Cornish Pirates put Dundee to the sword in cup
Dundee 6 Cornish Pirates 32
A clinical performance from the Cornish Pirates on Scottish soil ensured that they travelled the 600 miles home sitting top of Pool 3 in the British & Irish Cup after a second bonus point win, by Dick Straughan at Mayfield
Dundee, from the Scottish Premiership, pushed the Pirates hard starting each half in ferocious form but ran up against a resolute Pirates defence which made its tackles and halted the threat from the home side.
Aaron Penberthy edged the Pirates into a 7th minute lead with a penalty but it wasn't until the end of the first quarter when Phil Burgess crossed for an unconverted try, that they began to breally assert their authority.
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The Cornish side were by now on top at the set piece and at the maul and they eventually turned the territorial advantage into more points when Burgess stole a Dundee lineout and started the move which led to a converted Jack Nowell try.
Penberthy`s second penalty made it 18-0 at the break but the Pirates were on the back foot again early in the second period losing Darren Barry to the sin bin.
Two Jamie Uruhart penalties cut the lead back to twelve before Burgess grabbed his second try with fifteen minutes to go.
Moments later turnover ball stolen by Nowell allowed Penberthy to chip the ball to the right flank and Grant Pointer supplied the finish.
Dundee roared back in a brusing finale but the match ended with a red card for home flanker Robbie Lavery after punching Barry.
Urquhart, McLean, Duthie (capt), Lavery (sent off 80+4), Paris (Walker 75), Laursen, A.Dymock (Steele 72); Longwell (Robertson h/t), Russell (Curry 72), Brown (N.Dymock 59), Linton, Hawkins (Brown 59), ***ming, Wilson (Morrison 75), McIver
Pens – Urquhart (2)
Red Card – Lavery
Nowell, Pointer (Wigglesworth 71), Cheesman, Bedford (Riley 68), Mercer, Penberthy, Kessell (Coote 74); Andrew (Storer 71), Yeandle (Semmens 77), Prescott (Joyce 60), Lyons, Barry (sin-bin 47-57), Maidment, Burgess, McGlone (capt) (Johnson 74)
Tries – Burgess (2), Nowell, Pointer
Cons – Penberthy (3)
Pens – Penberthy (2)
Yellow Cards – Barry
Referee – S.Graffikin (IRFU)