Cornish Pirates 5 London Welsh 20
The Cornish Pirates endured a frustrating afternoon at the Mennaye Field as promotion chasing London Welsh moved back into 2nd place in the Greene King Championship with a comfortable win, writes Dick Straughan.
The game was an error strewn affair from the start with both sides struggling to get any continuity in their game but early points gave the visitors a platform on which to build.
Scrum-half Alex Davies landed a 4th minute penalty before they grabbed an opening try ten minutes later.
A Pirates attack on the Welsh 22 was halted by a loose pass and a turnover and the Exiles attacked at pace down the left flank. Wing Nick Scott broke free to run in from 40 metres and Davies converted for a 10-0 lead.
The Pirates battled hard to make a mark on the contest and Kieran Hallett was wide with a penalty attempt at the end of the first quarter. But with half an hour played the Welsh struck again.
Patient build up play and relentless phases of attack eventually carved out a gap in the Pirates defence big enough for flanker Dan Browne to charge through, and at half-time the Welsh led 15-0.
The game continued in the same vein after the break with the Pirates pressing but being thwarted by errors and another turnover led to try number three on the hour.
Prop James Tideswell stole the ball at a ruck deep in the Welsh 22 and they attacked at pace switching the ball from the right to left flank. Scott`s break was well halted by Junior Fatialofa but skipper Carl Kirwan arrived to score.
With time almost up yet another Pirates attack finally yielded a consolation try for the home side as Craig Holland gathered his own chip ahead wide on the left to score in the corner.
Bodilly, Hendrickson, Riley, James (Fatialofa 55), Holland, Hallett, Kessell (Fullerton 76); Cahill, Elloway (Channon 65), Prescott (Andrew 65), Patrick (Graulich 55), Barry (Parker 65), Morgan (capt), Cheesman, Carpenter (Duncan 63)
Try – Holland
Awcock, Stegmann, Tincknell, Parker (May 65), Scott, L`Estrange (Lewis 60), Davies; Hepburn (Trevett 55), Vella (Davies 65), Edwards (Tideswell 51), West (Nimmo 60), P.Browne, D.Browne, Kirwan (capt) (Quill 65), Stedman
Tries – Scott, D.Browne, Kirwan
Con – Davies
Pen – Davies
Referee – M.Fox (RFU)
Attendance – 1,387