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Cornish Pirates
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London Irish
saturday, 15 December, 2018
14:00

Championship Cup Rd 6, The Mennaye

Cornish Pirates 22

Bedford Blues 20

11 November, 2018

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League / Cup

Championship Cup

Stadium

Mennaye Field, Penzance

Attendance

1185

Home

Cornish Pirates 22

Away

Bedford Blues 20

Martin 'Woll' Woollat

A century ago the guns fell silent and the show of solidarity to mark the occasion before the kick-off, was perfectly observed. As ever and rightly so.

Full marks are in order for both sides in this 1st Round Championship Cup tie – for producing another thrilling encounter and on such an important day. It was perhaps appropriate too – that after a couple of days of gales & deluges – that the sun should appear. The scene was therefore set for an afternoon’s entertainment that didn’t disappoint.

As most would have expected – the number of changes by both the Pirates and Bedford since last they met – played their part in what was to unfold.

New partnerships needing time to establish, lead to a few errors for sure. But most resulted from the fierce defences on show – where no quarter was given. And there was also the guarantee of fresh faces eager to impress.

For the Pirates – Argentine international, Javier Rojas Alvarez, making his first start of the season – certainly made his mark. As he had in the league clash upon his introduction. One missed penalty was his only blip, as the six other successful pots, proved to be the cornerstone, of the Cornish side’s success.

Indeed it was the fly-half’s 4th minute penalty that set the Pirates on their way – to hand them a lead they were never to relinquish. A flowing move minutes later, then gave the hosts a cushion they were to be grateful for – as Harry Strong rounded things off in the Scoreboard Corner – for their only touchdown of the game.

Bedford’s response finally came close to the half hour, when a deft show & go from scrum half, Alex Glitzen – created sufficient gap for him to dart over at the Newly End. Ed Coulson couldn’t miss the extras and the scene was set nicely.

Alvarez and Coulson then traded penalties as clear opportunities were in short supply – despite manly efforts from each side. The Blues’ scrum however, had also been worryingly dominant up to this point – which prompted an early change of props for the Pirates – with Walker & Gendall sent on to ably assist the eventual Man of the Match – Tom Cowan-Dickie – up front. Their introduction had immediate effect and handed Alvarez his 3rd penalty of the half – to consolidate the Pirates first period advantage. 16-10

After the break – and it was the home side who were to blink first with barely five minutes past. Worse for the Pirates – it was following a great break from centre, Callum Patterson, who did the hard work before losing possession in the offload deep in Bedford’s half. The Blues took this gift with glee and Dean Adamson’s kick and chase with an absent Pirates defence, brought the visitors to within only a point. Ed’s radar from the shadow of the main stand went ‘awol’ – but the momentum was most surely with Mike Rayer’s charges.

Momentum though is one thing – it needs turning into points – and the Pirates were in no mood in dishing out any more charity to their opponents.

Javier’s 4th & 5th penalties did enough to keep the Blues at arms length – and despite a late, unconverted try from Ryan Hutler in the Clubhouse Corner.

There was still time for Bedford however – and their patient approach player drew enough anxious glances at watch from the side lines. Anxiety turned to relief as this final push was not only repelled – but forced a knock on which handed the ball back into Cornish hands.

The clock was run down perfectly allowing scrum half, Alex Schwarz, with the chance for one final act of holding our collective breath – his kick into touch teasing us to perfection.

“Who plucked this flower?”
“I” said the master
And the gardener
Held his peace
Epitaph – Private N. Whitehead, Royal Welsh Fusiliers, 17th January 1918, age 23. Buried: Gaza War Cemetery

Match Officials

Referee:

Dean Richards

AR1:

Ian Bibey

AR2:

Lionel Spooner

No:4:

Ben Russel

Assessor:

Steve Leyshon

The Line Ups

Cornish Pirates Starting 15

15

Maliq Holden

14

Alex O'Meara

13

Dan Koster

12

Callum Patterson

( 20

Rory Parata)

57

11

Harry Strong

10

Javier Rojas Alvarez

9

Alex Schwarz

1

Jack Owlett

( 17

Tyler Gendall)

29

2

Tom Cowan-Dickie

3

Jack Andrew

( 16

Marlen Walker)

29

4

Toby Freeman

5

Danny Cutmore

6

James McRae

7

Dan Lee

8

Tom Duncan (c)

( 18

Matt Bolwell)

65

Substitutes

16

Marlen Walker

17

Tyler Gendall

18

Matt Bolwell

19

Chris Morgan

20

Rory Parata

21

Will Cargill

22

Jake Ashby

Tries

Harry Strong

12

Conversions

Javier Rojas Alvarez

13

Penalties

Javier Rojas Alvarez

8

Javier Rojas Alvarez

31

Javier Rojas Alvarez

38

Javier Rojas Alvarez

60

Javier Rojas Alvarez

69

Bedford Blues Starting 15

15

Harry Davies

14

Ryan Hutler

13

Lewis Robling

12

Chris Czekaj

( 22

Richard Lane)

60

11

Dean Adamson

10

Ed Coulson

9

Alex Gliksten

( 21

James Lennon)

57

1

Hayden King

( 17

Toby Trinder)

45

2

Tadgh McElroy

( 16

Charlie Clare)

45

3

Ben Cooper

( 18

Alex Penny)

51

4

Ed Taylor (c)

5

Will Carrick-Smith

6

Oli Curry

7

Jack Nay

( 19

Jared Williams)

51

8

Huw Worthington

( 20

Justin Blanchet)

49

Substitutes

16

Charlie Clare

17

Toby Trinder

18

Alex Penny

19

Jarad Williams

20

Justin Blanchet

21

James Lennon

22

Rich Lane

Tries

Alex Gliksten

28

Dean Adamson

46

Ryan Hutler

72

Conversions

Ed Coulson

29

Penalties

Ed Coulson

34