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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 23

Ulster A 14

22 October, 2017

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League / Cup

B&I Cup rd 2

Stadium

Mennaye Field, Penzance

Attendance

1074

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Cornish Pirates 23

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Ulster A 14

Martin Woollatt

Brian had blown through the day previous – leaving only a breezy legacy come match day.

Just prior to kick off however, the power shown in the minute applause for local rugby legend – Brian ‘Stack’ Stevens – eclipsed anything the meteorological namesake could ever hoped to have mustered. It needed to – and who’s to say it didn’t add further fire to the bellies of those in a Pirates shirt – as Ulster blew into town on a mission.
With casualties mounting in Cornish ranks of late – it is no secret that anyone turning up with a pair of boots, stands a good chance of being shown into the changing rooms for a game.

Step up Redruth’s lynch pin, Chris Fuca and the promising young forward from ‘Town’, Kieran Westlake – who both rallied to the cause during the week, with their loan deals.

Both had a baptism of fire and with polar opposite outcomes. Kieran came on – put himself in the the thick of it – only to head back off ten minutes later after a clash of heads. Chris on the other hand put in the sort of 80 minute shift we somehow expected – his MoM fully merited. Indeed his contribution to a 20+ metre maul late in the second period was the stuff of legend. So close and it showed in his disappointment as Sir pinged him and his accomplices with the line only then 5m away!

By then of course the game was more or less won – needing only a couple of penalties from 50-up man, Cargill, who calmly slotted these pots – to deny the Ulstermen even a losing bonus point. Potentially crucial come progression into the knockout stages.

Two dot downs from emergency flanker, Tom Cowan-Dickie, earlier in the period – had set the course in assured fashion. Scores which further twisted the knife into the visitors’ ambitions – and emphasised the need to turn pressure into points.

This the men from Belfast had enjoyed in a first period, that saw them dominate most facets – apart from scoring. Irish international wing – Craig Gilroy – had been close on a couple of occasions. But otherwise their clear quality could not create much more in the way of chances – as the Cornishmen’s defence not only held firm, but often forced the team in white backwards. Even when heading forwards and – when AJ Cant warmed the chair on the sidelines for the obligatory yellow card – with numeric advantage.
A scoreless first forty now looked inevitable. Until that was – with the clock ticking away – the Pirates finally got their hands on the ball and made some headway. Ulster infringed 35m out having lost their momentum. Will stepped up and duly made amends for his miss in the opening exchanges – when everyone was still getting up to speed from the delayed start. The officials’ wiring being the culprit – we’ll leave it at that…

The Cornish Pirates never looked back. Tom C-D’s brace – although sandwiching a classy try from Gilroy – handed the initiative to the home side. An initiative that perfectly solid even when Ulster threatened to get back into contention as more injury worries appeared. Nico de Battista pulled up with a tweaked hamstring – whilst Tom himself looked to have done some damage before getting up and nailing his second score moments later.

But all ended well as not even Jones’ late try threatened briefly more than the extra point. The Pirates thus strengthened their hold at the top of their group – to remain unbeaten in two – to surely take some confidence back into their next block of league fixtures. A quest that begins next week at Doncaster’s Castle Park in front of the cameras of SKY. Easy as….

Match Officials

Referee:

Mike English

AR1:

Simon Adams

AR2:

Ian Bibey

No:4:

Adam Wookey

Assessor:

Lloyd Jackson

The Line Ups

Cornish Pirates Starting 15

15

Toby May

14

Nicolas Coronel

13

Dan Koster

12

Nicolas De Battista

( 20

Laurence May)

44

11

AJ Cant

( 22

Alex O'Meara)

58

10

Will Cargill

9

Mike Pope

( 21

Angus Taylor)

65

1

Billy Keast

2

James Fish

( 16

Tom Channon)

48

3

Jack Andrew

( 17

Christian Judge)

40

4

Toby Freeman

5

Brett Beukeboom

( 19

Keiran Westlake)

54

6

Chris Fuca

7

Tom Cowan-Dickie

8

Rupert Cooper

19

Keiran Westlake

( 18

Marlen Walker)

63

Substitutes

16

Tom Channon

17

Christian Judge

18

Marlen Walker

19

Kieran Westlake

20

Laurence May

21

Angus Taylor

22

Alex O'Meara

Tries

Tom Cowan-Dickie

48

Tom Cowan-Dickie

64

Conversions

Will Cargill

49

Will Cargill

65

Penalties

Will Cargill

39

Will Cargill

76

Will Cargill

80

Yellow Cards

AJ Cant

14

Ulster A Starting 15

15

Jack Owens

( 21

Rob Lyttle)

32

14

Craig Gilroy

13

Callum Patterson

( 22

Jonny McPhillips)

70

12

Rory Butler

11

David Busby

10

Peter Nelson

9

Jonny Stewart

( 20

Aaron Cairns)

53

1

Schalk van der Merwe

( 17

Jonny Simpson)

70

2

Adam McBurney

3

Ross Kane

4

Jack Regan

5

Matthew Dalton

( 18

Greg Jones)

71

6

Clive Ross

7

Aaron Hall

( 19

Caleb Montgomery)

53

8

Joe Dunleavy

Substitutes

16

Zack McCall

17

Jonny Simpson

18

Greg Jones

19

Caleb Montgomery

20

Aaron Cairns

21

Rob Lyttle

22

Jonny McPhillips

Tries

Gilroy

52

Jones

77

Conversions

Nelson

53

Nelson

78