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Exeter Chiefs 47 Cornish Pirates 15

Saturday 19th August
Pr-Season Friendly
Sandy Park
Exeter

As expected – the Pirates' visit to Sandy Park proved to be a sterner test than last weekend - and by default – a far more useful 'litmus test' for the upcoming season ahead.

The scoreline unsurprisingly reflected the Premiership quality within the Chiefs starting line-up - which was always going to make the difference come the final whistle. That said – in many respects it was only at scrum time, by and large – that the Pirates fell short. In so many other areas there was genuine competition.

A little more speed of thought and all round conditioning that the hosts (understandably) have – wouldn't go amiss either. A factor that suggested a very long afternoon potentially for the Cornishmen – as the Chiefs came out with all guns blazing. Kvesic rewarded his comrades' whirlwind opening within 3 minutes with the first of his brace – and we held our breath.

Not for long it has to be reported. By the time the first period's halfway point had been reached the Pirates had announced their presence out there and were actually leading. A penalty by May and an unconverted try for Cheesman shone light further on a promising set of players for the season ahead.

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