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After many years of trying, the Pirates Colts have finally once again been crowned County Champions.
At the start of this contest played at Tregorrick Park, St. Austell, however, it was the Saints who began brightest, as roared on by a vociferous home crowd they took a 6-0 lead thanks to a couple of Ashley Gilder penalties.
Weathering the sin-binning of their fly-half Jordan Sidwell the Pirates did well to strike back, a good try scored by No. 8 Mawgan Osborne and the conversion slotted by scrum-half Alistair Stacey nudging them in front.
Stacey followed up next with a penalty, before he scored an unconverted try near half-time following a strong run from flanker Mackenzie Oliver.
The Saints strived hard to get back into the match, however despite some promising phases they were unable to secure a crucial score. Indeed, the Pirates went further ahead with a try from skipper Toby Osborne and then a second penalty from Stacey.
With six minutes left, it was unfortunate that Toby Osborne picked up a neck injury, but with the result already secured the referee decided to bring the game to a premature end. Thankfully, after a trip to hospital, nothing serious was diagnosed and the team captain made a speedy recovery.
For the two combined Pirates age groups (U17 and U18) involved in this side, the victory was a just reward for all the hard work they have together put in. Their selection for the final was follows:
15 Leo Guy, 14 Lewis Burley, 13 Tyler Kearey, 12 Jordan Church, 11 Matt Burrell, 10 Jordan Sidwell, 9 Ali Stacey; 1 Aaron Kessell, 2 Perran Tustin, 3 Declan Prowse, 4 Toby Osborne (c), 5 Archie Pilcher, 6 Mackenzie Oliver, 7 Matt Vincent, 8 Mawgan Osborne.
Replacements: Xavier Jenkins, Sam Harvey, Will Trenoweth, Javi Gomez, Fletcher Stevenson, Andre Green.
The Pirates had first – and last – won the trophy back in 1990, when at Hayle a team skippered by David Pascoe defeated Camborne 10-6.
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