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Youth rugby: Pirates mini junior reports - January 19

By Nath_Richards  |  Posted: January 22, 2014


The Pirates U8s on the attack at St Ives on Sunday

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Matches played on Sunday, January 19

Helston U15s 7, Pirates U15s 22

Depleted by injuries, the Pirates admirably showed patience, power and determination to overcome Helston just two days after their Cup match win against Perranporth.

Despite dominating possession, the Pirates were unable to penetrate a dogged Helston defence, which proved somewhat frustrating. Indeed, it seemed that Pirates may have gone on to regret a failure to make a breakthrough, when suddenly they took advantage of a defensive error to drive Connor over the line to break the deadlock.

A trademark storming drive from Eddie doubled the lead before half-time, which was just as well as the tables were turned in the third quarter.

Helston showed great character to battle back against a tiring Pirates team, and with a well-worked try and a terrific conversion they were back in the game.

The turning point in the match came with about a quarter of and hour remaining, when much to the amazement of both sides the Pirates had a player yellow-carded.

The apparent injustice of the decision certainly fired up the Pirates, as they went on to score two further tries, despite their numerical disadvantage.

Scorers: Tries: Isaac, Connor, Eddie, Morgan; con: Connor

The Pirates U15s also had a Cup match that was played on Friday against Perranporth ...

Pirates U15s 17, Perranporth U15s 5

After disappointment in previous Cup outings, the Pirates finally progressed beyond the first hurdle by overcoming a strong Perranporth challenge under the floodlights at St Just.

A good crowd enjoyed an excellent game which the visitors must be wondering how they lost. They enjoyed the bulk of play in the first half, dominating the scrum and setting up camp in the home team’s half. Crucially, though, they failed to convert territory into points.

Pirates, on the other hand, took full advantage when they got the chance – Isaac carrying over for the first score followed by a great try from Ryan, who powerfully burst through a dogged defence to sprint over the try line. Perranporth, however, continued to dominate in the forwards, and were rewarded when they drove over to go in at the break 12 – 5 down.

It was evident into the second half that first half exertions had took a toll on the visitors, as Pirates now enjoyed more success in the scrum and ruck, with one such exchange leading to a further try to cement the name of the Pirates in the Cup draw.

Scorers: Tries: Isaac, Ryan; con: Connor.

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Launceston U14s 15, Pirates U14s 7

The long trip to Launceston for this 1st Round Cup fixture saw a fine game played on a heavy pitch.

The Pirates once again succumbed to an early try but responded to then put pressure on the Launceston defence for a good ten minutes. A penalty was their reward, and after Tyler Vicars drove strongly and recycled the ball, Jamie Thomas scored at the posts. Daniel-Rhys Evans slotted the conversion.

The Pirates were unlucky not to extend their acquired lead, first from a fine run by wing Harvey Eyriey, who was stopped just near the line, and then a charge down by man of the match Conner George. Launceston, however, crossed for one more unconverted try to give them a 10-7 lead at the break.

The second half was one of those 'if only' phases of rugby. Launceston pressed hard, and it took a fine deep kick from fly-half Max Walden to ease the pressure and also help gain a penalty award inside the home team's '22'. A successful kick at goal would have levelled the scores, but it was decided to run the ball, only for Launceston to stay strong defensively and then eventually score again in the final few minutes.

The Pirates never gave up , and there was a sterling effort from all the forwards who secured good ball in the rucks and looked very steady in the scrum. Alfie Hall and Sam Benson were prominent in the loose and skipper James Lambourn pushed himself to the limit.

Thanks go to Craig Flack for masterminding the transport to Launceston, and both teams will look forward to the return friendly this coming Sunday

Pirates U14s: K. Ashley, S. Benson, C. Boyns, C. Brownfield, S. Cornish, D-R. Evans, H. Eyriey, L. Flack, S. Friggens, C. George, N. Griffiths, A. Hall, J. Lambourn (capt), T. Prosser, L. Sims, J. Thomas, J. Treddinick, H. Trow, T. Vicars, M. Walden.

Scorers: Try: Thomas, con: Evans.

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St Ives U12s 21, Pirates U12s 19

Starting this game against St. Ives in unexpected sunshine, the Pirates seemed to have left themselves in bed, whereas their opponents looked sharp and were clearly keen to play rugby.

Early injuries suffered by the Pirates upset the team balance, but that wasn't taking anything away from their opponents, who played with pace, handled well, and with strong rucking crossed for an early converted try.

The Pirates rallied, only to be denied a try by good cover work, and although St. Ives added two more converted tries before the break, the Pirates did manage some scores of their own. A try scored in determined fashion by Ollie was converted by Archie, and with time running out Toby Osborne made light of the rain and hails to also make it to the line. The half ended with the scoreline reading 21-12.

The weather refused to relent in the second half and the match turned into a dogfight, with forwards working hard to gain territory and backs finding very little space to work in.

The Pirates looked most likely to score with the line in sight, and Ross eventually crossed with Archie converting, to leave just two points in it.

