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Having completed their Round Six stage of this season’s Greene King IPA Championship, the Cornish Pirates can feel deservedly satisfied to be at the top of the league table.
The Pirates presently have 27 points to their name (includes 6 x try bonus points and 1 x losing bonus point), with Ealing Trailfinders second on 25 and London Irish third on 23. It should be noted, however, that ‘Irish’ have a game in hand, their game away to Jersey Reds to be played on the weekend 3rd November.
Cornish Pirates’ wing Robin Wedlake is also, not surprisingly, the Championship’s top try-scorer. With 8 to his name he is followed by Ryan Hutler (Bedford Blues) and James Cordy-Redden (Ealing Trailfinders), who are both on 5. Listed among several players with 4 tries are ‘Pirate’ forwards Tom Duncan and Sam Matavesi.
And, thus far, who is the top points scorer overall? Well, top of the list it is another Pirate, Will Cargill. Having presently accumulated 62 points, he is followed by Shane O’Leary (Nottingham Rugby) on 59. In third place is former Northampton ‘Saint’ Stephen Myler (London Irish) on 54.
For interest, the last time the Cornish Pirates topped the league table at the beginning of October, which was after 5 x Rounds had been played, was back in 2011. In order, results at the time were a draw versus Moseley (27-all, away), and wins against Doncaster (39-32, home), London Scottish (25-23, away), Leeds Carnegie (52-10, home) and Plymouth Albion (20-16, away).
The Cornish Pirates, as ever, were keen to provide support by donating a shirt signed by members of their squad, which by auction raised £85
The Cornish Pirates can confirm that their popular and respected club captain for the past two seasons, Brett Beukeboom has decided to hang up his boots.
The Cornish Pirates can confirm that their Director of Rugby, Chris Stirling, has made an early return to New Zealand