Cornish Pirates 50 Bristol  22

Pirates 50

Bristol 22

24th September 2011


Cornish Pirates 50 Bristol 22

Cornish Pirates 50 Bristol  22
British & Irish Cup Round 1 
Wednesday 21st September

Wolls Match Report

A second half blitz from the Pirates; inspired no doubt by the introduction at the break by a returning Morgan and a rampaging Ward, transformed a match that looked to be slipping away from the hosts even by then.

Dave Ward Try

The ‘frank’ half time team talk as alluded to post match by Ian Davies, obviously did its bit too, as the visitors spent the second forty minutes pinned into their own half; with only the six occasions of rest-bite to glance upwards, as Pirate’s fly half, Cook, converted five conversions and a penalty.

Six minutes into the match however, a youthful and inexperienced Bristol line-up had turned any pre-game expectations well and truly on its head. Their flanker Eadie had grabbed a brace of tries, whilst Letherby had been reeled back from adding to his side’s 14 point haul, as the Pirates defence parted wider than the Red Sea.

This shortcoming persisted until Mr Lewis; the spitting image visually of the late cricket umpire, David Shepherd, with his various bodily actions denoting this offence or the other; finally called time for tea. It was also highlighted with the ease with which Mosses scythed through on the half hour, to hand his skipper, Mama, the simplest of tries close to the posts.

There were though some bright points, notably from Walker-Blair, whose try provided the host’s solitary score before the break. Cook’s conversion was simple enough, although he later missed a penalty unlike his opposite number, Cooke(!), who couldn’t miss for toffee. (7-22 half time)

The three changes for the Pirates at half time transformed matters immediately as the older hands took hold of the tiller. Instantly the younger members of the team in the shape of Kessell, Westren and Hill looked comfortable and more assured, where earlier this had rarely looked such.

It was the ever dependable McAtee though who began the second half rout three minutes in, as the Whippet immersed himself in a maul and took the spoils.

Rhodri McAtee Try

Most notably though, it was the hooker Ward, who looked most like a man on a mission. From the get-go his bullocking charges and play in the loose was more like the Wardy we know, and it too ensured the match was now only going one way.

Ten minutes into the half, and to everyone’s relief that it hadn’t been spent sat down as had become the norm of late; his road to redemption began with the first of three tries personally, courtesy of catch and drive following Barry’s dismissal for persistent infringing by the now wavering Bristol defence. The last of these being the pick and on the back of Maidment's powerful first contribution in Pirate colours.

Replacement, Paul Andrew joined in the fun on the hour, leaving only McAtee to complete the try scoring close to the end, following some excellent work by the man with shovel like hands, Ewers who continues to impress.

Thus we could sit back and savour a thoroughly entertaining evening’s entertainment from the inaugural and current holders of the British & Irish Cup. The debate as to whether the competition has similar properties to a certain yeast extract product will continue of course.

But for now, it’s five points in the bag for the Pirates and the knowledge that the squad as a whole has had some early opportunity to impress and step closer to perfecting its newer combinations. Players such as Lewitt at full back too, will also have stuck their hands up for future recognition.

Cornish Pirates
15 K. Lewitt 14 R. McAtee 13 R. Westren 12 S. Hill (21 T. Cooper 56mins) 11 W. Davies
10 R. Cook 9 T. Kessell (22 G. Cattle 64mins) 8 K. Marriott (capt) 7 C. Walker-Blair
6 D. Ewers 5 M. Myerscough (20 B. Maidment 64mins), 4 M. Smith (19 C. Morgan ht )
3 L. Fairbrother (16 C. Rimmer ht) 2 T. Cowan-Dickie (17 D. Ward ht) 1 R. Storer (18 P. Andrew 49 mins )

Replacements: all used

Tries: Walker-Blair, McAtee2, Ward 3, Andrew
Cons: Cook 6
Pens: Cook

15 J. Letherby 14 O. Woodburn 13 B. Mercer (22 J. Goodridge 58mins)
12 B. Mosses (20 C. Braley 69mins) 11 R. Edwards 10 M. Cooke (21 W. Thomas 54mins)
9 M. Keyte 1 W. Davis 2 T. Channon (16 R. Lawrence 64mins) 3 J. Caulfield (17 R. Cano 52mins) 4 D. Montagu 5 D. Barry 6 M. Eadie (18 H. Hone 70mins) 7 M. Mama (c) (19 T. Poole 64mins)
8 C. Danielli.

Replacements: all used

Tries: Eadie 2, Mama
Cons: Cooke 2
Pens: Cooke

Yellow: Barry

Match Officials
Referee: Shane Lewis
Assistants: Luke Pearce& Andy Bickle

Man of the Match: Charlie Walker-Blair