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Cornish Pirates 43 Doncaster 5

British & Irish Cup Semi Final
Sunday 25th April 2010

Woll's Match Report


A rabble rousing entrance by the Falmouth Marine Band, rounded off by a rendition of Trelawney that had Grandstand on it's feet; set the scene perfectly on a near perfect day for rugby in West Cornwall.

The Pirates; keen to erase memories of their recent disappointing defeats in the Championship, eventually routed Doncaser with some to spare, as the Knights simply had no response to a home side in buoyant mood.

Six tries to a solitary Knights score consequently meant that thoughts of a dream final with the Munstermen could at last surface. The Rec at Camborne on May 16th, with the camera of SKY once again in attendance, will be the place to be for sure.

The hosts, playing towards Clubhouse end, received the kick off and managed to settle the early nerves as McAtee tidied up and took play into Donny territory. The resulting pressure told as Armitage fumbled off the back of a creaking scrum; ultimately leading to Bentley snapping up the simplest of chances to open the account in the 5th minute, with a penalty in front of the posts. 3-0

This boosted Cornish confidence and with the home back row enjoying ascendancy, a further penalty followed following a tackle off the ball on McAtee in the 13th minute. Clearly encouraged already, his kick had the legs but rebounded off that right upright once again. 3-0

Ward's terrier like work at the breakdown, rebuffed any response from the visitors enabling any threat to be snubbed out at source. Frustrations probably that lead to Mr Roberts having a chat with Grainger for taking Bentley out mid-air as the Pirates cleared their 22 once more.

For all their good work, the Pirates still only had the slimmest of margins as the second quarter dawned. Good cause for tensions to mount you'd imagine, until ex-Knight Davies latched onto a kick through by Luke and a fumble in the goal area, for the first try of the game.

ex-Knight Davies latched onto a kick through

Bentley's touchline conversion attempt never looked goal bound. 8-0.

As if that mattered, as only two minutes later the Kiwi waltzed in on the right for a try of his own, courtesy of McAtee's line break. The extras to the right of the posts were added with interest to extend the lead to fifteen. Things not unsurprisingly looked a lot better. 15-0

An instant response from the Yorkshiremen however, cancelled any premature thoughts of glory as Armitage bulldozed over in the left corner. Brooks' touchline attempt though valiant; drifted wide which in effect concluded the first 40's action. 15-5

Barely five minutes into the second period and any thoughts of a Donny comeback were put on hold. Ward, impersonating one of the Trevithick Day traction engines, burst through a number of tackles to set up some good forward momentum.

Cattle kept things moving with Ireland coming agonisingly close. Free ball ensued, with camp set up on the Yorkshire line. The pill went right to Bentley who deftly offloaded to Morgan to tumble over gracefully for a third dot down. Johnny slotted the extras. 22-5

Joys were tempered soon after as Davies was carried off to be replaced by Jackson.

This disruption to the Pirate back three, did briefly allow the Yorkshiremen some leeway; only to see their efforts thwarted as a second try beckoned.

skipper Cattle to snipe a way through

They no doubt rued this, as the Pirates regained their composure to set up skipper Cattle to snipe a way through on the hour to celebrate the birth of his daughter. Bentley had the hang of the tee thing by now and at 29-5; the tie looked wrapped up.

Probably thoughts mirrored by both' coaching teams, as key names were withdrawn from the fray, with barely ten minutes for any Knights' response. Not unsurprisingly the shape from both teams the visitors accepted their fate nobly.

Still time for a final flourish from the home side however; as firstly Jackson and then McGlone in quick succession neatly crossed any remaining t's and dotted i's. 43-5

Cornish Pirates
W. Davies (N. Jackson 48) R. McAtee M. Ireland S. Winn T. Luke
J. Bentley G. Cattle (capt)(J. Doherty 65) B. Cowan (R. Labuschagne 65) S. Betty (R. Elloway 48) C. Morgan
M. Myerscough (M. Evans 68) L. McGlone R. Brits (C. Rimmer 58) D. Ward A. Paver (P. Andrew 65)

Replacements: all used

Tries: Davies, Bentley, Morgan, Cattle, Jackson, McGlone
Cons: Bentley 5
Pens: Bentley

15 A. Carter (S. McColl 62) 14 D. Flockhart 13 C. Briers 12 B. Armitage (H. Tonga'uhia 58) 11 A. Wright
10 J. Brocks 9 C. Hallam (M. D'Arcy 68) 8 A. Boyde 18 S. Grainger 6 N. Cochrane (A. Kettle 40)-(D. Griffiths 73)
5 G. Townson 4 G. Kenworthy (capt) 3 N. Tau (J. McMillan 68) 2 S. Boden (T. Doughty 68) 1 T. Toke

Replacements: all used

Try: Armitage

Referee: Llyr Apgeraint Roberts

Assistants: Luke Pearce & Gareth Copsey

Match Day Sponsor: SITA

Attendance: 2,327