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Richmond
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Cornish Pirates
saturday, 25 November, 2017
15:00

Greene King IPA Championship Rd 10, Athletic Ground, Richmond

Cornish Pirates 62

Rotherham Titans 47

24 September, 2017

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League / Cup

Greene King IPA Championship Rd 4

Stadium

Mennaye Field, Penzance

Attendance

1244

Home

Cornish Pirates 62

Away

Rotherham Titans 47

Woll's Report

Defence was not an option at the Mennaye Field – as both the Cornish Pirates and Rotherham Titans produced a 15 try frenzy, that will lead to some interesting video analysis come Tuesday morning. Judging by Alan Paver’s post match demeanour – although happy for his young charges finally getting off the mark, with their first win of the league season – things will liable be not for faint-hearted!

For the neutral, this must have been a feast and on such a pleasant autumn afternoon. Ideal they would have thought for a display of open, running rugby. And then some. For the committed supporter – from either camp – there were a mixture of emotions to absorb.

How often can you feel apprehensive about the final outcome, when your side score with abandon – but have to wait until there are over 60 points on the board and Sir prepares to blow his whistle one final time? On the flip side, there will not be many occasions where your team run in seven tries away from home – having only rattled in three in three outing previously – and only come way with a single point?

Quite.

And yet with only 12 minutes passed, the Pirates were steaming towards their four-try bonus point courtesy of scores from Laverick, O’Meara & Moyle. They were seemingly on fire and un-touchable and capable of racking up some serious points tally.

A warning had been issued in response though somewhere in between this frenetic opening. Titans’ full back Thomas had seared his way through the Pirates defensive line – and unleashed Welsh 7’s scrum half, Rhodri Davies for the first of his trio. His speed and eye for a gap that shouldn’t have existed were to prove to be a thorn in the Pirates’ ambitions all afternoon. Well at least until eight minutes left, when his withdrawal drew visible relief in home ranks.

By half time and both sides had racked up a league point each, as five more scores had the scorekeepers seriously considering whether they had enough numbers to play with.

The Pirates lead by ten (38-28), following tries for Cowan-Dickie and a peach by Moyle, after a great run by Toby May. His namesake Laurence meanwhile, was racking up points from the tee – as the fly half successfully landed five conversions and a penalty.

Rotherham meanwhile continued to prosper. A penalty try – which saw Pirates scrum half rest for ten, for his high tackle on Davies – and a fourth on the stroke of half time by Tom Williams, kept them in touch.

The madness continued after the break in continuing tit-for-tat fashion.

Cowan-Dickie profited from Walker’s bulldozer impersonation. Davies countered before the celebrations could be finished.

The Pirates surge again – and skipper de Battista buries himself into the catch & drive to out maul the forwards. Davies snipes again for his hat-trick – and then Cole reduces the gap to only five!

Nine minutes remain and tension levels are on overload, until Dean Richards trots under the posts to award a penalty try – and surely a decisive score for the Pirates?

It proves to be – to much relief from the home support. A feeling probably magnified as Davies’ afternoon is done.
Cargill’s penalty with the last kick of the match gave the scoreline a more comfortable look. It wasn’t. Please show me to a darkened room and somewhere to lie down – after such an entertaining game!

Match Officials

Referee:

Dean Richards

AR1:

Greg Garner

AR2:

Nick Marshall

No:4:

James Milliner

Assessor:

Sam Collins

The Line Ups

Cornish Pirates Starting 15

15

Toby May

14

Alex O'Meara

13

Pete Laverick

( 22

Dan Koster)

53

12

Nicolas De Battista

11

Kyle Moyle

10

Laurence May

( 21

Will Cargill)

72

9

Alex Day

( 20

MIke Pope)

63

1

Marlen Walker

( 17

Billy Keast)

63

2

Tom Cowan-Dickie

( 16

James Fish)

76

3

Christian Judge

4

Rupert Cooper

( 19

Toby Freeman)

63

5

Josh Caulfield

6

Dan Lee

( 18

Tom Duncan)

40

7

Matt Bolwell

8

Tom Lawday

Substitutes

16

James Fish

17

Billy Keast

18

Tom Duncan

19

Toby Freeman

20

Mike Pope

21

Will Cargill

22

Dan Koster

Tries

Pete Laverick

2

Alex O'Meara

5

Kyle Moyle

12

Tom Cowan-Dickie

21

Kyle Moyle

38

Tom Cowan-Dickie

43

Nicolas De Battista

53

Penalty Try

71

Conversions

Laurence May

3

Laurence May

6

Laurence May

13

Laurence May

22

Laurence May

39

Laurence May

44

Penalties

Laurence May

33

Laurence May

80

Yellow Cards

Alex Day

18

Rotherham Titans Starting 15

15

Will Thomas

14

Jake Henry

( 24

Drew Cheshire)

76

13

Luke Peters

12

Joe Baker

11

Ben Foley

10

Lee Millar

( 21

Caolan Ryan)

53

9

Rhodri Davies

( 22

Fransisco Viera)

72

1

Tom Williams

( 17

Toby Williams)

50

2

Jonny Muphy

( 16

Luke Cole)

18

3

Matt Sheilds

( 18

Andrew Foster)

65

4

James Lasis

( 19

Tom Burns)

53

5

Byron Hodge

6

Adam Peters

7

Tom Calladine

8

Dan Grange

Substitutes

16

Luke Cole

17

Toby Williams

18

Andrew Foster

19

Tom Burns

21

Caolan Ryan

22

Fransisco Viera

24

Drew Cheshire

Tries

Rhodri Davies

7

Penalty Try

18

Luke Peters

24

Tom Williams

40

Rhodri Davies

47

Rhodri Davies

54

Luke Cole

62

Conversions

Lee Millar

8

Lee Millar

25

Lee Millar

40

Lee Millar

48

Caolan Ryan

63