Cornish Pirates 22 Plymouth Albion 14

Woll's Report

Saturday August 26th 2017


Cornish Pirates 22 Plymouth Albion 14

Saturday 26th August
Mennaye Field

Woll's Report

The history books may well show that this was a 14th straight win for the Pirates in this latest edition of the cross Tamar derby with Albion. But not many at half time would have predicted as close a finish as Kieran Hallett's National One side threatened a quite stunning turnaround.

As late afternoon tea was taken – the hosts had quite simply outplayed their old adversaries from The Brickfields, to compliment nicely their excellent pre season.

Their three score and more advantage had been as deserved as it had been well executed. Laurence May's 3rd minute penalty had set the tone – although as it had transpired, ultimately proved to be a crucial arms length score come the final whistle.

True, Pirates' No 8 'talisman' Dunks had limped off at that same moment in time – but his replacement Tom Lawday seamlessly filled the void – grabbing a couple of tries in the process.

The first period saw Walker add a third try – and quite how Moyle's jinky run from more or less halfway didn't end with a fourth was a mystery.

But what was the worry? Albion's pack may well have been offering some resistance – but any serious threat looked a distant hope.

After the break – quel difference!!

A change of focus from Plymouth and a more direct approach – and it was as if the first half's scriptwriter had been summarily dismissed. Without a reference too.

There was too an air that the Cornishmen could do no right in Sir's eyes too – as absolutely everything met with the official's disdain.

On came the first half's naughty boy – Albion's fly half Mugford. Off went the home side's surf dude Cheesman to find a warm seat on the sidelines.

Pressure mounted and the inevitable happened when former Pirate try machine – Arnott – ghosted in at the Scoreboard Corner. Mugford's touchline conversion was sublime – adding further to the guy's street cred – following his recent gutsy revelations of his battle with the dreaded 'Black Dog'.

This turnaround in fortunes was to be cruelly slapped in the face - as former Redruth favourite, Robin Wedlake – sadly left the pitch on a stretcher with a distressing looking leg injury.

Albion's momentum was though maintained – but Skinner's successful chase for the grubber kick under the Penzance End posts came too late – much too the Pirates relief as they awkwardly ran down the clock.

Assume that this blot of the copybook will be addressed by the time we roll into into Vallis Way, Assume too that Gavs & Paves will 'see to this' given the stern looking faces from the dugout....

Cornish Pirates

15 Toby May, 14 Kyle Moyle, 13 Pete Laverick, 12 Nicolas De Battista, 11 Harrison Cully, 10 Laurence May, 9 Mike Pope, 8 Tom Duncan, 7 Alex Cheesman, 6 Rupert Cooper, 5 Toby Freeman, 4 Chris Morgan (captain), 3 Jack Andrew, 2 Tom Cowan-Dickie, 1 Marlen Walker

Replacements: all used Billy Keast, Christian Judge, Josh Caulfield, Matt Bolwell, Tom Lawday, Alex Day, Will Cargill, Alex O’Meara, Dan Koster, Harry Strong.

Tries: Lawday (17,36), Walker (23)
Cons: L.May (18,24)
Pens: L.May (3)

Yellow: Cheesman (52-62)

Plymouth Albion
15 Matt Shepherd, 14 Jack Arnott, 13 Tom Hendrickson, 12 Harvey Skinner, 11 Robin Wedlake, 10 Dan Mugford, 9 Cameron Setter; 1 Will Norton, 2 Jack Innard, 3 Dan Pullinger, 4 Dan Collier, 5 Sean Lonsdale, 6 Ed Holmes, 7 George Mills, 8 Herbie Stupple (captain)

Replacements: all used Luke Chapman, Rupert Freestone, Marcus Street, Dan Swain, John Kelly, Joe Snow, Dean Squire, Matt Crosscombe, Dan Powell

Tries: Arnott (57), Skinner (75)
Cons: Mugford (58,76)

Yellow: Mugford (33-43)

Match Officials
Referee: Christophe Ridley (RFU)
Assistants: Grant Mossford & Andy Bickle

Attendance: 1036


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