Sunday 23rd October 2016
British & Irish Cup Rd 2
The Mennaye, Penzance
Rheon's return to a blustery Mennaye Field may not have produced a happy outcome for the Aberavon Wizard – but that will be soon forgotten, as his former team mates enjoyed a comfortable five pointer in this – their second British & Irish Cup Pool 3 tie of the current campaign.
Before the action commenced though, there was a true display of the rugby family's bond – as players, officials and supporters joined in unison – for sixty seconds applause in tribute to 'Axel'. The loss of Munster's head coach and former Ireland international – Anthony Foley – clearly being acknowledged by One and All.
The game itself got off to a flyer – with Pirates skipper, Tom Duncan rounding off a fast start by the hosts – with only 80 seconds on the clock. Indeed, Jack Arnott could have added to this success before radio commentary had properly started – but for the strong breeze on the winger's back spoiling his kick through.