Match-winner Cook happy to be back at Pirates again
Rob Cook's return to the Cornish Pirates was a happy one at the weekend, but he is still eager to make the most of his Premiership opportunity.
The Gloucester full-back, who scored 1,029 points over three seasons for Pirates before leaving Mennaye Field in the summer, made a match-winning comeback on Sunday.
Although Cook had one of his quieter games in the 19-17 victory over Plymouth Albion, he supplied the penalty kick that settled the score in the final minutes.
"Someone could say it was written," he said. "But it is just kicking at goal, nothing more. I was happy to do it.
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"It is always nice to come back here and play. I didn't expect to be back here this early but it part of the agreement put in place when I went to Gloucester.
"It is great to be back but it was not the prettiest of games against Plymouth Albion though. A win is a win."
There is a chance Cook will be involved in the Pirates' tough upcoming fixtures against Bristol (away), Newcastle Falcons (home) and Doncaster Knights (away).
The arrangement in place with Gloucester means Cook's participation will be decided on a game-by-game basis.
Whatever the outcome over the next few weeks, Cook feels Pirates must make big improvements to maintain their unbeaten start to the Championship season.
"Fair play to Plymouth, they came with a game plan," he said. "They are high on confidence at the moment but we felt pretty confident ourselves in defence – they didn't really trouble us too much.
"Our boys are saying they can play a lot better than that and they will have to step up over the next couple of weeks."
Cook has yet to make his Aviva Premiership debut but he is enjoying life at Kingsholm.
"It is what I wanted," he said. "I've always wanted to test myself at the highest level and I got the opportunity.
"It is going really well and I'm just feeling like I'm getting used to things up there now – how people play and things like that. It is a completely different scenario. Everything is on a plate for you up there.
"You just turn up and train and play rugby, that is all you have focus on. Everything is done for you. It is a good environment.
"But they want me to play more rugby so this a good place to come. The Championship is getting better and better every year."
Cook was also involved in the Gloucester United's A League victory Sale Jets on Monday night. He scored a conversion and a penalty in a 20-12 win.
Cook hopes his patience will be rewarded with first-team opportunities – just as it was at Pirates.
He said: "When I came down here three or four seasons ago now, I was more than happy just to be here. I only realised after one or two years that I could maybe step up again.
"A lot of it will be about taking my opportunities and going from there. That is what happened here and we'll just have to wait and see what happens."