to Workington. That will be tough because Muz (Anthony Murray, Workington Town head coach) will have his side ready to not give us an inch, and I wouldn’t expect anything else.

“Perhaps today was a reality check for us and I can see why some people may think that but with hard work to rectify things, I know we can continue to improve and move forward.”