Saturday 18th March 2017
Greene King IPA Championship Rd 19
Half an hour of O'Blitzkreig all but ended any Cornish hope of some share of the craic at the St Patrick's Party at the Madejeski – as an ominously strong London Irish outfit came out of the blocks on fire.
Tries for Ojo, Paice, De Chaves, Ransom (2) & Lewington cruelly exposed a Pirates side functioning on fumes it would seem – as a promising season appears to have taken it's toll.
Some woeful defence at times clearly contributed – but that spirit that has been synonymous of the current campaign – did at last shine through as the first period's conclusion hove into view.
Inspired by the reliable hands in the air of full back Toby May – the visitors finally got their hands on the ball properly. Cargill's break down the left created a sight of the line for Jake Parker – accompanied by a couple of Irish defenders clambering all over the back row's back. Parker 1 Irish 0!
From the restart, the Cornishmen pressed again and set up camp in the hosts' 22. A side step from Dan Lee revealed daylight that the impressive Alex Dancer – on his return to action – benefitted from for a try of his own. From nothing but a hiding all but on the cards – the Pirates looked good for a four try bonus if nothing else.
This possibility grew ever closer as the second period kicked off and the Cornishmen picked up from where they had left off.
Wave after wave of attacks were thrown at the men in green – whose defence was now booked in for some overtime it seemed.
In the end however Irish's line was not to be breached – despite some valiant attempts – most notably by Nicholas De Battista, who came agonisingly close on no less than three occasions.