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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 36

Nottingham Rugby 28

7 October, 2018

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League / Cup

Greene King IPA Championship Rd 6

Stadium

Mennaye Field

Attendance

Home

Cornish Pirates 36

Away

Nottingham Rugby 28

Martin 'Woll' Woollatt

As sporting clichés go – the old ‘game of two halves’ – would apply with interest, following this extraordinary Round 6 clash, on a fine autumn afternoon at the Mennaye Field.

On reflection – the Pirates probably had just enough in hand, in terms of points on the board and time on the clock. But when Nottingham’s centre, Will Millett – profited from Jake Ashby’s charged down box kick in the 74th minute, to secure the visitor’s 4 try bonus point – home support hearts were firmly in the mouth region.

Mercifully for the hosts, they managed to secure possession in the right areas and run down the clock from thereon. Top spot therefore was retained – which was after all the primary target. Though such a reversal of fortunes and feeling, will be of concern in preparation for next weeks trip to a rejuvenated Jersey. Not exactly a happy hunting ground for the Pirates of late.

And yet a blistering first half display had had the home faithful purring – and rightly so – as the Cornish Pirates hit the ground running in style.

Four changes from last weeks narrow loss away to Ealing immediately drew reward – as returnees, Toms, Duncan & Cowan- Dickie – announced their renewed fitness, with a try apiece in the opening nine minutes.

The Cornishmen were on fire. Four clicks later and winger Alex O’Meara singed the Nottingham defence further – with a blistering run that would have impressed either of my greyhounds.

Then – with the first quarter still not complete – Pirates’ full back, Kyle Moyle emphasised his side’s superiority, with a 95 metre interception try as Nottingham pressed for the first time in the game. A 7th bonus point was in the bag and Nottingham were merely spectators at their own destruction.

Will Cargill added a penalty close to the half hour mark – just in case anyone thought that the points had dried – to add to his three conversions to date. His fourth followed swiftly, with Tyler Gendall nailing a fifth home try off the back of yet more irresistible forward play and the half time break looming.

In some ways, with a 36 point cushion in the bag – the one and only lapse in Cornish concentration that allowed Jordan Coghlan to ghost through for the visitors first points in the half’s final play – appeared excusable. This was just a consolation right?

As with any sport – rugby has countless examples – where any such assumptions prove foolhardy. Even so – with only half an hour remaining – the Pirates may well have gone off the boil following numerous changes. But their aggressive defensive effort was still proving effective.

This appeared a reasonable observation, even after Cameron Dolan reached over the Pirate whitewash for a debut try in Green & White colours – albeit it was grey for the day.

When slick handling from Nottingham created an overlap for Billy Robinson to dot down wide out at the Scoreboard corner – and Shane O’Leary delivered an excellent conversion – it was fair to say nervous looks began to appear. More so when Millett then did the deed previously mentioned.

What hasn’t been was Jack Spittle’s late burst down the wing in front of the main stand. Had it been finished, it may have only yielded a second bonus point for the visitors- rather like the Pirates’ late surge at Vallis Way a week before had. You never know for sure.

Moyler’s decisive tackle prevented such speculation however and set a platform for the hosts to at last gain a handle on the second period. Ashby’s kick to touch even so, had more than it’s share of relief in it’s execution all the same.

Match Officials

Referee:

Sara Cox

AR1:

Bill Burton

AR2:

Michael Patz

No:4:

Jack Lewars

Assessor:

Lloyd Jackson

The Line Ups

Cornish Pirates Starting 15

15

Kyle Moyle

14

Alex O'Meara

13

Rory Parata

( 22

Dan Koster)

61

12

Callum Patterson

11

Matt Evans

10

Will Cargill

( 21

Harvey Skinner)

53

9

Alex Day

( 20

Jake Ashby)

65

1

Jack Andrew

( 18

Jack Owlett)

40

2

Tom Cowan-Dickie

( 16

Sam Matavesi)

40

3

Tyler Gendall

( 17

Billy Keast)

40

4

Toby Freeman

5

Brett Beukeboom (c)

( 19

Danny Cutmore)

53

6

Josh Caulfield

7

John Stevens

8

Tom Duncan

Substitutes

16

Matavesi

17

Keast

18

Owlett

19

Cutmore

20

Ashby

21

Skinner

22

Koster

Tries

Tom Duncan

4

Tom Cowan-Dickie

9

Alex O'Meara

13

Kyle Moyle

19

Brett Beukeboom

37

Conversions

Will Cargill

5

Will Cargill

10

Will Cargill

14

Will Cargill

38

Penalties

Will Cargill

27

Nottingham Rugby Starting 15

15

Sean Scanlon

14

David Williams

( 21

Jack Spittle)

58

13

Will Millet

12

Gerard Lyons

11

Billy Robinson

10

Shane O'Leary

9

Murray McConnell (c)

( 22

Darryl Veenendaal)

51

1

Aniseko Sio

2

Jake Farnworth

3

Mike Daniels

( 18

Oisin Heffernan)

27

4

Cameron Dolan

5

Danny Qualter

6

Shane Buckley

7

Jordan Coghlan

8

Josh Poullet

( 19

George Cox)

58

Substitutes

16

Luke Cole

17

Jamie Jack

18

Oisin Heffernan

19

George Cox

20

Will Owen

21

Jack Spittle

22

Darryl Veenendaal

Tries

Coghlan

39

Dolan

53

Robinson

64

Millet

74

Conversions

O'Leary

40

O'Leary

53

O'Leary

65

O'Leary

75