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Cornish Pirates 29

London Scottish 14

14 December, 2019

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League / Cup

Championship Cup Rd 6

Stadium

The Mennaye

Attendance

1300

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Martin 'Woll' Woollatt

The Pirates’ mission – should they wish to take it – was to take their guaranteed qualification into the Championship Cup ‘quarters’ and turn it into a home tie.

In the way was a certain London Scottish – to whom the Cornish side had already lost to twice – inevitably at the RAG. One of those things in rugby that seems to be as predictable as ‘Arsenal 1…’ used to be in the other ball game.

But this is cup rugby and with this being a tie that actually had something resting on it for both sides – anything could happen. More so some wits were suggesting – given that the old Nemesis – Mark Bright was up at The Rec watching his former side (the Reds) against Bournemouth.

Twelve minutes in – and ‘anything’ was happening. The hosts found themselves fourteen points down and were struggling big time, to contain an Exile side intent on bouncing back from a heavy loss against Nottingham a week earlier. Tries from Magie – who converted both – and Stevenson, who ghosted in un-opposed behind the Newlyn posts – had the home alarm bells ringing.

It was full blown air siren stuff when Magie stepped up to potentially add three, only three clicks later. But the US international fly half’s penalty faded right of the posts – a let off for the Pirates for sure – but it still looked grim for the home faithful.

However. Fortunes began slowly to swing back towards the red shirted hosts. It wasn’t pretty at first, as the victory of nailing a lineout and some territory of their own, at least signalled the stemming of the flow.

No 8, McRae’s emergence from a 12 man pile of bodies at the Penzance End put the hosts back in play. Alvarez nailed the extras and suddenly the mood noticeably changed.

A similar outcome four minutes later in the Clubhouse Corner levelled things. The recipient of the spoils this time was hooker, Cowan-Dickie, who moments before had required the application of the ‘magic sponge’. Those of us of a certain vintage couldn’t help but recall, how this fightback had mirrored the old ‘Newlyn Chaos’ call, of the EDF Cup success season. Regardless – the system worked.

The remainder of the half saw both sides pressing for a lead to take with them into the changing rooms – with no success. Concluding as it did with seemingly over a couple of minutes still to play.

Ultimately it mattered little. Which was nice. The second period was in effect all Pirates whose energy levels visibly upped a notch. The Exiles making little or no impact on Pirate turf.

Post match – Coach Gav’ correctly observed – that the bench’s impact, had for the first time perhaps this season, been key to this. Even so it would be prudent to add that it was the ‘starters’ who broke the deadlock just prior to replacement activity.

McRae’s break, that only saw the back rower halted just 5m from the Scottish line, set up prop, Andrews’ score under the Newlyn posts. Jack’s reward was an immediate lie down in the dug out as the cavalry began their introductions with the hour mark reached.

There seemed increasingly from this point, no way back for the Londoners. As you’d expect they gave it their all to the end. But it was all to no avail, as some excellent handling gifted Wedlake with his sides bonus point try in the Old Western National Corner – and there were still over 15 minutes left to apply some icing. Albeit effectively for no further gain as elsewhere – Nottingham finally got to grips with a stubborn Carnegie to seal the group on tries scored.

Cargs’ last kick penalty to end proceedings, thus completed their mission – a home tie safely in the bag.

Match Officials

Referee:

Charles Gayther

AR1:

Michael Woods

AR2:

Simon Adams

No:4:

Zerren Bell

Assessor:

Chris White

The Line Ups

Cornish Pirates Starting 15

15

AJ Cant

( 23

Rory Parata)

55

14

Alex O'Meara

13

Robin Wedlake

12

Callum Patterson

11

Maliq Holden

10

Javier Rojas Alvarez

( 22

Will Cargill)

55

9

JB Bruzulier

( 21

Alex Schwarz)

71

1

Jack Andrew

( 17

Marlen Walker)

59

2

Tom Cowan-Dickie

( 16

Dan Frost)

59

3

Craig Mitchell

( 18

Sam Rodman)

59

4

Danny Cutmore

5

Brett Beukeboom (c)

6

Fa'atiga Lemalu

7

Antonio Kiri Kiri

( 20

Paddy Ryan)

71

8

James McRae

( 19

Tom Duncan)

72

Substitutes

16

Dan Frost

17

Marlen Walker

18

Sam Rodman

19

Tom Duncan

20

Paddy Ryan

21

Alex Schwarz

22

Will Cargill

23

Rory Parata

Tries

James McRae

22

Tom Cowan-Dickie

28

Jack Andrew

58

Robin Wedlake

64

Conversions

Javier Rojas Alvarez

23

Javier Rojas Alvarez

29

Will Cargill

59

Penalties

Will Cargill

80

London Scottish Starting 15

15

Joe Luca Smith

( 22

Dan Barnes)

33

14

Rob Stevenson

13

Elliot Creed

12

Matt Gordon

11

Luke Hibberd

10

Will Magie

( 23

Harry Shepard)

66

9

Josh Barton

( 21

Charlie Gowling)

74

1

Jordan Brodley

( 17

Ryan Eveleigh)

75

2

James Malcolm

( 16

Ollie Adams)

70

3

Kyle Whyte

( 18

Phil Cringle)

55

4

Nodar Cheishvili

( 19

Matas Jurevicius)

59

5

Alex Toolis

6

Luke Frost

( 20

Jack Ingall)

70

7

Lewis Wynne (c)

8

Matt Eliet

Substitutes

16

Ollie Adams

17

Ryan Eveleigh

18

Phil Cringle

19

Matas Jurevicius

20

Jack Ingall

21

Charlie Gowling

22

Dan Barnes

23

Harry Shepard

Tries

Will Magie

8

Rob Stevenson

11

Conversions

Will Magie

9

Will Magie

12