Sunday March 5th 2017
Greene King IPA Championship Rd 18
Mennaye Field Penzance
There can be no complaints from the Cornish Pirates camp in the aftermath of fellow play off hopefuls, Jersey’s first ever success at the Mennaye Field. This despite a late surge from the hosts - as they sought to cancel out McCarthy's 51st minute touchdown, that finally broke the deadlock in a contest in which, a roof rattling cross wind and heavy pitch mainly dominated.
Harvey Biljon's side thus took the spoils - and perhaps take the initiative back to St. Peter for next Friday evening's B & I Cup Quarter Final clash. But they will have to settle for still occupying 6th spot in the Championship table still - as Moyle's hope giving try ten minutes from the end denied them the added bonus of leap-frogging the Cornishmen in the standings.
On a scale of 1-10 in terms of a spectacle however – this afternoon's offering would trouble any judges as little as the match's scorers at either end of the ground. Pave's had it about right post match by describing it as....”....awful“. But it was at least intriguing and burgeoning with tension for the committed fan of either side.
A 'goal less' first half ensued – or should that be endured? A harsh call maybe – as some superb defence from the home side had prevented the Blues...sorry Reds...from getting an early advantage and with it some momentum.
Adair had been held up over the line for sure. But scrum time saw the Cornish pack dominate with 2 against the head to ease said pressure. This rearguard action ultimately allowed them to finish the half on the front foot.
Skipper Duncan was held up over the line himself. Whilst three successive penalty 'scrum fives' that went forward at a rate of knots – ended with a Jersey penalty of their own and the vital means of escape.
At the turnaround and with a deceptive sunny demeanour to the meteorology – this chance to finally gain a foothold being denied – began to hurt the Pirates. Jersey grew in belief and repeated their earlier threat. Sean the Prop awoke the scorekeepers, whilst Sheedy converted excellently – a kick that proved the difference.
When finally the home crowd's efforts to arouse their favourites out of their inertia told – time was slipping away fast. Crucially Cargill's attempt to add two levelling points to Moyle's nifty footwork and alertness, got caught in the wind.
But Jersey's nerves looked to be playing their part too – as successive penalties for the Pirates handed them a final chance in the Old Western National corner. The lineout which had struggled in these most trying of conditions – once again faltered – and the lines for a grandstand finish were fluffed.
St Piran will have to wait for a few more days if he is able to purr in celebration. I wouldn't bet against it – as we don't like to do things the 'easy way' in these parts.
15 Toby May, 14 Alex O’Meara, 50 Max Bodilly, 12 Tom Hendrickson, 11 Kyle Moyle, 10 Laurence May (21 Will Cargill 66), 9 Alex Day (20 Mike Pope 57) , 1 Marlen Walker, 2 Jack Innard, 3 Paul Andrew (16 Jack Andrew 52), 4 Jake Parker, 5 Josh Caulfield (19 Dan Lee 57), 6 Alex Cheesman, 7 John Stevens, 50 Tom Duncan (capt)
Replacements: un-used 17 Luke Chapman, Bar Bartlett & 22 Nicolas De Battista
Try: Moyle (69)
15 Jack Cuthbert, 14 Ross Adair, 13 Jordan Davies, 12 Kuki Ma'afu, 11 Nick Scott, 10 Callum Sheedy (22 Lewis Robling 66), 9 Kieran Hardy (21 Joel Dudley 61), 1 Sean McCarthy (17 Jake Woolmore 55), 2 Joe Buckle (16 Jack MacFarlane 45), 3 Mark Tampin (18 Jake Armstrong 48), 50 Pierce Phillips, 50 James Voss, 6 James Freeman (capt)(19 Uili Kolo'ofa'i 59), 7 Gary Graham, 8 Nick Haining (20 Max Argyle 66)
Replacements: all used
Tries: McCarthy (51)
Cons: Sheedy (52)
AR1: Daniel Parrott
AR2: Michael Patz
4th: Ben Russell
Assessors: Lloyd Jackson & Ashley Read
Man of Match: Tom Hendrickson