Cornwall club rugby players light up Friday night action at Penzance
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.
Head coach Ian Davies fielded a young side against the Cornwall side coached by Benji Thomas, Alan Paver and Gavin Cattle.
And after an error-strewn opening quarter which ended scoreless, the large crowd were treated to an enjoyable display of open rugby from both teams.
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Both camps were happy with the efforts of their respective teams and Benji Thomas commented: "The boys in the Cornwall squad were all different standards and came together to really give it their all.
"They played really well in that first 25 minutes before fitness began to tell, and the experience for them of coming up against professional players was fantastic."
He continued: "Cornish club rugby was the winner tonight with the guys who played doing their clubs proud. The event ticked all the boxes and I think the boys fancy doing this again next year."
"I hope the crowd went away thinking we have seen amateur players from Cornish club rugby tonight, and they can all play a bit."
After a slow start on the scoring front the Cornish Pirates ran in four tries in 15 minutes before half-time for a lead of 26-0.
Impressive wing Max Bodilly registered his second try early in the second half before the Cornwall side were blitzed by five more tries in just 13 minutes. Replacement scrum-half Mike Pope completed the scoring with a try of his own in the closing minutes.
Pirates boss Davies said: "It was a good evening with a fantastic crowd and the Cornwall Select side played their hearts out.
"Our boys scored some good tries and didn't concede any points, which before the game they were determined to do, so it was a successful exercise."
"We had some real shackles on us in the first 20 minutes but once they came off the boys relaxed a bit and we played some good rugby. But you can't take anything away from the Cornish boys because they certainly came at us in the first 20 minutes and probably deserved a score to be honest. But as fitness took its toll we scored some good tries."
The pick of the tries was scored by Exeter Chiefs dual-registered flanker Joel Conlon who showed the pace of a wing to race 35 metres down the right wing to score late in the second half.
Davies remarked: "Joel has taken a little while to bed in as he was late joining us due to the England World Cup commitments and the enforced rest after that.
"But he is a good lad and hopefully he will thrive here and produce even better things."
And he commented that Friday night rugby at the Mennaye had started well.
He said: "The lights were superb, the atmosphere was fantastic, Kernow King was brilliant, and it would be nice if we could see a few more scorelines like that on Friday nights."