A knock-on prevented St. Ives from scoring again, and the Pirates might have sneaked the win but for a foot in touch right at the very end. Congratulations, however, went to St. Ives on a hard-fought victory.

Pirates U12s: Tilly, Rogers, Johnson, Spicer, Penny, Rudge, Kearey, Morice, Wragg (capt),

Hands, Perrin, Adams, Pascoe, Benson, Robinson, Osborne, Williams.

Scorers: Tries: Legg, Osborne, Johnson; cons: Pascoe (2).

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St Ives U11s 0, Pirates U11s 21

The first half was a very even affair with both sides defending well, and the only score coming from the Pirates winning the ball at the breakdown and releasing J. Prowse, who sprinted clear to score. A. Barrett added the conversion to give the Pirates a 7-0 half-time lead.

The second half was played in atrocious conditions with the rain and hail hammering down, but credit to both sides for still continuing to play good rugby. H. Beckerleg and F. Nowell added two more tries for the Pirates, both resulting from good team play, to make the final score 21-0.

Pirates U11s: H. Rogers, P. Pocock, K. Harris, J. Tonkin, F. Terry, A. Barrett, W. Roberts, J. Prowse, H. Beckerleg, E. Bailey, F. Nowell, C. Nicholls, W. Randall, T. Gorvin.

Scorers: Tries: J. Prowse, H. Beckerleg, F.Nowell; cons: A. Barrett (2), F.Nowell.

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St Ives U9s 45, Pirates U9s 60

The sun was shining over St. Ives for the start of this game, which was played in four quarters.

Whilst the Pirates brought two teams and displayed great defence, support and some incredible tries, St. Ives fielded one team and showed amazing stamina. The rain reared its head in the last quarter, but it didn't dampen the determination and team spirit of the Pirates, as they scored a total of 12 tries in the match.

Pirates U9s: J. Smalley, W. Hall, N. Russell, L. Stephens, J. Harvey, J. Puckey, Z. Boulton, J. Keogh, A. Prout, GT Marshall, C. Williams, O. Beckerleg, M. Randall, J. Wilson, T. Rogers, H. Gwennap, L. Manzi-Bell, M. Harvey, F. Hockley-Hills.

Tries: Williams (2), Keogh (2), Prout (2), J. Harvey, Hockley-Hills, Beckerleg, Marshall, Manzi-Bell, M. Harvey.

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St Ives U8s v Pirates U8s

Game 1 - St Ives 25 Pirates 35

The Pirates played well in this first game, with an excellent all round team performance were deserved winners.

Pirates U8s: Josh Mann, Kane Brighton-Boyns, Tommy Robins, Oscar Marr, Kingsley Thomas, Jago Matthews, Ewan Simpson, Calum Skye, Charlie Legg.

Tries: Brighton-Boyns (2), Mann, Robins, Marr, Matthews, Skye.

Game 2 - St Ives 25 Pirates 30

In this second game both teams played well, but with tries from Josh, Kane, Tommy and Oscar the Pirates got their second win of the day.

Pirates U8s: Josh Mann, Kane Brighton-Boyns, Tommy Robins, Oscar Marr, Kingsley Thomas, Jago Matthews, Ewan Simpson, Calum Skye, Charlie Legg.

Tries: K. Brighton-Boyns (2), O. Marr (2), J.Mann, T. Robins.

Game 3 - St Ives U8s 20 Pirates U8s 60

The Pirates started this game as they meant to go on, by passing the ball quickly to players who ran straight.

The most pleasing thing, however, was the teamwork with tagging – the Pirates in one spell gained possession after tagging six times in a row - which proved the main difference between the sides.

Levan scored a peach of a try running the full length of the pitch, and Seb pounced on a loose ball and made good ground before passing to Kaea, who dived full flight to score.

Pirates U8s: Kaea Griffiths, Riley Roberts, Levan Murley, Joab Brighton-Boyns, Seb Dash, Archie Donnithorne, Marley Kissling, Luke Rawlins, Owain Russell.

Tries: K. Griffths (4), R. Roberts(3), L. Murley(2), J. Brighton-Boyns (2), S. Dash.

Game 4 - St Ives U8s 30 v Pirates U8s 40

This game was played in wind and rain and hail, with both sides suffering from the cold. St. Ives started play and ex-Pirates player Max Thornton ran a try in straight away. Pirates replied in kind and then tightened their defence to make St. Ives work for their further scores. The Pirates secured a number of turnovers, and Joab scored a great try after tidying a loose ball and running down the touchline to score in the corner. Luke also ran well, his support play enabling him to cross the line twice.

Pirates U8s: Kaea Griffiths, Riley Roberts, Levan Murley, Joab Brighton-Boyns, Seb Dash, Archie Donnithorne, Marley Kissling, Luke Rawlins, Owain Russell.

Tries: K. Griffiths (3), J. Brighton-Boyns (2), L.Rawlins (2), R. Roberts.

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