Cornish Pirates light up the Mennaye with 11 try win
Cornish Pirates 69 Cornwall Clubs XV 0
The Cornish Pirates ran in 11 tries in an entertaining game against a Cornwall Clubs XV at the Mennaye Field to mark the installation of the club`s new floodlights, writes Dick Straughan.
A heavy shower before kick-off made handling difficult and both sides struggled in the opening exchanges. The Pirates dominated territory and possession but lacked accuracy as they tried to force the game.
Breaks from Kieran Goss for the Pirates and Matt Shepherd for the Cornwall side were the only highlight of a first quarter which surprisingly ended scoreless.
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The Pirates then broke dangerously down the right flank through Bodilly and Kessell earning a lineout from which the pack drove onto the Cornwall line. A 5 metre scrum ensued and Number 8 Jake Parker ploughed over the line to break the deadlock. Sinclair converted.
From the restart Cornwall surrendered possession and Bodilly`s mazey run took play deep inside their 22. Quick recycling saw the ball shipped wide and Luke Jones scored in the corner with Sinclair again on target with the boot.
Turnover ball at a lineout deep in Cornwall territory gave Hendrickson a chance to attack the line but the visitors failed to clear a loose ball behind their line and Max Bodilly grabbed the third Pirates try on 33 minutes.
And as the half drew towards a close the Pirates power up front proved telling with an unstoppable 15 metre driving maul yielding a converted try for Joel Conlon making it 26-0.
Cornwall kicked off the second half attacking the Penzance end of the ground but were immediately turned over and forced back inside their own half. Persistent pressure from the Pirates then set up Bodilly for his second try with Riley the provider.
Fly-half Angus Sinclair was the next to profit as he snaffled a chip ahead from his opposite number James Grubb on the Cornwall 22, and ran in unopposed for a try under the posts.
Hendrickson crossed for the seventh Pirates try just before the hour with Sinclair adding his 5th conversion. Two minutes later fellow centre Tom Riley raced in to score after a scintillating 30 metre dash from Matt Evans.
Skipper Gary Johnson then got on the end of Goss` neat offload to score on 62 minutes with Sinclair`s boot making it 59-0, before Joel Conlon showed the speed of a wing to race home from 40 metres.
Cornwall kept fighting but struggled to get out of their own half and were punished again after 73 minutes when replacement scrum-half Mike Pope completed the scoring as he wriggled through a gap in a lineout and stormed home from 10 metres to score.
Goss, Bodilly, Riley, Hendrickson, Jones, Sinclair, Kessell; Andrew, Channon, Prescott, Johnson (capt), Sandford, Bolwell, Conlon, Parker
Replacements (all used) – Elloway, Joyce, Davies, Barry, Stevens, Pope, Evans
Tries – Parker, Jones, Bodilly (2), Conlon (2), Sinclair, Hendrickson, Riley, Johnson, Pope
Cons – Sinclair (7)
Cornwall Clubs XV
Bennetts (Illogan Park), Forrester (Pirates Amateurs), Murray (Hayle), Nicholas (St.Ives), Bonds (Redruth), Grubb (Wadebridge Camels), Shepherd (St.Austell); Martin (Falmouth), Harding (St.Agnes), Hedge (Redruth Albany), Pearce (St.Austell), Kellow (St.Austell), Rose (Penryn), Duke (Launceston), Chapman (Roseland)
Replacements (all used) – Bray (Falmouth), Taylor (St.Ives), Penrose (Hayle), Mason-Maxwell (Lankelly-Fowey), O`Leary (Pirates Amateurs), Kava (RNAS Culdrose), Christophers (Cornwall Fire & Rescue), Buscombe (Perranporth), Ranscombe (Truro), Lea (St.Just), Hunt (Camborne), Hutchings (Liskeard-Looe).