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Cornish Pirates
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saturday, 15 December, 2018
14:00

Championship Cup Rd 6, The Mennaye

Plymouth Albion 12

Cornish Pirates 29

25 August, 2018

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League / Cup

Pre Season Friendly

Stadium

Brickfields, Plymouth

Attendance

Home

Plymouth Albion 12

Away

Cornish Pirates 29

Martin Woollatt (woll)

After the thrills and spills against the Chiefs last Friday evening – what better antidote than a visit to Brickfields to bring everyone back to earth again.

A tough test was expected and that was exactly what our chums at Albion served up – at least for the first hour.

By that point – the National One outfit had hauled back the Pirates 12 point advantage from the first period – and were most definitely sniffing greater things. Tries from Cornishman, Matt Shepherd – following the break – and ‘A Penalty’ on said hour was just reward for their efforts.

Efforts that had been on show from the moment Stupple introduced himself to my Pirates’ man of the Match, Harvey Skinner as early as the third minute. As if things couldn’t get any better – the Pirates had also been reduced to 14 – as flanker, John Stevens, accepted his fate from Mr Russell – for his part in Albion’s second score.

Things looked perilous for Cornishmen. In fact it would have surprised no-one had the Jaws theme been repeated over the ground PA system.

To be fair – the opening quarter hadn’t suggested a great deal from the visitors as – despite dominating possession & territory – they’d been unable to unlock some stubborn Plymouth rear-guard action.

Indeed when Pirates’ full back, Maliq Holden, gathered just outside his own 22 – and legged it to the opposing end to open the scoring- it had been Albion who’d been making the more threatening moves. They even botched an excellent opportunity immediately after the restart – when Josh Skelcey opted to turn inside on his wing – as the outside beckoned.

The winger’s choice then came back to haunt him as – the Pirates ended the half as they’d hoped to have started – with purpose. Some quick thinking by scrum half, Jake Ashby, gifted Alex O’Meara with time, space and options to end the first forty on a high.

So there we were. Pegged back and a man down. What could possibly go wrong?

Nothing much as it transpired. Dan Koster’s try in their first meaningful attack after the yellow card – not only restored the Pirates lead – but set them on their way to concluding their pre season with a 100% record.

Skinner’s penalty with ten minutes remaining spoke volumes about the visitors’ desire to win – but it succeeded in easing any nervousness. Hence Harvey’s ‘piece de résistance’ – a pin point cross-field kick to the right – which was cleanly gathered by Robin Wedlake. The winger’s fleet of foot, then finishing off the best try of the game in style.

Now it all gets a bit serious next week as the league campaign kicks off against Doncaster at the Mennaye. All rather exciting no?

Match Officials

Referee:

Ben Russell

AR1:

Andy Bickle

AR2:

David Philpot

The Line Ups

Plymouth Albion Starting 15

15

Matt Shepherd

14

Jordan Gott

13

Dean Squire

12

Robbie Weeks

11

Josh Skelcey

10

Fraser Honey

9

Cam Setter

8

Will Norton

2

Paul Davis

3

Dan Pullinger

4

Dan Collier

5

Lewis Pearson

6

John Kelly

7

Sam Daly

8

Herbie Stupple (c)

Substitutes

1

James Kenny

2

Jamie Salter

3

Marcus Street

17

Kieran Westlake

29

Rus Tuima

9

Joe Snow

10

Mitch Pinkus

18

Dan Powell

16

Teegan Minkley

4

Sam Fellows

Tries

Matt Shepherd

46

Penalty

60

Cornish Pirates Starting 15

15

Maliq Holden

14

Alex O'Meara

13

Rory Parata

12

Harry Strong

11

Matt Evans (c)

10

Harvey Skinner

9

Jake Ashby

1

Billy Keast

2

Dan Frost

3

Tyler Gendall

4

Toby Freeman

5

Danny Cutmore

6

Josh Caulfield

7

John Stevens

8

James McRae

Substitutes

16

Jack Andrew

17

Christian Judge

18

Sam Matevesi

19

Brett Beukeboom

20

Nodar Cheischvili

21

Jake Clemson

22

Mtt Bolwell

23

Tom Duncan

24

AJ Cant

25

Will Cargill

26

Dan Koster

27

Callum Patterson

28

Alex Day

29

Alex Schwarz

30

Robin Wedlake

31

Kyle Moyle

Tries

Maliq Holden

25

Alex O'Meara

39

Dan Koster

62

Robin Wedlake

73

Conversions

Harvey Skinner

26

Harvey Skinner

40

Harvey Skinner

74

Penalties

Harvey Skinner

69

Yellow Cards

John Stevens

60