Sunday March 26th 2017
Greene King IPA Championship Rd 20
Mennaye Field Penzance
Spring it would seem, had sprung at last - as this particular rugby fixture provided clear evidence that 'We' do indeed - know how to “jolly well carry on”. This in spite of this week's futile attempt to disrupt the notion in the Capital. Sixty sun drenched seconds prior to kick off, can only have underlined the unity on display.
The ensuing eighty minutes exemplified how camaraderie is executed on our field of play – with Doncaster & the Pirates hammering ten bells out of each other, in the pursuit of that prized play off spot.
Coming into the game and it was the visitors seemingly in the driving seat, with a nine point cushion to defend. Or indeed extend – thus taking them out of the Cornishmen's range. Given the hosts' run of three defeats prior – form suggested this was of a high probability given the Knights' success over Carnegie the week before.
But then what does 'form' know?
A brisk opening from both sides, suggested a lively and entertaining encounter beckoned. We weren't to be disappointed....
Mr O'Grady's patience proved to be the turning point with the Pirates threatening around the quarter hour – and turning the screw on the Yorkshiremen's back with increasing success. Falcons dual reg-er – Glen Young walked for 'ten' whilst the official trotted under the sticks for his trouble.
The Pirates sniffed blood and pressed further – assisted with skipper Morgs' honed right peg proving that forwards can kick when they try. More close in pressure built on Donny's defence and it was Max Bodilly that doubled the host's try count just before Young returned from his sojourn in the sun.
Sadly, Jack Innard's shoulder had cried enough by then – it's dislocation ending the young hooker's season in effect. Step up MoM Marlen Walker to earn his corn – filling in dependably in the middle of the scrum and at lineout time with distinction.
Doncaster now seemed decidedly 'flat' – but a penalty from Flockie notched up their first points – so they couldn't be written off just yet.
Kyle Moyle's brace either side of the break did though make strides towards allowing the ink to dry so to speak – and this despite former Hunter being bundled over the Newlyn End line, on the stroke of half time. The winger's first though deserves a mention in despatches – with a double sidestep on the Knights 10m line, carving a trouble free 40m scamper to the Clubhouse Corner.
After oranges had been sucked – and with the Pirates missing the influence of Tom Duncan at the back of the scrum for ten minutes – it was crucial the homesters snuffed out any nonsense from the visitors.
Moyler capitalised on May's deft grubber as we've already established – the fly half giving Beuks a demonstration as to how it is done only moments before.
Roared on by Mother – celebrating her 'day' audibly in the infamous Naughty Boys Corner – it was Paver's Scrummaging Masterclass on the training grounds that followed this up.
Donny were visibly creaking at this point – which Laurence May punished with three more points to stretch the lead to three scores. Only a single quarter now remained.
Former Pirate talisman – Aaron Carpenter – did though give his side hope of salvaging something as he fell decisively over the Penzance End line.
Hopes of a crucial bonus point extinguished as time up loomed however. The Pirates wanted more and were rewarded for their ambition through some great interplay between Bodilly & De Battista, that saw May L burst through to the crowd's obvious delight. The fly half's conversion out wide providing the proverbial icing.
50 Toby May, Kyle Moyle (22 Jack Arnott 62), 13 Tom Hendrickson, 12 Nicolas De Battista, 11 Max Bodilly, 10 Laurence May, 9 Alex Day, 1 Marlen Walker, 2 Jack Innard (Jack Andrew 25), 3 Paul Andrew, 4 Chris Morgan (capt), 5 Brett Beukeboom (18 Josh Caulfield 70), 6 Jake Parker, (19 John Stevens 64) 7 Dan Lee, 8 Tom Duncan
Replacements: un-used 17 Luke Chapman, 20 Mike Pope & 21 Will Cargill
Tries: Penalty (17), Bodilly (27), Moyle (34,45), L.May (79)
Cons: L.May (18,35,46)
Pens: L.May (55)
Yellow: Tom Duncan (39-49)
15 Paul Jarvis, 14 Dougie Flockhart, 13 Andy Bulumakau, 12 Lloyd Hayes, 11 Tyson Lewis, 10 Simon Humberstone (22 Dec Cusack 15), 9 Michael Heaney (21 Sam Edgerley 59), 1 Rich List (16 Jack Bergmanas 51), 2 Ben Hunter (17 Dave Nelson 56), 3 Colin Quigley (18 Joe Sproston 51), 4 Matt Challinor (19 Joe Maksymiw 48), 5 Glen Young, 6 Jack Ram (20 Alex Shaw 57), 7 Michael Hills ©, 8 Aaron Carpenter
Replacements: all used
Tries: Hunter (39), Carpenter (63)
Cons: Flockhart (40,64)
Pens: Flockhart (32)
Yellow: Glen Young (18-28)
Referee: Matthew O'Grady
AR1: Simon Adams
AR2: Gareth Copsey
4th: Daniel Collins
Assessor: Steve Leyshon
Man of Match: Marlen Walker