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Cornish Pirates v Nottingham timeline

By West Briton  |  Posted: December 06, 2012

Filthy work: mud-strewn Pirates hooker Rob Elloway.

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4 mins – Nottingham make their early pressure pay as the Pirates are penalised for crossing in midfield and James Arlidge's penalty takes him to 128 points for the season. Pirates 0 Nottingham 3.

9 – Good driving play by the Pirates gains masses of territory and a penalty which Kieran Hallett slots over from 20 metres. Pirates 3 Nottingham 3.

14 – Nottingham win a penalty on half-way and kick to the corner. They win their line-out and drive over the line for a try awarded by the touch judge. Arlidge converts. Pirates 3 Nottingham 10.

19 – In worsening weather conditions the Pirates resort to pick-and-drive tactics which gradually force Nottingham onto the back foot.

40+2 – The pressure from the home side is beginning to tell and they drive over the Nottingham line, only to be held up by a desperate defence.

40+4 – From the resulting five metre scrum the Pirates attack the blindside and score an unconverted try eventually credited to Phil Burgess.

Half-time: Cornish Pirates 8 Nottingham 10.

42 – Nottingham prop Mike Holford is pinged for tackling a player off the ball but Hallett scuffs the penalty wide.

44 – Pirates prop Paul Andrew is penalised at the breakdown but Arlidge is off target with a 40 metre wind-assisted place kick.

46 – Arlidge again misses from closer range after a similar offence.

55 – Now the Pirates turn the screw again. Nottingham hooker Joe Duffey dips his hands into a ruck illegally and is penalised. Hallett strokes over a 20-metre penalty. Pirates 11 Nottingham 10.

73 – The Pirates dominate the latter stages of the game but the pack cannot land the killer blow. This time the ball is knocked on in contact just short of the Nottingham line.

80+6 – Nottingham resist all the Pirates pressure and finally get good ball in midfield. They drive forward looking for a decisive penalty but after numerous against a solid defence are penalised themselves.

80+7 – Gavin Cattle kicks the ball dead to secure a significant win for the Pirates.

Full-time: Cornish Pirates 11 Nottingham 10.

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