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Cornish Pirates 40

Coventry 5

30 October, 2021

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League / Cup

Championship Rugby Round 6

Stadium

Mennaye Field, Penzance

Attendance

1905

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Cornish Pirates 40

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Coventry 5

Martin 'Woll' Woollatt

After the rain…..comes the sun. And so it shone on the Pirates who totted up five league more points, against a lively Coventry side – whose third straight defeat belies their obvious abilities. Such is rugby.

The Cornish Pirates though, were well worth their win overall – a fact demonstrated in most departments throughout the afternoon. Most notably either side of the break – and whilst down to fourteen when Schwarz took one for the team in the final quarter. On both occasions the hosts were being put under some pressure by the visitors – the difference being with chances taken. Or squandered. Sadly for Cov’ it was the latter and it was to tell.

A frenetic start to the contest saw both sides come mightily close – before Pirates’ No 8, Tom Duncan finally open the scoring in the 4th minute. Arwell Robson, converted well and all looked set for a cracking game.

And so it seemed as the Midlanders immediately set out their free flowing stall, to suggest a real ding-dong affair. Quite how then, the first period gradually descended into something scrappier is a mystery. More so given both side’s obviously willingness to lob the pill around a bit. Maybe it was the increasing wind – perhaps a heavier than it looked pitch. It matters not.

Until a late flourish from the Cornishmen, doubled their try tally just before tea & biccies. Full back Penny’s break set up O’Meara on the Pirates’ right flank – and Coventry’s misfortune at not turning pressure of their own into points – began to show.

More so at the resumption – when Parata’s kick through was gathered perfectly by Man of the Match, AJ. The pen – or spray can – was definitely in position for writing on the wall. It would have to wait though – as an agonisingly long break in play owing to a nasty looking injury to Haydn King – rightly took precedent. The Pirates’ prop eventually leaving the field horizontally on a stretcher.

The games’ rhythm understandably took a hit – but then other priorities matter more. The Pirates though were first back in gear barely five minutes after the re-restart – AJ gifting Kess’ with his first try since his return.

Thus the bonus point was in the bag and with their own line still un-breached. Cov’ though were hunting for something and gradually threatened once more – as an under pressure home defence will testify. Full back, Aspland-Robinson finally got some reward with ten minutes remaining – but all a little too late for anything more than consolation.

Cue the salt in their wounds then -as two late scores for Schickerling & Tucker added the proverbial icing – and a more ‘ansome final scoreline. And there endeth the foodie references and other such nonsense for the two hundredth time.

Match Officials

Referee:

Nick Wood

AR1:

Simon Adams

AR2:

Peter Brunt

The Line Ups

Cornish Pirates Starting 15

15

Carwyn Penny

( 21

Alex Schwarz)

46

14

Tommy Wyatt

( 23

Alex O'Meara)

5

13

Rory Parata

( 22

Shae Tucker)

68

12

Joe Elderkin

11

AJ Cant

10

Arwel Robson

9

Tom Kessell

1

Jack Andrew

( 17

Hayden King)

40

2

James Benjamin

( 16

Tom Channon)

50

3

Patrick Schickerling

( 18

Alfie Petch)

40

4

Josh Caulfield

( 19

Cory Teague)

50

5

Danny Cutmore

6

Matt Bolwell

7

John Stevens (C)

( 20

Caleb Montgomery)

46

8

Tom Duncan

Substitutes

16

Tom Channon

17

Hayden King

18

Alfie Petch

19

Cory Teague

20

Caleb Montgomery

21

Alex Schwarz

22

Shae Tucker

23

Alex O'Meara

Tries

Tom Duncan

4

Alex O'Meara

38

AJ Cant

43

Tom Kessell

50

Schickerling

74

Tucker

77

Conversions

Arwel Robson

5

Arwel Robson

44

Arwel Robson

51

Arwel Robson

75

Arwel Robson

78

Yellow Cards

Alex Schwarz

64

Coventry Starting 15

15

Sam Aspland-Robinson

( 19

Tom Ball)

78

14

Rob Stevenson

( 23

Tom Griffiths)

58

13

Rob Knox

12

Will Owen

11

Louis James

10

Evan Mitchell

( 22

Tony Fenner)

50

9

Joe Snow

( 21

Josh Barton)

46

1

Toby Trinder

( 17

Dan Richardson)

46

2

Jordon Poole

( 16

Josh Richardson)

68

3

Phil Boulton

( 18

Will Hurd)

46

4

Nile Dacres

5

Adam Peters

6

Fred Betteridge

( 20

Aaron Hinkley)

46

7

Josh Bainbridge

8

Ryan Burrows

Substitutes

16

Joe Richardson

17

Dan Richardson

18

Will Hurd

19

Tom Ball

20

Aaron Hinkley

21

Josh Barton

22

Tony Fenner

23

Tom Griffiths

Tries

Sam Aspland-Robinson

70