Cornish Pirates 24 London Irish 35

Pirates 24-35 Irish

Saturday November 19th 2016


Cornish Pirates 24 London Irish 35

Saturday 19th November 2016
Greene King IPA Championship Rd 9
Mennaye Field Penzance

Woll's Report

The form book may not have been ripped up and tossed with abandon into the ever darkening skies looming in from the west.  Nor was skipper Chris Morgan's 200th appearance blessed with another notable scalp in his illustrious time – so far – in a Cornish Pirates shirt.  But there was plenty to emerge positively about, as the hosts eventually succumbed to easily the clear favourites for promotion, from this season's Greene King IPA Championship.

Things began well enough – in fact as Cargill handed the Pirates the lead around the half hour – this state of of affairs was not undeserved.

His penalty came soon after his conversion of Alex Day's try – itself the result of increased pressure and progress for the home-boys – having been behind early on from the first of Ransom's two tries and a solitary penalty by former Nottingham man, Greig Tonks.

Tonks it was though who began the turnaround for the Exiles as their pedigree began to show more, as they turned up the heat, with the half drawing to a close. This increased pressure told as first Potty – and then Walker incurred Fergus's wrath – resulting in the Pirates having to play a full quarter a man down.

World Cup winner, Ben Franks' brace of dot-downs either side of tea & stickies, therefore hurt the Cornishmen's ambitions. Furthermore – as Northcote-Green and then Ransom with a peach of a score, added to the hosts woes – the game as a contest was done.

As a spectacle however – and with pride and hopes of at least a bonus point or two – the Pirates commendably refused to fold completely. Two late tries from replacement back row Sam Simmonds – the first very NFL-like – and some trusty kicking from Laurence May, deservedly gave the final scoreline some respectability.

Hopefully next week this run of five successive Championship defeats will end – Doncaster, you have been warned!

Cornish Pirates
15 Toby May, 14 Kyle Moyle, 13 Alex Dancer
12 Nicolas De Battista (20 Tom Hendrickson 60), 11 Jack Arnott
10 Will Cargill (21 Laurence May 48), 9 Alex Day (22 Stuart Townsend 54)
1 Marlen Walker, 2 Rob Elloway (16 Tom Channon 55)
3 Jack Andrew (17 Tyler Gendall 54), 200 Chris Morgan (capt)
5 Josh Caulfield (18 Jake Parker 43-48)(18 Jake Parker 60)
6 Dan Lee (16 Tom Channon 35-42)(17 Tyler Gendall 48-54)(19 Sam Simmonds 60), 7 Alex Cheesman, 8 Tom Duncan

Replacements: all used

Tries: Day (22), Simmonds (68,79)
Cons: Cargill (23), L. May (69,80)
Pens: Cargill (28)

Yellow: Elloway (32-42), Walker (43-53)

London Irish
15 Greig Tonks, 14 Topsy Ojo (22 Johnny Williams 37), 13 Tom Fowlie
12 Fergus Mulchrone, 11 Ben Ransom, 10 James Marshall
50 Scott Steele (21 Brendan McKibbin 60), 1 Tom Court (17 Harry Elrington 57)
2 David Paice (16 Gerard Ellis 66), 3 Ben Franks (c)(18 Ollie Hoskins 64)
4 Will Lloyd (19 Jerry Sexton 60), 5 Sebastian De Chaves, 6 Mike Coman
7 Max Northcote-Green, 8 Ofisa Treviranus (20 Senitiki Nayalo 60)

Replacements: all used

Tries: Ransom (16,63), Franks (37,44), Northcote-Green (52)
Cons: Marshall (53,64)
Pens: Tonks (9,30)

Yellow: Elvington 79-

Match Officials
Referee: Fergus Kirby (RFU)
Assistants:Andrew Pearce & Brian Ravenhill

Attendance: 2043

Man of Match: Alex Dancer