Cornish Pirates suffer frustrating home defeat against Leeds
Cornish Pirates 20 Leeds 27
It turned out to be a frustrating first Championship match under floodlights for the Cornish Pirates as Leeds earned their first win on Cornish soil since 2008.
The Yorkshire side scored four tries on a night when the Pirates had lock Gary Johnson sin-binned and lost Gavin Cattle, Max Maidment and Rob Elloway with concerning injuries, and in truth deserved their victory.
After a whirlwind start with a Kieran Hallett penalty and converted Gavin Cattle try putting the Pirates 10-0 up Leeds began to take control. Fred Burdon quickly scored a try to get his team back in the game and just before the break Jonah Holmes` touchdown tied the game.
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Glyn Hughes converted and then added a penalty following a successful 40 metre effort from Hallett to give Leeds a 15-13 half-time lead.
The second half belonged to the visitors though with Johnson carded just before Craig Hampson scampered over for a third Leeds try. Hughes converted.
With little quality ball and few opportunities to attack the Pirates spent most of the second half pegged back in their own territory. Late in the gamer former Pirate David Doherty capitalised on a left wing overlap to score against his old club.
Deep in injury time Craig Holland scored his first try in Pirates colours from a quick tap penalty with Sinclair converting. Having grabbed a losing bonus point they pushed on to try and level the game only to be beaten by the clock.
Holland, Tincknell, Riley, James, K.Goss, Hallett (Sinclair 73), Cattle (capt) (Kessell h/t); Paver (Andrew 63), Elloway (Carpenter 54), Prescott (Maidment 63, Paver 80+2), Sandford (Graulich 63), Johnson, Morgan, Cheesman (Parker 61), McGlone
Tries – Cattle, Holland
Cons – Hallett, Sinclair
Pens – Hallett (2)
Yellow Card – Johnson
D.Doherty, Holmes, Griffin (Lucock 66), Burdon, O.Goss, Hughes (Lozowski 75), Hampson; Harris (Lockwood 77), Nielsen, Tussac, Myerscough, Green, Rowan (capt), Doyle, Burrows (Jones 78)
Replacements (not used) – Graham, Armstrong, Hannay
Tries – Burdon, Griffin, Hampson, D.Doherty
Cons – Hughes (2)
Pen – Hughes
Referee – R.Campbell (RFU)
Attendance – 1,844