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London Irish
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Cornish Pirates
saturday, 27 October, 2018
15:00

Greene King IPA Championship Rd 9, Madejski Stadium

Cornish Pirates 15

Jersey Reds 19

31 December, 2017

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League / Cup

Greene King IPA Championship Rd 13

Stadium

Mennaye Field, Penzance

Attendance

2226

Home

Cornish Pirates 15

Away

Jersey Reds 19

Martin 'Woll' Woollatt

A difficult afternoon for the Cornish Pirates, eventually ended in agonising defeat, as a revival of fortunes after the break for the hosts – fell frustratingly short.

Chances came and went, as Jersey’s discipline began to creak under pressure in that second period. Twenty minutes with a man down certainly made the Cornishmen’s task that bit easier – in theory. But with the experience in the visitors’ pack digging in and getting dirty – so to speak – only Moyle’s unconverted try was forthcoming. Until the final five that was.

Mike Pope had been introduced at scrum half and had immediately added some zip. But the Pirates somehow conspired to find themselves pegged back and deep inside their own 22 once more. The increasing wind in their faces and some canny territory kicking hadn’t helped.

And yet the combination of Laverick & Koster took play to within touching distance of the Jersey line that had the crowd on its feet and hopeful. Lawday too was in attendance – what could possibly go wrong? Knock on – offside – it matters not. The result was the same regardless as the Islanders ground their way up the pitch once more and played down the clock – by means fair or otherwise.

Harvey may well be pleased with the outcome – and yet it may never have had been. Conditions in the lead up to this New Years Eve fixture had proved to be a headache for all those involved – and with weather predictions suggesting some (more) of the wild and wet stuff before the final whistle – collective Cornish breaths were being held. Why were we surprised at the bright, sunny, if breezy conditions that greeted a bumper crowd?

Even so – a heavy – but much better playing surface than expected, at least gave hope of some open play to counter what most would have otherwise expected. The Pirates – keen to end two years in Jersey’s shadow results-wise – began with just such enterprise. Cargill’s 9th minute penalty was however all that was to show for these efforts as the visitors’ grew in confidence.

The Islanders duly found their feet – literally – and set into motion a route one game plan that yielded mauled tries for Argyle and Selway. Their set piece too provided the platform for what should have been more – but for some heroic defence from the Pirates. Hope then still at the break – more so as Cargill provided a try from nothing – which the fly half neatly converted – in between the oppositions’ successes either side.

Nick Selway’s second trip over the line after the break thus proved to be the decisive score. Thus, Jersey may well have taken the spoils for a 5th consecutive time then – but the (almost) obligatory losing bonus for the Pirates at least preserved their 7th spot in the league above the Islanders.

The Pirates meanwhile must regroup – with a free weekend in between – for a difficult, almost must win game in Ulster. Success there in the afternoon tea B&I Cup clash – will almost certainly nail a place in the last eight. It would also provide another potential kick start for their league campaign.

Match Officials

Referee:

Jack Makepeace

AR1:

Paul Burton

AR2:

Ian Pengelley

No:4:

James Milliner

Assessor:

Lloyd Jackson

The Line Ups

Cornish Pirates Starting 15

15

Toby May

14

Dan Koster

13

Pete Laverick

12

Nicolas De Battista

11

Kyle Moyle

10

Will Cargill

( 22

Laurence May)

58

9

Alex Day

( 21

Mike Pope)

75

1

Marlen Walker

( 17

Jack Andrew)

58

2

Dan Frost

( 16

Sam Matevesi)

40

3

Christian Judge

( 18

Billy Keast)

58

4

Josh Caulfield

5

Toby Freeman

( 20

Chris Morgan)

48

6

Rupert Cooper

7

Alex Cheesman

( 19

Tom Duncan)

20

8

Tom Lawday

Substitutes

16

Sam Matavesi

17

Jack Andrew

18

Billy Keast

19

Tom Duncan

20

Chris Morgan

21

Mike Pope

22

Laurence May

Tries

Will Cargill

36

Kyle Moyle

56

Conversions

Will Cargill

36

Penalties

Will Cargill

9

Jersey Reds Starting 15

15

Scott Van Breda (c)

14

Tom Pincus

13

Apakuki Ma'afu

12

Mark Best

11

Jason Worrall

10

Oli Bryant

9

Joel Dudley

( 21

Kieran Hardy)

61

1

Jake Woolmore

( 18

Leeroy Atalifo)

68

2

Nick Selway

( 16

Jack MacFarlane)

72

3

Jake Armstrong

( 17

Roy Godfrey)

67

4

Jerry Sexton

5

Uili Kolo'ofa'i

( 19

James Voss)

48

6

Max Argyle

( 20

Rory Bartle)

72

7

Conor Joyce

8

Matt Rogerson

Substitutes

16

Jack Macfarlane

17

Roy Godfrey

18

Leeroy Atalifo

19

James Voss

20

Rory Bartle

21

Kieran Hardy

22

Josh Hodson

Tries

Max Argyle

24

Nick Selway

40

Nick Selway

49

Conversions

Scott Van Breda

25

Scott Van Breda

50

Yellow Cards

Jerry Sexton

54

Tom Pincus

67