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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 31

Doncaster Knights 24

2 September, 2018

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League / Cup

Greene King IPA Championship Rd 1

Stadium

Mennaye Field, Penzance

Attendance

1591

Home

Cornish Pirates 31

Away

Doncaster Knights 24

Martin 'Woll' Woollat

“We are better than that.” was Joint Head Coach, Alan Paver’s immediate thought, at the end of a keenly contested Championship season opener against the Knights.

A pretty fair assessment – given some of the holes that opened up in the Pirates defence – during a first period that swayed to and fro with breathless regularity. That said – despite the apparent ‘flatness’ which seemingly plagued the Cornishmen in the opening forty – each time the Knights nosed ahead, they were immediately pegged back by the Pirates.

Not unsurprisingly – we can look at the irrepressible Sam Matevesi – who’s two tries, inspired his colleagues to pick themselves up from Donny’s regular strikes.

A brace from scrum half, Tom James and another from Callum Cowell punished the hosts sufficiently enough for their slackness. Charlie Foley’s accuracy from the tee did the rest to press home their clear ruthlessness when gifted a sniff of a gap.

It was the new and exciting young partnership in the Pirates midfield – Man of the Match (again) Callum Patterson and Rory Parata – that suggested a turn in the tide just before the break. The former’s creation of space inside the Knight’s ’22’ – did the damage which the latter pounced on.

Will Cargill’s conversions at least registering a 100% – meant that we had tied game at tea & oranges.

The third quarter more or less mirrored the first two – with play going from one end to another. The Knights were though edging things – and a barnstorming back row Morgan Eames – threatened more joy for the visitors was only a matter of time.

But now the Pirates had plugged the gaps – fingers in dykes-like – and their line remained in tact. Not only that – and despite a Foley penalty edging the Knights back into a slender lead – the game’s complexion was a changing.

With the hour mark reached the Pirates themselves enjoyed some pressure of their own. Patterson went close as a Cornish maul spat the ball out – No 8 Tom Duncan did the rest – to give his side the advantage for the first time all afternoon. More importantly it gave them the four try bonus point – the first – and only of this weekend’s, Round 1 fixtures.

John Steven’s huge hit not long after his introduction – added volume to an increasingly vocal crowd – and epitomised the Pirates resurgence into the contest. A factor that hopefully went someway to helping Cargill finally nailing a penalty at the third time of asking.

Needing a converted try at least to salvage something more from their travels – Donny had little option but to dig out their proverbial kitchen sink. It threatened for sure – but when Robin Wedlake produced a try saving tackle in his own ’22’ the game looked up.

Endeavour turned to desperation – and the Pirates run down the clock – using up some luck in the process and almost bagging a 5th try at the death.

Top spot it is then – albeit after only the one game. But there will be a lot of work during the week to consider as newly promoted Coventry arrive in the Duchy a week hence – buoyed by their own positive start to the 2018/19 campaign.

Match Officials

Referee:

Tom Foley

AR1:

William Burton

AR2:

Ian Bibey

No:4:

Calum Howard

The Line Ups

Cornish Pirates Starting 15

15

Kyle Moyle

14

Robin Wedlake

( 22

Harry Strong)

78

13

Rory Parata

12

Callum Patterson

11

Matt Evans

10

Will Cargill

9

Alex Day

1

Jack Andrew

2

Sam Matavesi

( 16

Dan Frost)

65

3

Christian Judge

( 17

Tyler Gendall)

73

4

Toby Freeman

( 18

Danny Cutmore)

58

5

Brett Beukeboom (c)

6

Josh Caulfield

7

Matt Bolwell

( 19

John Stevens)

60

8

Tom Duncan

Substitutes

16

Dan Frost

17

Tyler Gendall

18

Danny Cutmore

19

John Syevens

20

Alex Schwarz

21

Harvey Skinner

22

Harry Strong

Tries

Sam Matevesi

11

Sam Matevesi

29

Rory Parata

38

Tom Duncan

64

Conversions

Will Cargill

12

Will Cargill

30

Will Cargill

39

Will Cargill

65

Penalties

Will Cargill

72

Doncaster Knights Starting 15

15

Cameron Cowell

14

Steve McColl

13

Lloyd Hayes

12

Joel Matavesi

11

Tyson Lewis

( 22

Matt Clark)

74

10

Charlie Foley

( 21

Rory Dawson)

73

9

Tom James

1

Robin Hislop

( 17

Toby Williams)

61

2

Ben Hunter

( 16

Curtis Langdon)

68

3

Colin Quigley

( 18

Joe Sproston)

60

4

Matt Challinor

( 19

Tom Calladine)

60

5

Nick Civetta

6

Morgan Eames

7

Michael Hills (c)

8

William Ryan

Substitutes

16

Curtis Langdon

17

Toby Williams

18

Joe Sproston

19

Tom Calladine

20

Kurt Morath

21

Ruaridh Dawson

22

Mat Clark

Tries

Tom James

8

Callum Cowell

24

Tom James

31

Conversions

Charlie Foley

9

Charlie Foley

25

Charlie Foley

32

Penalties

Charlie Foley

57