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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 29

Richmond Rugby 19

23 September, 2018

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League / Cup

Green King IPA Championship Rd 4

Stadium

Mennaye Field

Attendance

1467

Home

Cornish Pirates 29

Away

Richmond Rugby 19

Martin 'Woll' Woollatt

The Cornish Pirates celebrated the autumn equinox, with a club best (at this level) eleventh straight league success – to retain their position at the top of the Greene King RFU Championship.

And celebrate they should, after a below par – but generally dominant performance – against a stubborn Richmond side. The Londoners perhaps deserving of at least a bonus point – arguably two – as their refusal to roll over in the final ten minutes clearly displayed.

Indeed it was the visitors who were to enjoy the spoils of the opening quarter, following an enterprising opening from the Cornishmen. Scrum time produced their platform as the ‘Mond 8 bossed things by a distance as the packs collided. Three penalties and the sight of Pirates being shoved backwards with apparent ease – not only had Paves spitting feathers – but gave plenty of indication of an imminent score. Sam Edgerley’s dot down in the Clubhouse Corner confirmed this.

But as we’ve come to expect from the Pirates ‘Class of 18/19′ – this wasn’t to be taken lightly.

Will Cargill’s 17th minute penalty opened the hosts’ account and gave notice of their own intent.

A penalty try at the half’s midway point would have only been replaced by a genuine score anyhow. Worse for the visitors was Ross Grimstone’s fire being doused – as Anthony Woodstone adjudged the hooker to be at fault for the Pirates rumbling maul tumbling.

The Cornishmen’s desire to punish this personnel advantage happily arrived as Ross was straining at the leash to come back on. A moment of de ja vu in the Old Western national Corner was brewing nicely – as another Pirates maul built up steam. Sam Matevesi ( along with Robin Wedlake) already had his name pencilled in to the scoresheet – his score on the half hour merely tidying up the paperwork.

Thoughts of the Pirates cutting loose were quickly kicked into Mounts Bay. Some untidy defence allowed Richmond centre – Cam Hudson – in for a relatively simple try and it was game back on. Briefly.

Slick handling from a number of red shirted attackers – including Matt Bolwell – saw play quickly cross from left to right. Wedlake arrived at the scene of his inevitable score at pace – the winger never going to miss from there. Ditto Cargill’s conversion in the swirling wind.

Momentum was now with the home side. After the break – some quick thinking from scrum half Alex Day – produced the bonus point try, off the back of penalty at scrum time in Richmond’s 22.

More encouragingly – it gave indication that honours were evening up some in this department. A point highlighted post match by Joint Head Coach, Alan Paver – who’s praise for Tyler Gendall & Billy Keast stepping up to the plate, was effusive.

Fresh troops from both sides stemmed any flow to the contest and – not unsurprisingly with the clock ticking down – rendered the outcome a given with the Pirates enjoying a 17 point advantage with only ten minutes remaining.

But ‘Mond wouldn’t rollover – and why should they? A bonus point or two was still in sight – more so when US international Ronnie McLean nabbed a late try – converted by Roy Kirby. The final play threatened to go on till dark as the men in white strove to keep the ball live. But desperation eventually crept in and with it the lapse in concentration that brought proceeding to a neat conclusion.

Hopes of a further success now head to West London and a visit to Ealing who seem to be discovering some form of their own. Interesting times for sure…..

Match Officials

Referee:

Anthony Woodthorpe

AR1:

Paul Burton

AR2:

Peter Brunt

No:4:

Alexander Thomas

Assessor:

Chris White

The Line Ups

Cornish Pirates Starting 15

15

Kyle Moyle

14

Robin Wedlake

13

Rory Parata

12

Callum Patterson

( 22

Alex O'Meara)

68

11

Harry Strong

10

Will Cargill

( 21

Harvey Skinner)

63

9

Alex Day

( 20

Jake Ashby)

71

1

Billy Keast

2

Sam Matavesi

( 16

Dan Frost)

66

3

Tyler Gendall

( 17

Jack Andrew)

70

4

Toby Freeman

( 18

Danny Cutmore)

70

5

Brett Beukeboom (c)

6

Matt Bolwell

7

John Stevens

8

James McRae

( 19

Josh Caulfield)

40

Substitutes

16

Dan Frost

17

Jack Andrew

18

Danny Cutmore

19

Josh Caulfield

20

Jake Ashby

21

Harvey Skinner

22

Alex O'Meara

Tries

Penalty

20

Sam Matevesi

31

Robin Wedlake

38

Alex Day

52

Conversions

Will Cargill

39

Will Cargill

53

Penalties

Will Cargill

17

Richmond Rugby Starting 15

15

Rob Kirby

14

Jono Woodward

13

Cam Hudson

12

Ronnie McLean

11

Sam Edgerley

10

Rory Damant

( 21

Lewis Dennett)

57

9

Jamie Gibbs

( 22

Jordan Simpson-Hefft)

53

1

Will Goodrick-Clarke

( 17

Jeremy Cunnew)

66

2

Ross Grimstone

( 16

Jason Phipps)

70

3

Craig Trenier

( 18

David Spelman)

69

4

Will Warden

5

Chris Davies

( 20

Harrison Edwards)

65

6

Jake Parker

( 19

Charlie Lenygon)

72

7

Jesse Liston (c)

( 16

Jason Phipps)

21

8

Ed Milne

Substitutes

16

Jason Phipps

17

Jeremy Cunnew

18

Dave Spelman

19

Charlie Lenygon

20

Harison Edwards

21

Lewis Dennett

22

Jordan Simpson-Hefft

Tries

Sam Edgerley

14

Cam Hudson

35

Ronnie McLean

76

Conversions

Roy Kirby

36

Roy Kirby

77

Yellow Cards

Ross Grimstone

21