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sunday, 21 April, 2019
14:30

Greene King IPA Championship Rd 21, The Mennaye

Bedford Blues 32

Cornish Pirates 14

30 March, 2019

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League / Cup

Greene King IPA Championship Rd 18

Stadium

Goldington Road

Attendance

2862

Home

Bedford Blues 32

Away

Cornish Pirates 14

Phil Westren

Pirates Suffer First Half Blues

For this 4th versus 5th Greene King IPA Championship fixture, on a perfect afternoon for playing rugby football all the ingredients appeared right to anticipate a high-scoring and entertaining contest. Many indeed have been between the sides over the years, however from a Pirates perspective this one provided disappointment.

There were just two changes in the Cornish Pirates line-up from the side that was narrowly defeated by Jersey Reds last time out, a fit again Robin Wedlake returning on the right wing and Alex Schwarz named at scrum-half.

In front of a large home crowd the Blues got off to a perfect start, their skipper and former England scrum-half Lee Dickson in the very first minute taking an opportunity to catch the Pirates out.

Spotting the visitors had nobody home at the back he threaded a kick into space, his awareness enabling wing Dean Adamson to follow through and score his thirteenth try of the season. Adamson’s effort also, for the immediate present, made him the league’s top try-scorer this season, and fly-half Will Hooley added the conversion.

Playing with the slope, a first chance for the Pirates to acquire points followed a terrific midfield run by wing Robin Wedlake who showed an accustomed mix of pace, strength and determination to make yardage. Full-back Maliq Holden lent support, however the Blues managed to deny the Pirates with a last-ditch defensive effort before they extended their lead thanks to a penalty slotted from 40 metres by Hooley.

In looking to create scoring chances themselves, the Pirates next gifted an interception opportunity to Bedford’s left winger Ryan Hutler who happily ran in from long range. His score also took his try tally to thirteen for the season.

Sadly, another intercept opportunity was soon gifted the home side, and it one taken by full-back Rich Lane. It was as if Easter eggs were being handed out early, with the supporter present, including a good contingent following the Pirates, not quite believing what they were seeing. Anyway, Hooley slotted the conversion and followed with a second penalty kick that made it 25-0 at the break.

Things haven’t been going the way of the Pirates in recent weeks and adding to their woes both hooker Dan Frost and prop Tyler Gendall had to be replaced at half-time because of injury.

Playing up the slope, a good start to the second forty saw controlled play from the Pirates duly rewarded when centre Javier Rojas Alvarez crossed to the right of the posts. Fly-half Will Cargill kicked the conversion and the Pirates were soon on the attack again, with hopes raised when wing Matt Evans ran well.

Further Pirates pressure led to Hutler deliberately knocking the ball forward when a score in the left corner looked a ‘cert’. The wingman was rightly yellow-carded, and the Pirates should have been awarded a penalty try. Mystifyingly, they weren’t.

This was a game when the Blues also made their fair share of errors, however nearing the end they made late scrum dominance count to earn a penalty try, before the Pirates hit back at the very last with a fine effort from replacement back-rower Dan Lee. His rampaging run ended with a try near the posts that was converted by replacement fly-half Harvey Skinner. It also meant that although deservedly beaten because of their poor first half performance, the Pirates had ultimately shown perseverance to the end and in the process had outscored their opponents by 14-7 points in the second period.

Post-match, Cornish Pirates’ co-coach Alan Paver was frank and honest in his assessment, saying:

We got off to a poor start, leaving them a massive hole at the back to take advantage of. Then, gifting interceptions, that simply compounded our situation and it looked at times it as if we had never ever seen a rugby ball before.

At half-time we said a couple of early scores were needed, otherwise the game would evaporate in front of us. One early try was scored, and we created other opportunities but without being able to convert them.

Overall we are just not firing at present. It’s disappointing and we must all of us ask ourselves questions, including why with a game plan we go off script.

Bedford deserved their victory, however looking for positives we were at least physical and staying in the fight didn’t capitulate, which would have been bitterly disappointing.

Match Officials

Referee:

Michael Hudson

AR1:

Greg Garner

AR2:

Shane Lewis

The Line Ups

Bedford Blues Starting 15

15

Rich Lane

14

Ryan Hutler

13

Ed Coulson

( 22

Harry Shepard)

69

12

Dom Morris

11

Dean Adamson

10

Will Hooley

9

Lee Dickson (c)

( 21

James Lennon)

76

1

Sean McCarthy

2

Jacob Fields

( 16

Tadgh McElroy)

47

3

Ben Cooper

( 17

Hayden King )

76

4

Oli Curry

( 19

Will Carrick-Smith)

65

5

Mark Flanagan

6

Justin Blanchet

( 18

Alex Rae)

69

7

Josh Buggea

( 20

Jarrad Williams)

56

8

Huw Worthington

Substitutes

16

Tadgh McElroy

17

Hayden King

18

Alex Rae

19

Will Carrick-Smith

20

Jarad Williams

21

James Lennon

22

Harry Shepard

Tries

Dean Adamson

1

Ryan Hutler

25

Rich Lane

28

Penalty Try

74

Conversions

Will Hooley

10

Will Hooley

29

Penalties

Will Hooley

17

Will Hooley

34

Yellow Cards

Ryan Hutler

56

Cornish Pirates Starting 15

15

Maliq Holden

14

Robin Wedlake

13

Rory Parata

12

Javier Rojas Alvarez

11

Matt Evans

( 19

John Stevens)

76

10

Will Cargill

( 22

Harvey Skinner)

60

9

Alex Schwarz

( 21

Alex Day)

68

1

Marlen Walker

( 17

Tom Concu)

68

2

Dan Frost3

( 16

Sam Matavesi)

40

3

Tyler Gendall

( 18

Jack Owlett)

40

4

Toby Freeman

5

Brett Beukeboom (c)

6

Josh Caulfield

7

Matt Bolwell

8

Tom Duncan

( 20

Dan Lee)

68

Substitutes

16

Sam Matavesi

17

Tom Concu

18

Jack Owlett

19

John Stevens

20

Dan Lee

21

Alex Day

22

Alex Schwarz

Tries

Javier Rojas Alvarez

45

Dan Lee

80

Conversions

Will Cargill

45

Harvey Skinner

80