Club captain Chris Morgan may have been a tad disappointed not to upset unbeaten league leaders London Irish on Saturday, although he felt it was fantastic to face a side of their calibre and delighted that his charges gave 80 minutes of graft to give a good account of themselves.
The match against ‘Irish’ marked a special occasion for Chris, who was making his 200th appearance for the club, and speaking after the match said:
“I felt very proud and it was brilliant that my family were here and I was able to run out holding my two young sons, Alex and James.”
“The Pirates are special, with our coaches, players, support staff and volunteers providing a good feel overall.
In a long career I have especially enjoyed the challenges and battles faced against a number of stronger sides.
Scoring lots of points is okay but there is nothing better than to test yourself in tough games against the best, and being part of a group fighting for the cause always makes it worthwhile.”
In the past club coaches Alan Paver and Gavin Cattle have played a lot of their rugby alongside ‘Morgs’ and not surprisingly hold him in high regard.
“Chris is a complete legend, valued by everyone. If our youngsters can be half the man he is both on and off the pitch then they’ll form a good group of men.
Credit to them for the effort they put in on Saturday, despite not quite being able to get the result we wanted.”
Also admiring Chris both as a player and a person, Alan said: “For Chris to reach the 200 games for the Pirates is a fantastic milestone, and there is still a lot more rugby in him yet, as he is playing superbly.
Morgs is a great man to have around, and he is always the first to stand up when the going gets tough. He gives so much to the club, is a special guy and also a special friend.”
Chris speaking after the match with ex Pirate Blair Cowan