Pirates end regular season on a high with bonus point win
Cornish Pirates 32 Moseley 17
Two late tries from the Cornish Pirates ensured a bonus point victory as they extended their recent winning run to seven games against a stubborn Moseley side, writes Dick Straughan.
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Needing a comprehensive win to stand any chance of overhauling second placed Bedford in the Championship table the Pirates started brightly and were ahead after just 8 minutes as Darren Daniel marked his return from injury with his first Championship try.
Rob Cook added a penalty and then fly-half Aaron Penberthy broke down the left flank before beating the full-back and setting up Tom Cooper for a second home try. Cook`s conversion made it 15-0.
But the Midlanders wrestled themselves back into the game and a period of sustained pressure yielded a close range try for wing Anthony Carter late in the half, converted by Ollie Thomas, before a Cook penalty made it 18-7 to the Pirates at the break.
A scrappy third quarter was finally brought to life by a Thomas penalty before the former Pirate took a one handed pass from Carter to score in the corner on 64 minutes. The full-back then converted his own try to cut the Pirates lead to a single point.
Jangling nerves were finally settled when a Phil Burgess break and a scoring pass from Ceiron Thomas put Evans in to score under the posts.
Then in the final minute of normal time Cook and Penberthy led a counter-attack from their own 22 with Thomas somersaulting over the line for the bonus point clinching try.
Cook, Daniel, D.Doherty (Thomas 30), Cooper, Evans, Penberthy, Cattle (capt) (J.Doherty 49); Rimmer (Storer 68), Ward (Cowan-Dickie 68), Fairbrother (Brits 47), Myerscough (Burgess 70), Nimmo (Smith 57), Ewers, Morgan, Maidment
Tries – Daniel, Cooper, Evans, Thomas
Cons – Cook (3)
Pens – Cook (2)
Thomas, Carter, King (Adams 79), Reay, Robinson, Davies, Brown (de la Harpe 62); Gadd (Quigley 77), Caves, Voisey (O`Donnell 79), Sanderson, Spivey (Lyons 53), Tyas (Maltman 62), Ellery (Pons 79), Pennycook
Tries – Carter, Thomas
Cons – Thomas (2)
Pen – Thomas
Referee – I.Tempest (RFU)
Attendance – 1,844