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Pirates secure attritional victory over Scottish

Pirates secure attritional victory over Scottish

Cornish Pirates got the better of London Scottish this evening in a scrappy Greene King IPA Championship encounter at the Mennaye Field which the hosts won 16-8.

Cornish Pirates got the better of London Scottish this evening in a scrappy Greene King IPA Championship encounter at the Mennaye Field which the hosts won 16-8.

An attritional game littered with errors throughout saw the Penzance outfit win the try count 2-1 which ultimately proved crucial and once they went two scores ahead on the hour mark they played percentage rugby to close the match out.


Pirates stay fifth after this victory, just one point behind Leeds, whilst Scottish remain in sixth place after their second consecutive league defeat.

The home side got off to a perfect start scoring the opening try after seven minutes.

A period of pressure was rewarded when the forwards muscled their way over in the left corner after a line-out, scrum half Tom Kessell touching down.

Kieran Hallett missed the resulting conversion.

Pirates dominated the opening quarter but Scottish did squander a good opportunity near the hosts line, knocking on at the tail of the line-out.

The error count was always going to be crucial in this contest and both sides were guilty of some basic mistakes not helped by the damp conditions.

However this didn't prevent the visitors from scoring a fine try to level matters up midway through the half.

A quick tap penalty by Bright saw Scottish on the front foot inside the Cornish half.

The ball was moved left where outside centre Mike Doneghan showed great strength to get past two defenders then feeding Mantella on the left wing.

He had worked to do but easily got past his man before cruising in for his sixth try of the campaign.

Lee Millar missed the conversion then failed to gather a simple high kick inside his own 22 soon after.

From the scrum, Pirates were awarded a penalty which Hallett kicked for 8-5.

Errors continued from both sides as the Cornish outfit went in at the break with a three point advantage.

A prolonged period of pressure from the Scots early in the second half resulted in a penalty right in front, Millar making no mistake to level matters up.

Before long however scrum half Kessell had his second try of the evening.

His side won a scrum against the head near half way and a kick into the Scots' 22 forced Jim Thompson to take the ball into touch near his own five metre line.

From the line-out the strong Cornish pack powered forward and Kessell was on hand to dot down.

The home side extended their lead to 16-8 just after the hour mark as Scottish continued to make errors which halted any momentum.

Cornish seemed certain to land a knock out blow when Goss was over the try line in the left corner. But Mantella's last gasp tackle forced the ball out his hands.

At the other end replacement Dan Newton missed a difficult kick which would have put Scottish within touching distance.

Scrum half Jamie Stevenson was then forced off meaning Jim Thompson moved in at nine from full-back and despite trying their best to get back into the game, Pirates held on to claim victory.

Listen to James Buckland's post match thoughts here

Cornish Pirates: 15, Craig Holland, 14, Mike Pope, 13, Tom Riley, 12, Junior Fatialofa, 11, Kieran Goss, 10, Kieran Hallett, 9, Tom Kessell, 1, Shane Cahill, 2, Tom Channon, 3, Alan Paver, 4, Will Graulich, 5, Darren Barry, 6, Chris Morgan, 7, Joe Atkinson, 8, Laurie McGlone.

Penalty: Hallett (2)
Tries: Kessell (2)

Used replacements: 19, Alex Cheesman, 21, Rheon James, 17, Ben Prescott, 16, Rob Elloway, 18, James Sandford, 22, Luke Jones.

Unused replacements: 20, Angus Sinclair.

London Scottish: 15, Jim Thompson, 14, Peter Homan, 13, Mike Doneghan, 12, PJ Gidlow 11, Miles Mantella, 10, Lee Millar, 9, Jamie Stevenson 1, Mark Irish, 2, Ted Stagg, 3, Eric Fry, 4, David Lyons, 5, Tyler Hotson, 6, Neil Best, 7, Ben Russell, 8, Mark Bright (captain).

Used replacements: 19, Chevvy Pennycook, 21, Andy Reay, 22, James Love, 17, Tomas Francis, Dan Newton, 18, Paul Spivey.

Unused replacements: 16, Jamie Kilbane

Penalty: Millar
Tries: Mantella

Referee: Dean Richards

Assistants: James Sullivan and Brian Ravenhill

Attendance: 1,449

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