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Pirates end regular season on a high with bonus point win

By Rhod_Mitchell  |  Posted: February 25, 2012

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Cornish Pirates 32 Moseley 17

Two late tries from the Cornish Pirates ensured a bonus point victory as they extended their recent winning run to seven games against a stubborn Moseley side, writes Dick Straughan.

Needing a comprehensive win to stand any chance of overhauling second placed Bedford in the Championship table the Pirates started brightly and were ahead after just 8 minutes as Darren Daniel marked his return from injury with his first Championship try.

Rob Cook added a penalty and then fly-half Aaron Penberthy  broke down the left flank before beating the full-back and setting up Tom Cooper for a second home try. Cook`s conversion made it 15-0.

But the Midlanders wrestled themselves back into the game and a period of sustained pressure yielded a close range try for wing Anthony Carter late in the half, converted by Ollie Thomas, before a Cook penalty made it 18-7 to the Pirates at the break.

A scrappy third quarter was finally brought to life by a Thomas penalty before the former Pirate took a one handed pass from Carter to score in the corner on 64 minutes. The full-back then converted his own try to cut the Pirates lead to a single point.

Jangling nerves were finally settled when a Phil Burgess break and a scoring pass from Ceiron Thomas put Evans in to score under the posts.

Then in the final minute of normal time Cook and Penberthy led a counter-attack from their own 22 with Thomas somersaulting over the line for the bonus point clinching try.

Cornish Pirates

Cook, Daniel, D.Doherty (Thomas 30), Cooper, Evans, Penberthy, Cattle (capt) (J.Doherty 49); Rimmer (Storer 68), Ward (Cowan-Dickie 68), Fairbrother (Brits 47), Myerscough (Burgess 70), Nimmo (Smith 57), Ewers, Morgan, Maidment

Tries – Daniel, Cooper, Evans, Thomas

Cons – Cook (3)

Pens – Cook (2)


Thomas, Carter, King (Adams 79), Reay, Robinson, Davies, Brown (de la Harpe 62); Gadd (Quigley 77), Caves, Voisey (O`Donnell 79), Sanderson, Spivey (Lyons 53), Tyas (Maltman 62), Ellery (Pons 79), Pennycook

Tries – Carter, Thomas

Cons – Thomas (2)

Pen – Thomas

Referee – I.Tempest (RFU)

Attendance – 1,844

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