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Youth rugby: Pirates mini junior reports February 15/16

By Nath_Richards  |  Posted: February 21, 2014

By Phil Westren

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Pirates U16s MoM Matt Poole scores a try in the match at Hayle.

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Pirates Youth Reports – Matches played February 15/16

Camborne Colts 31, Pirates Colts 35

Following the prolonged spell of poor weather the Colts were delighted on a first sunny day for weeks to get a game of rugby. It was just their second match since Christmas, the previous one also being against Camborne.

The Pirates faced a strong home side and a few handling errors were inevitable after such a long break. Certain decisions went against the team and there was an unlucky bounce of the ball, but after falling behind at the start the Pirates soon recomposed themselves with a penalty from Sam Coogan and a try from Alfie Prosser, converted by Coogan, to make it 19-10 at the break.

Frustration from the first half was well harnessed when play resumed, with there some telling breaks and great tackling also preventing Camborne from getting too much ball. Ben Guy scored a try and Alfie Prosser proceeded to complete his hat-trick, but with Camborne also scoring the Pirates still trailed by two points as the half progressed.The 'Cherry & Whites' would actually extend their lead when scoring from an interception, but the Pirates dug deep admirably and in the last 10 minutes Billy Read went over twice to seal the victory.

Scorers – tries: Prosser (3), Read (2), Guy; con: Coogan; pen: Coogan.

Newquay U16s 0, Pirates U16s 10

On a bright frosty Sunday morning the Pirates travelled to Newquay hunting revenge after suffering a last gasp 21-20 home defeat to the Hornets last November. Their attitude was positive and they started the match with a bang with lots of possession and territory, but they couldn't turn their dominance into points. Newquay then tested the Pirates on the stroke of half-time but were thwarted by a tight defence for the score to stay 0-0.

The Pirates appeared the stronger when play resumed and they finally managed to break down the Newquay defence with a try through No.8 Kieran Stevens.

Keeping up the pressure fly-half and man-of-the-match Matt Poole narrowly missed with a penalty effort, but he then scored his team's second try of the match to deliver for the visitors a justly deserved 10-0 victory.

Coaches Stefan and Simon were very proud of the boys, for each played their part in an excellent team performance – the best of the season so far.

Pirates U16s: Ashley Mustin, Ryver Green, Kieran Stevens, Rory Osborne, Sid Cavell, Matt Poole, Liam Lonsdale, Kieran Stevens, Tom Hutton, Dan Hoblyn, Jowan Brownfield, Nick Nowell, Marshall Bawden, Rory Whitehead, Matt Evans.

Replacements: Billy Wilkins, Robbie Scrambler.

Try-scorers: Kieran Stevens, Matt Poole.

Hayle U13s 32, Pirates U13s 0

Travelling the short distance along the A30 for a game against Hayle, along with their hosts the Pirates welcomed the appearance of the sun, and although the pitch was a little wet underfoot the conditions were still good enough for both sides to show attacking intent from the off.

It was Hayle though who made the initial inroads and dominating the loose play with their large pack of forwards they were able to score a couple of early tries.

The Pirates made changes in the second half but no avail, as Hayle continued to win all the 50/50 challenges, and were always first to any loose ball. Indeed, any ball the Pirates did have was either lost through poor handling and presentation or they were turned over almost every time they tried to mount an attack.

Congratulations are due to the home side for the way they dominated the game. The Pirates were never in the contest and in the end missed too many players through unavailability. There were a number who deserved credit, including Josh Storey, Jordan, Jamie, Matt and Zac, all of whom can hold their heads high for giving committed performances.

Pirates U13s: J. Gibson, M. Oliver, W. Simons, T. Osborne, M. Osborne, M. Roberts, L. Guy, J. Church, M. Harvey, D. Marshall, Z. Semmens, A. Stacey, C. Parsons, J. Shrosbree, J. Storey, T. Kearey, H. Eddy, O. Legg, J. Lemarachel.

Hayle U10s 5, Pirates U10s 5

This game went ahead despite the horrendous weather over the last few weeks. Hayle's pitch was actually in excellent condition, so full credit must go to their ground staff.

The two teams had last met early in the season, when the Pirates won a very close fought game. This one was more even again, as the scoreline confirms.

The Pirates had missed a few matches and training sessions, so were pretty rusty by their standards, whilst in warm and sunny conditions Hayle were up for revenge, and proved a very tough team to break down.

In the first half try-scoring opportunities were limited, as both teams defended well. However, after the Pirates went close on a couple of occasions, Danny Fyffe suddenly managed a swerve and run to to put the visitors 5-0 up at the break.

The second half was also closely fought, but after a sustained period of attack Hayle managed to squeeze through the Pirates massed defence to level matters.

Wes Eddy broke though and ran almost the entire length of the pitch, before being tackled just short of the try line. It was a great effort that might have snatched a win for the Pirates, but neither side would score again and the match ended in a draw.

Pirates U10s: Evan Read, Beau O'Neill, Tyree Heaver, Joe Pengelly, Jacob Hill, Callum Kitchen, Harvey Stone, Joe Benson, Dylan Kissling, Angus McLeod, Danny Fyffe, Wes Eddy, Ross Gilmour, Charlie Upchurch.

Try-scorer: Danny Fyffe.

Hayle U9s 30, Pirates U9s 65

On a welcome springlike morning, this match was played in quarters with the Pirates swapping their two teams around at each break. Team 'A' started well with excellent defending and tackling, although at the first break the home team was one try up. Team 'B' came back in the second quarter matching the score with Hayle, and during final half of the game both teams dominated play to ultimately achieve a comfortable victory.

Pirates 'A': E. Combellack, G. Marshall, O. Beckerleg, M. Randall, F. Hockley-Hills, T. Rogers, W. Hall.

Try-scorers: Marshall, (2), Hall (2), Beckerleg, Randall.

Pirates 'B': J. Puckey, J. Keogh (2), A. Prout, Z. Boulton (2), J. Harvey (1), O. Sutton (2), J. Wilson, M. Harvey

Try-scorers: Keogh (2), Boulton (2), Sutton (2), J. Harvey.

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