1st XV Match Report V Cornish Pirates (a) Sun 10/03/2013 

 

Match Details

 

Venue

The Mennaye

Attendance

1,223

Referee

Ross Campbell

Kick Off

3.00pm

 

Teams

 

 

Cornish Pirates

17 - 14

Moseley

 

 

Grant Pointer

15

Oliver Thomas

P P P

T T

Ashley Smith

14

Simon Hunt

 

 

Thomas Riley

13

Greg King

 

 

Thomas Bedford

12

Anthony Carter

 

T

Matt Evans

11

William Robinson

 

C

Aaron Penberthy

10

Glyn Hughes

 

 

Gavin Cattle

9

Ryan Glynn

 

 

Ryan Storer

1

Ethan Waller

T

 

Will Tanner

2

Sam Wilkes

 

 

Peter Joyce

3

Benjamin Evans

 

 

David Lyons

4

Addison Lockley

 

Y

Gary Johnson

5

Buster Lawrence

 

 

Alex Cheesman

6

Neil Mason

 

 

Philip Burgess

7

Ben Pons

 

 

Kyle Marriott

8

Ben Pienaar (c)

 

 

Replacements

 

 

 

 

Ben Prescott

16

Tom Warren

 

 

Robert Elloway

17

Matthew Williams

 

 

Darren Barry

18

Mike Powell

 

 

James Tyas

19

Sam Dickinson

 

 

Christopher Cook

20

Oliver Robinson

 

 

Keiran Hallett

21

Samuel Brown

 

 

Wesley Davies

22

Bradley Davies

 

 

Match Report

 

Cornish Pirates weather storm to win tight game against dogged Moseley side

Bill Sobey - Western Morning News

 

Cornish Pirates got their Championship season back on track, but the going was certainly tough during a 17-14 victory over Moseley at Mennaye Field yesterday.

 

On another day, a bonus-point victory might have been a reasonable expectation. But in the swirling winds and with intermittent rain showers engulfing Penzance, this narrow three-point, three-try success represents a job well done.

 

Two touchdowns from on-loan London Scottish man Ashley Smith and one from fellow wing Matt Evans were just enough to see them clear.

 

They were playing against a motivated, relegation-threatened Moseley side, who declared before the game that the injury-hit Cornishmen were more vulnerable than usual on home soil.

 

Instead, the win for Pirates brings a three-game losing streak to an end ahead of a tough round of fixtures that could determine the success or failure of an entire campaign.

 

Moseley, with a strong wind behind them in the first half, made the better start. After narrowly failing to score the game's first try, they took three points from a penalty kicked by former Pirates full-back Ollie Thomas.

 

Pirates soon responded. Smith's break and chip down the right got them into the Moseley 22 and their first try eventually came from Evans on the opposite flank.

 

Fly-half Aaron Penberthy was unable to convert, kicking into a fierce wind from close to the touchline and Moseley soon retook the lead with another Thomas penalty.

 

Penberthy, meanwhile, fared little better from the other side with a penalty attempt of his own as a hard-fought half gradually drew to a close.

 

There was still time for controversy before the break when Pirates lock Gary Johnson was shown a yellow card following a melee just inside the Pirates' half. But, despite the reduced number in their pack, Pirates stood up the pressure well to see out the half just one point behind.

 

The visitors' lead was extended to four points within five minutes of the restart, however. Thomas judged the wind expertly to kick an early second-half penalty between the posts after the Pirates' debutant hooker Will Tanner was penalised for standing up in a scrum.

 

Pirates soon asserted themselves on the half. A catch-and-drive for the line was held up but they had more joy in wide areas, scoring through Smith who was unmarked on the right-hand side. Penberthy then added an excellent conversion.

 

Smith then found himself on the end of another try-scoring move on the hour mark. A Phil Burgess chip and charge put Thomas under pressure inside his own 22. He was then penalised and Gavin Cattle's quick tap penalty and pass found Smith with a simple run-in for his second try.

 

However, that progress was partially undone after some poor work from the restart and Moseley eventually mauled their way to their first try through prop Ethan Waller.

 

It did not prove costly in the end, as Pirates gave as good as they got in the latter stages. However, they may need to find something more in challenging league fixtures against Rotherham Titans and Bedford Blues before a season- defining British and Irish Cup clash with Munster.

 

 

 

The Game as it Happened

 

 

 

Cornish Pirates

Min

Score

Moseley

 

11

0 - 3

Pen Oliver Thomas

Try Matt Evans

15

5 - 3

 

 

23

5 - 6

Pen Oliver Thomas

Yellow Card Gary Johnson

38

5 - 6

 

 

45

5 - 9

Pen Oliver Thomas

Try Ashley Smith

52

10 - 9

 

Con Aaron Penberthy

52

12 - 9

 

Ben Prescott for Peter Joyce

54

12 - 9

 

Rob Elloway for Will Tanner

54

12 - 9

 

 

55

12 - 9

Olly Robinson for Ben Pons

 

55

12 - 9

Mike Powell for Addison Lockley

 

55

12 - 9

Sam Dickinson for Neil Mason

Try Ashley Smith

56

17 - 9

 

 

60

17 - 14

Try Ethan Waller

Darren Barry for David Lyons

72

17 - 9

Sam Brown for Ryan Glynn

 

72

17 - 9

Matt Williams for Sam Wilkes

 

75

17 - 9

Tom Warren for Ethan Waller

James Tyas for Alex Cheeseman

78

17 - 9

Brad Hunt for Simon Hunt