Bonus point win moves Amateurs into top six
Pirates Amateurs 27, OPMs 16
THE Pirates Amateurs climbed into the top six in the Cornwall & Devon League after winning this first ever meeting between the two sides at the Mennaye Field on Saturday.
A Jimmy Trezise try two minutes from time secured a bonus point and club chairman Paul Greaves said: "I was really pleased for the players.
"Some of our young forwards played really well, which augurs well for the future."
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OPMs took the lead after ten minutes with a try from right wing John McGarry which was converted with a superb kick by Gavin Rea.
Amateurs then suffered an injury blow when Danny Toulon had to go off with a nasty hand injury which will keep him out of action for six weeks.
He was replaced by Danny Lugg, who came on for his first game of the season, and gradually the Pirates got a foothold in the match.
After a period of sustained pressure they scored their opening try after 37 minutes with a try from a forward drive, scored by right wing Ryan Forrester.
OPMs then hit back immediately with a penalty from Rea to lead 10-5 at half-time.
The Amateurs were soon in control at the start of the second half, however, and within two minutes following superb interplay between the forwards and backs Ashley Weston dived over for a try converted by Rhys Brownfield.
The hosts then extended their lead with a try from Ben Brittain, which Brownfield again converted.
Another superb kick from Rea saw OPM's briefly reduce the arrears, but after 56 minutes Forrester landed a drop goal to put the Amateurs back in the ascendancy.
To their credit, OPMs kept battling and Rea kicked a third penalty before the Amateurs had the final word when, following another forward drive, Trezise touched down his side's fourth try which secured a bonus point.
Greaves said: "It was nice to hear the referee, David May, say he'd enjoyed refereeing this game more than any other this season because the players from both sides focused on playing their rugby, and there was no back-chat."
Before the game a minute's silence was observed in memory of former Pirate Dave Berryman, who died on Friday (see full story page 13).
This Saturday the Amateurs travel to fifth-placed Withycombe (2.30).
Greaves said: "They are very difficult to beat on their own field, so we know what to expect up there. They are a very physical side."
St Just went down 29-0 at home to second-placed Stithians in Cornwall One on Saturday.
This Saturday the Tregeseal Tigers face another daunting fixture when they travel to runaway leaders Veor (2.30).