Saturday 31s December 2016
Greene King IPA Championship Rd 13
Mennaye Field Penzance
Three is the magic number it would seem.
Three converted tries, in a devastating six minute spell in the dying moments of this pulsating Championship contest, finally allowed the Pirates to register their first back to back league wins since September.
It also means the Cornishmen could enjoy the dizzy heights of seeing this first league double of the season, raise them to third in the division rankings – albeit temporarily.
Kyle Moyle too must have thought he was heading to his hat-trick, with a second interception late on – but with some 70 plus metres to negotiate. Relief perhaps then for the winger, as Mr Makepeace called him back with Nottingham getting their advantage awarded – albeit with the game all but lost, if not quite yet finished.
And yet this whirlwind of a climax, had begun to seem as unlikely as rocking horse waste product just after the hour mark, when the visitor's fly half – Olver – had landed an immense penalty from close to halfway to level things.
From being on the ropes in the opening exchanges of the second period – as the hosts looked to expand on their dominant first half – the Midlanders had somehow clawed their way back.
Quick-fire tries from Thacker & Hooper seemingly had turned the game on it's head -where such possibility had appeared nigh on impossible. Memories of the Richmond game began to creep into consciousness – and this after a first half that had seen the Pirates emerge with the ascendancy, through tries from Bodilly & Moyle and the reliable hoof of May (L).
We needn't have worried as the grandstand finish unfolded.
Moyle eased concerns with a try in the Old Western that was brilliantly converted by May. De Batista then shimmied his way through a static Greens defence to all but seal the result – and the 4 try bonus point. Dan Lee did the rest off the back of Simmonds' determination and guaranteed rousing NYE post match sing song in the marquee.
15 Toby May, 14 Jack Arnott (20 Alex Day 57-62), 13 Max Bodilly
12 Nicolas De Battista (22 Bar Bartlett 63-69), 11 Kyle Moyle, 10 Laurence May
9 Stuart Townsend,
50 Marlen Walker, 2 Tom Channon (16 Jack Innard 54)
50 Tyler Gendall (17 Jack Andrew 63), 4 Chris Morgan (capt)(18 Jake Parker 77)
5 Brett Beukeboom, 6 Sam Simmonds, 7 Alex Cheesman
8 Tom Duncan (19 Dan Lee 57).
Replacements: un-used 21 Will Cargill
Tries: Bodilly (5), Moyle (31,70), De Batista (74), Lee (76)
Cons: L. May (6,32,71,75,77)
Pens: L. May (23,37)
15 Billy Robinson (22 Oli Evans 75), 14 David Williams, 13 Charlie Thacker
12 Vili Hakalo, 11 James Stephenson, 10 Sam Olver
9 Murray McConnell (21 Darryl Veenendaal 45)
1 Tom West (17 Kieran Davies 14-23;69), 2 Jimmy Stevens (16 TJ Harris 54)
3 Ben Hooper (18 Tom Heard 71), 4 Toby Freeman (19 Morgan Eames 71)
5 Ben Morris ©, 6 Shane Buckley, 7 Rob Langley,
Josh Poullet (20 Jordan Coghlan 69).
Replacements: all used
Tries: Thacker (53), Hooper (62)
Cons: Olver (54,63)
Pens: Olver (19,66)
Referee:Jack Makepeace (RFU)
Assistants: Adam Leal & Brian Ravenhill
4th Official:Ian Pengelly
Assessor: Chris White
Man of Match: Stuart Townsend