Sunday 9th October 2016
Greene King IPA Championship Rd 6
Mennaye Field Penzance
Carnegie's charabanc, may well be filled the aroma of a certain brand of pizza named after an 'old mans' pub game - but any feasting to savour their unbeaten start to the season, will certainly be tempered in the knowledge that they'd been pushed hard to earn any extra pepperoni topping.
From a Pirates perspective - it was a case of “if only for another minute or so longer”- which may (or may not) have rewarded a swashbuckling performance with at least a couple more league points than the solitary losing one, they had to settle for. But we'll have to draw a veil over that – and assume that there was some extra vigour and feeling, incorporated into the Cadgwith Singers' post match rendition of Grandfathers Clock, instead. If you get my drift...
The vibe post match however, was rightfully positive – and despite being denied the grandstand finish, that had looked increasingly possible – from the moment Alex Dancer...well...danced through a static looking Yorkshire defence on the hour.
At this point, that well-oiled machine - otherwise known as Carnegie’s Maul - had struck twice either side of the break through O’Donnell & Nilsen and gives that air of menace that the contest was all but over. This after a first half, which had seen the hosts unfortunate to go in a point down.
Jake Parker's 4th minute try, following a dangerous break down the left flank by Walker, (Headline Pic) had set down an early marker for the Pirates that didn't flatter.
Until O'Donnell's telling score on the stroke of half time, Carnegie's only serious foray into the Cornish half came at the period's mid-point. A delightful sequence of handling begun by McColl inside his own half – lead to winger, Jonah Holmes, running under the Newlyn posts to level the tie, with help of Joe Ford's first pot at goal. But this was the sum of their efforts as the Pirates by and largely bossed the game with pace and no shortage of tenacity.
Two out of three penalty shots by Laurence May therefore looked to be enough, to at least turn around ahead and with something to build on. But one or two clear try scoring opportunities that had gone begging, soon began to hurt when Yorkshire began to rumble.
By the time Richard Beck had nabbed his side's bonus point try – and despite a 3rd penalty from May just moments before – the game looked as good as over.
Enter Dancer stage centre, to re-ignite Cornish hopes and have the home faithful in raptures – and the Pirates resplendent in their new hooped kit (at last) now seemingly on fire. Not even the setback of conceding a fifth try to Joe Ford's opportunist score from a turnover on his own '22', appeared to quell Pirates' belief.
With five minutes remaining an innocuous looking gather by Matt Evans gave little indication that the Try of the Season competition, would be all but decided.
The Canadian international clearly spotted a gap that promised territory gain for sure....Eighty metres later and with a trail of beaten opponents in his wake – including a cheeky hand off of McColl near the line – this match's outcome hung in the balance.
Yorkshire's situation looked even more precarious when replacement back row Richard Mayhew, limped off with his side now out of fresh legs. The Pirates smelt blood and went for the jugular following the restart and were ready for a lineout on Carnegie's 10m line- urged on by their vociferous support....
It wasn't to be.
Speaking afterwards a little early – Gavin Cattle was disappointed with the result but excited about his young charges reaction, commenting that they were, “...talking about next week already...” and “....getting back on the horse and getting the momentum going again”.
15 Toby May, 14 Kyle Moyle, 13 Alex Dancer, 12 Nicolas De Battista
11 Matt Evans, 10 Laurence May, 9 Alex Day (21 Mike Pope 70)
1 Marlen Walker (17 Paul Andrew 57), 2 Rob Elloway (16 Jack Innard 48)
3 Jack Andrew (18 Tyler Gendall 40), 4, Chris Morgan (capt)
5 Brett Beukeboom (19 Edd Pascoe 67), 6 Jake Parker, 7 Alex Cheesman
8 Dan Lee (20 Sam Simmonds 21- 34 blood & 57).
Replacements: un-used 22 Will Cargill
Tries: Parker (4), Dancer (59), Evans (75)
Cons: May (5,60,)
Pens: May (33,37,49)
15 Stevie McColl, 14 Jonah Holmes, 13 Alex Gray, 12 Pete Lucock
11 Seb Stegmann (22 Andy Forsyth 75), 10 Joe Ford
9 Alex Davies (21 Max Green 62), 1 Lewis Boyce (17 Lee Imiolek 67)
2 Phil Nilsen (16 Ross Graham 67), 3 Rob O'Donnell (18 James Thraves 57)
4 Dean Schofield (19 Jack Whetton 67), 5 Matt Smith
6 Richard Beck (20 Richard Mayhew 62), 7 Andy Saull, 8 Ryan Burrows (c).
Replacements: all used
Tries: Holmes (24), O'Donnell (39), Nilsen (46), Beck (56), Ford (69)
Cons: Ford (25,40,47,57,70)
Referee: Luke Pearce
Assistants: Clare Daniels & Michael Patz
4th Official: Shane Lewis
Performance Reviewer: Lloyd Jackson
Man of Match: Alex Cheesman