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Richmond
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Cornish Pirates
saturday, 25 November, 2017
15:00

Greene King IPA Championship Rd 10, Athletic Ground, Richmond

Cornish Pirates 25

Hartpury RFC 13

12 November, 2017

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League / Cup

Greene King IPA Championship Rd 8

Stadium

Mennaye Field, Penzance

Attendance

1433

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Cornish Pirates 25

Away

Hartpury RFC 13

Martin Woollatt

Persistence proved to be the deciding factor for the Cornish Pirates, in a fiercely fought encounter affected by the blustery conditions.

With ten minutes to go – and from being in a strong position and holding a two score advantage – the hosts found themselves pegged back, by a suspiciously offside score in the Newlyn Gate Corner by replacement scrum half, Charlie Chapman. In the process – and after enjoying little scoring threat themselves – Hartpury suddenly sensed something more than the losing bonus point, now on offer.

The Pirates though, have discovered a new sense of belief in recent weeks – which began at today’s opponents in the British & Irish Cup clash last month. Any thought of rolling over and allowing a result to slip from their grasp, never reared it’s head. Quite the opposite in fact.

A first probe following Cargill’s restart, came to nothing. Up though stepped Man of the Match – Josh Caulfield to bulldoze his way into the Hartpury’s ’22’. The option to go to ground was passed and extra metres gained. The visitor’s defence were now well and truly on the back foot and quick hands created the gap for Moyle to exploit with a flourish. Game, set and match!

This fourth win on the bounce and position gain in the league standings – as alluded to above – had, until Hartpury’s late surge, been built from a solid foundation.

With the elements on their back for the first period – it was the Pirates who took the spoils in most aspects. That they had to settle for only the ten points, from Cargill’s boot and Cowan-Dickies’s determination close to the Newlyn End line in the opening quarter of an hour – was the only surprise.

The ambition was there and the desire to play with pace – but the wind and Hartpury’s dogged defence, prevented more in the way of clear cut chances. Scrum half Alex Day’s dislocated finger being re-aligned and his return to play epitomised the side’s enthusiasm. Ten nil it was then at the break – more so after a missed penalty by Cargill.

After tea – it was as we were before – the wind not relenting and now in the host’s faces. Perry and Cargill traded penalties – whilst Hartpury’s replacement tee kicker, Williams, discovered how strong the breeze was – as he missed his first attempt for points.

James was though to get his sights in five minutes later – as Tom Duncan was caught in possession in his own 22. Again. But thoughts of a spirited comeback for the College still seemed optimistic, as bold decision making by Cargill – with a kick-able penalty beckoning and Oakley still on the naughty chair – handed the initiative to the Pirates. Scrum dominance paid off and Mr O’Grady duly trotted under the sticks for seemed – then – to be the deciding score.

Hartpury have earned the respect at this level very quickly however. Their own persistence nearly brought with it reward. Today however – Cornish resolve was to hold firm.

Match Officials

Referee:

Matthew O'Grady

AR1:

Simon Adams

AR2:

Nick Marshall

No:4:

Veryan Boscowan

Assessor:

Lloyd Jackson

The Line Ups

Cornish Pirates Starting 15

15

Toby May

14

Alex O'Meara

13

Pete Laverick

12

Nicolas Coronel

11

Kyle Moyle

10

Will Cargill

9

Alex Day

( 20

Mike Pope)

73

1

Billy Keast

( 17

Marlen Walker)

55

2

Tom Cowan-Dickie

3

Jack Andrew

( 16

Christian Judge)

55

4

Josh Caulfield

5

Toby Freeman

6

Rupert Cooper

7

Alex Cheesman

8

Tom Lawday (c)

( 18

Tom Duncan)

40

Substitutes

16

Christian Judge

17

Marlen Walker

18

Tom Duncan

19

Alan Paver

20

Mike Pope

21

Laurence May

22

Harry Strong

Tries

Tom Cowan-Dickie

13

Penalty Try

65

Kyle Moyle

78

Conversions

Will Cargill

14

Penalties

Will Cargill

3

Will Cargill

56

Hartpury RFC Starting 15

15

Mike Wilcox

14

Ed Coulson

13

George Boulton

12

Luke Eves

11

Ed Sheldon

10

Jacob Perry

( 22

James Williams)

55

9

Harry Cochrane

( 21

Charlie Chapman)

59

1

Dan Murphy

( 17

Mike Flook)

68

2

Will Tanner

( 16

Henry Walker)

56

3

Rupert Harden

4

Joe Quinn

( 19

Joe Dancer)

14

5

Rhys Oakley (C)

6

Rob Langley

7

Matt Gilbert

8

Darrel Dyer

( 20

Iain Grieve)

59

17

Mike Flook

( 1

Dan Murphy)

76

Substitutes

16

Henry Walker

17

Mike Flook

18

Tom Heard

19

Joe Dancer

20

Iain Grieve

21

Charlie Chapman

22

James Williams

Tries

Charlie Chapman

69

Conversions

James Williams

22

Penalties

Jacob Perry

51

James Williams

61

Yellow Cards

Rhys Oakley

55