Cornish Pirates wallow in the mud to complete Albion double
Plymouth Albion 5 Cornish Pirates 9
The Cornish Pirates completed a season double over Plymouth Albion as they battled hard to secure the cross-Tamar derby in foul conditions at Brickfields.
Three Kieran Hallett penalties proved telling with Albion scoring the only try midway through the second half through Luke Cowan-Dickie. But a missed conversion from fly-half Paul Roberts and three missed penalties from the Albion ten hurt the home team.
The Pirates dominated the first half playing a solid territorial kicking game and running the set piece. Hallett landed his first penalty on 18 minutes after Alan Paver had been felled by an illegal Sam Matavesi tackle, and then struck again three minutes later as Albion centre Toby Howley-Berridge infringed at the breakdown.
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Albio's only threat in the first half came four minutes into injury time as Roberts blazed wide with a penalty from 40 metres.
Plymouth gained some parity in the set piece after the break but Hallett`s third penalty after 55 minutes punished the Devon side following two more penalty misses by Roberts.
But on the hour they finally made the breakthrough as flanker Sam Matavesi drove over from two metres with the home pack camped on the Pirates line. Roberts was again off target with a wide-angle conversion.
With time running out Albion secured a lineout 5 metres from the Pirates line but conceded a penalty followed by three more in quick succession as the Cornish team drove them back into their own 22. Gavin Cattle sealed the win with a kick to touch extending the Pirates winning run to four games.
McAtee (Arnott 74), Warner, Howley-Berridge, Fisilau, Bowen, Roberts, Rowley (Lewsey 68); L.Cowan-Dickie, Vickers (T.Cowan-Dickie 58), Morton (Fairbrother 61), Ashcroft-Leigh (Tovey 71), Nasiga, Stephen (capt), Matavesi (Sprangle 70), Carpenter
Replacement (not used) – Rogers
Try – L.Cowan-Dickie
Davies, Bedford, Riley (Hill 62), Fatialofa (Riley 65), Mercer, Hallett, Cattle (capt); Andrew (Storer 74), Elloway, Paver, Lyons (Johnson 57), Barry, Tyas, Marriott (Cheesman 62), McGlone
Replacements (not used) –Semmens, Prescott, Kessell
Pens – Hallet (3)
Referee – G.MacDonald (RFU)
Attendance – 3,058
HT – 0-6