Cornish Pirates 52 Leeds 10
The Cornish Pirates completed September unbeaten as they dished out a savage mauling to recently relegated Leeds at the Mennaye Field, writes Dick Straughan.
The Yorkshire side were out-muscled up front and out-thought in the backs as the Pirates ran in seven tries to one to send out a warning to the rest of the Championship.
After an early exchange of penalties forwards dominance set the Pirates up to claim two tries from close range in the first quarter with influential skipper Gavin Cattle scoring both.
What few chances Leeds did create were often wasted and after a Rob Cook penalty made it 18-3 to the Pirates, quick thinking by Phil Burgess released centre Drew Locke to score his team`s third try from half-way just before the break.
Two minutes into the second half it was the turn of fly-half Ceiron Thomas to keep the scoreboard ticking over as he ran in to touch down against his former club, and moments later Cook added to the conversion with his third penalty to make it 35-3.
Burgess crossed for s fifth try for the Pirates before Ian Thornley scored a consolation for the Yorkshire side converted by Tommy Bell.
But with lock John Pendlebury sin-binned for persistent fouling Leeds folded in the closing stages and the Pirates superiority up front was rewarded with a further brace of tries from Number 8 Blair Cowan.
Cook, Davies, Pointer, Locke, D.Doherty, Thomas (Cooper 56), Cattle (capt) (Doherty 78), Rimmer (Brits 60), Ward (Elloway 56), Paver (Storer 72), Nimmo (Myerscough 63), McGlone, Morgan, Burgess (Walker-Blair 63), Cowan
Tries – Cattle (2), Locke, Thomas, Burgess, Cowan (2)
Cons – Cook (4)
Pens – Cook (3)
Blackett, Richards, Thornley, Barker (Nilsen 72), Wilson (Bell 35), Ford (S.Barrow 42), Hampson (Shaw 42), Denman (Swainston 57), Titterell (capt), Swainston (Young 42), Pendlebury (sin bin 67-77), D.Barrow (Beck 40+1), Hemingway (Walker 53), Rowan, Burrows
Try – Thornley
Con – Bell
Pen – Ford
Yellow Card – Pendlebury
Referee – L.Pearce (RFU)
Attendance – 2,100