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saturday, 13 October, 2018
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Greene King IPA Championship Rd 7, St Peters

Cornish Pirates 39

Ealing Trailfinders 25

28 April, 2018

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League / Cup

Greene King IPA Championship Rd 22

Stadium

Mennaye Field, Penzance

Attendance

1778

Home

Cornish Pirates 39

Away

Ealing Trailfinders 25

Phil Westren

Season Ends on a Sensational High!

Coach Gavin Cattle had said pre-match that this game would prove both tough and exciting, and he was right, as the Cornish Pirates ended their season at the Mennaye Field on a sensational and sunny high!
Trailing 8-15 at the break, the jubilant Pirates dug deep to ultimately dominate the last quarter with a truly impressive performance. Also, in recording seven Championship league wins on the trot, it was the best such run of results they have ever recorded in the competition, not forgetting also that their total of 681 accumulated points ‘For’ is also their highest attained figure in the regular league season. With a small squad these are incredible achievements for which the coaches and players are to be truly applauded.

Having suffered two narrow defeats against the Londoners away this season – one in the Championship on the opening day of the league campaign (29-28) and another in the quarter-final of the British & Irish Cup (28-25) – this was always a result sought from this 4th versus 2nd place clash.

Falmouth Marine Band entertained pre-match, also forming the Guard of Honour alongside young rugby players from Penryn and Torpoint Tigers, and when fly-half Laurence May led the Pirates out on his 100th appearance, the colourful funnel stretched almost to the opposite touchline.

Milestone man May’s selection was one of two changes in the backline from the one that started at Bedford last time out, the other seeing Nicolas Coronel named to partner skipper Nicolas De Battista in the centre, whilst in the forwards there were returns for prop Jack Andrew and back-rowers Dan Lee and Chris Morgan.

Because of their expected involvement in the forthcoming Premiership Rugby A League final, certain dual-registered Exeter Chiefs players were unavailable for selection.

The Pirates got off to an encouraging start thanks to May’s fourth minute penalty from 35 metres out, however following the sin-binning of prop Christian Judge the visitors were quick to take advantage with a try scored at the Newlyn gate corner by No. 8 Ollie Stedman.

Keen to respond, the Pirates attacked with purpose. Hooker Dan Frost led the charge but full-back Kyle Moyle was ultimately held up over the line. Then, from a penalty award at the scrum, the Trailfinders firstly relieved the pressure and then proceeded to extend their lead with a penalty kicked by full-back Peter Lydon.

A second yellow card in the match, this time shown to Ealing prop Will Davis, gave the Pirates a heightened chance to score again, and five minutes before the break they did just that. Of no surprise it was No. 8 Tom Duncan who was quick to add to the hat-trick he scored at Bedford. Unconverted it looked likely that the teams would arrive at half-time with the scores level, but not so, as in time remaining Stedman galloped over for his second try of the match, this time converted, to make it 8-15.
This was a contest that was always expected to be tight, which was confirmed once again when four minutes into the second period Morgan crossed to the left of the Newlyn posts. May’s conversion levelled matters once more but the Trailfinders then all but immediately regained the lead thanks to a fine try scored by skipper Mark Bright.

With two sides at full bore, play was inevitably a little feisty at times, and following the sin-binning of Ealing replacement Will Harries the Pirates first went 22-20 up with the award of a penalty try, and then 29-20 ahead thanks to wing Alex O’Meara’s try which was magnificently converted from wide on the right by May.

A sense now pervaded about the ground that this really was going to be the dream end sought by the Cornish Pirates, and although the Trailfinders scored once more through flanker Rayn Smid, it was indeed the Pirates who finished in the ascendancy.

Two more yellow cards were issued, one to ‘Pirate’ lock Brett Beukeboom and the other to his opposite number Ollie Curry, before the Pirates proceeded to put the result beyond doubt. May was firstly on target with a penalty slot, and he then converted O’Meara’s second excellent score.

The Pirates had defied all early season odds to make it into the top four, so to finish the campaign fourth was a tremendous achievement. Alongside supporters it was time to celebrate both a very pleasing season and the good news announced last week with reference to the Stadium 4 Cornwall – Sportva Kernow!

Speaking after the game, proud player/coach Alan Paver commented:

Our spirit shone through once again and it really is second to none. We were down to bare bones but everyone just stuck the socks on, got the boots ready and went out and did the job.

There were a few mistakes, especially in the first half, but overall our physicality and mental strength, sustained for the full eighty minutes, saw us come out on top.

Match Officials

Referee:

Matthew O'Grady

AR1:

Jonathan Healy

AR2:

William Burton

No:4:

Ben Russell

Assessor:

Lloyd Jackson

The Line Ups

Cornish Pirates Starting 15

15

Kyle Moyle

14

Alex O'Meara

13

Nicolas Coronel

( 21

Dan Koster)

57

12

Nicolas De Battista (c)

11

Matt Evans

( 22

Toby May)

73

10

Laurence May

( 20

Will Cargill)

78

9

Alex Day

1

Christian Judge

2

Dan Frost

3

Jack Andrew

( 16

Marlen Walker)

68

4

Toby Freeman

5

Brett Beukeboom

6

Chris Morgan

( 19

John Stevens)

78

7

Dan Lee

( 18

Rupert Cooper)

68

8

Tom Duncan

Substitutes

16

Marlen Walker

17

Alan Paver

18

Rupert Cooper

19

John Stevens

20

Will Cargill

21

Dan Koster

22

Toby May

Tries

Tom Duncan

35

Chris Morgan

44

PENALTY TRY

61

Alex O'Meara

63

Alex O'Meara

78

Conversions

Laurence May

44

Laurence May

63

Laurence May

78

Penalties

Laurence May

4

Laurence May

68

Yellow Cards

Christian Judge

14

Brett Beukeboom

68

Ealing Trailfinders Starting 15

15

Pete Lydon

( 22

Will Harries)

42

14

Sebb Stegman

13

James Cordy-Redden

12

Lewis Robling

11

Reon Joseph

10

Shane O'Leary

9

Daniel Grant-Adamson

( 21

Charles James-Carter)

70

1

Will Davies

( 17

James Gibbons)

59

2

Rhys Lawrence

( 16

Alun Walker)

59

3

Mark Tampin

( 18

Sam Rodman)

63

4

Sam Dickinson

5

Ollie Curry

6

Mark Bright (c)

7

Rayn Smid

( 17

James Gibbons)

34

8

Ollie Stedmann

( 20

Williams Ryan )

61

Substitutes

16

Alun Walker

17

James Gibbons

18

Sam Rodman

19

Harry Casson

20

William Ryan

21

Charles James-Carter

22

Will Harries

Tries

Ollie Stedmann

17

Ollie Stedmann

39

Mark Bright

46

Rayn Smid

66

Conversions

Pete Lydon

39

Penalties

Pete Lydon

26

Yellow Cards

Will Davies

33

Will Harries

61

Ollie Curry

68