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Cornish Pirates 18

Bedford Blues 15

26 January, 2020

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League / Cup

Greene King IPA Championship Rd 10

Stadium

The Mennaye

Attendance

1635

Home

Cornish Pirates 18

Away

Bedford Blues 15

Martin 'Woll' Woollatt

Anyone doubting Bedford Blues’ recent improvement in form as being a temporary thing – need to reassess sharpish – as Mike Rayer’s charges proved themselves in spade loads at the Mennaye today. Not that anyone at the Cornish Pirates would have taken this contest as a given home win.

But then a slightly under par home side, did show the steelier side to their game that seems to be emerging this season – when the pressure is mounting. And make no mistake – when Bedford left wing, Matt Worley, outstripped Kyle Moyle into the Scoreboard Corner with ten minutes remaining the Blues were certainly ramping up the stakes. Had Hooley not scuffed his kick slightly from out wide – the visitors would certainly have fancied their chances of more than just a losing bonus point.

As mentioned though – there is a grittier side to the Pirates game when the going gets tough. Biting fingernails – as the home crowd most certainly were – is not on the options list. Witness Wedlake’s try saving tackle in the Clubhouse Corner, on former Pirate favourite Joe Atkinson moments after Alvarez had extended their lead to two scores. The back rower had his left arm already extended to swat the winger away – only to find himself disappearing towards the food outlets, as if he wasn’t there.

Witness too – Parata’s decisive turnover in the dying seconds – with Bedford with the wind in their sails. And then his compadre in the centres, Patterson, blithely picking himself up from the deck with blood streaming from a head wound from contact – in the ensuing phases to deny their opponents any further say in the game. The Ulsterman no doubt brushing it away as a mere ‘flesh wound’.

And yet this would exclude some of the more stylish play from the hosts – that is also a feature of the Pirates playbook. Wedlake’s first half try with the half hour mark approaching being just one example – something that wouldn’t have been but for Moyle’s vision and pace that created it.

By then the Pirates looked as if a third score may just be around the corner. Dunks’ mazey one yard crash over the line had cancelled out the Blues’ early lead through Hooley’s three from the tee. The popular No 8 having reunited himself with his boot by this time – his errant footwear having been seen earlier being lobbed around for some impromptu passing practice by the visitors.

It wasn’t to be as it transpired – as the Goldington Road ‘crew’ upped the ante as the first period drew to a close. Their reward being their first try of the game via No 8, Dan Temm – neatly converted by the dependable Hooley.

Two third quarter penalties from the hosts from the boots of Cargill & Alavarez – as mentioned previously – seemed to have given the Cornish side the advantage. Bedford’s change in pace clearly undid any such assumption – and the finale to a cracking contest didn’t disappoint. The end result being that the Pirates retain P2 and travel to Coventry in a week’s time, with every intention of holding onto that status.

Match Officials

Referee:

Christophe Ridley

AR1:

Nick Marshall

AR2:

Lionel Spooner

No:4:

James Milliner-Woodcock

Assessor:

Tony Spreadbury

The Line Ups

Cornish Pirates Starting 15

15

Kyle Moyle

14

Robin Wedlake

13

Rory Parata

12

Callum Patterson

11

AJ Cant

( 23

Shae Tucker)

54

10

Will Cargill

( 22

Javier Rojas Alvarez)

52

9

Alex Schwarz

( 21

Rhodri Davies)

65

1

Marlen Walker

( 18

Jack Andrew)

40

2

Tom Channon

3

Craig Mitchell

( 17

Jay Tyack)

40

4

Josh Caulfield

5

Brett Beukeboom (c)

6

James McRae

7

Antonio Kiri Kiri

( 19

Danny Cutmore)

59

8

Tom Duncan

( 20

Will Wilson)

40

Substitutes

16

Dan Frost

17

Jay Tyack

18

Jack Andrew

19

Danny Cutmore

20

Will Wilson

21

Rhodri Davies

22

Javier Rojas Alvarez

23

Shae Tucker

Tries

Tom Duncan

17

Robin Wedlake

27

Conversions

Will Cargill

18

Penalties

Will Cargill

46

Javier Rojas Alvarez

58

Bedford Blues Starting 15

15

Pete Lydon

14

Ryan Hutler

13

Rich Lane

12

Oskar Hirskyj-Douglas

( 22

Sam Leeming)

59

11

Matt Worley

10

Will Hooley (c)

9

Grayson Hart

( 21

James Lennon)

57

1

Joe Wrafter

( 17

Sean McCarthy)

47

2

Charlie Clare

( 16

Jacob Fields)

59

3

Henry Paul

( 18

Alex Penny)

44

4

Oli Curry

5

Will Carrick-Smith

( 19

Ed`Taylor)

54

6

Josh Buggea

( 20

Huw Worthington)

57

7

Joe Atkinson

8

Dan Temm

Substitutes

16

Jacob Fields

17

Sean McCarthy

18

Alex Penny

19

Ed Taylor

20

Huw Worthington

21

James Lennon

22

Sam Leeming

23

Pat Tapley

Tries

Dan Temm

34

Matt Worley

70

Conversions

Will Hooley

35

Penalties

Will Hooley

13