Pirates have to settle for draw after late Welsh penalty
London Welsh 17 Cornish Pirates 17
The Cornish Pirates drew on their travels for the third time this season as London Welsh clawed their way back into a fiercely contested match to finally grab parity with an Alex Davies penalty five minutes from the end writes Dick Straughan.
The former Plymouth Albion fly-half made a telling contribution with the boot landing three penalties in six minutes to cancel out a lead the Pirates had held since the end of the first quarter.
After a hectic opening quarter the Pirates finally went ahead with a try from Jonny Bentley as he rounded off a period of pressure down the right flank weaving his way over the line from ten metres out.
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After Rob Cook`s conversion Bentley turned provider with a neat grubber kick in the 36th minute for Grant Pointer to grab a second try for the Duchy side. Cook again added the extras for a 14-0 lead.
Scrum-half Rob Lewis grabbed a crucial unconverted injury time try to finally open the Welsh account and it stayed that way until the 61st minute when the Pirates lost Chris Morgan to the sin bin and Gordon Ross cut the lead to six points with a penalty.
Cook steadied Pirates nerves with a penalty of his own after he had taken a late hit from James Lewis before the intervention of Davies proved telling.
There was still a chance for Cook to snatch a late win with a 79th minute penalty but his kick from a wide angle went wide.
London Welsh: Thrower, Hurrell, Tonga`uiha, Whatling, J.Lewis, Ross (capt) (Davies 67), R.Lewis (Moates 67), Pittman, George (Nelson 20), Moss (Bateman 70), Brown, Purdy, Beach, Denbee, Jackson
Replacements (not used) – Corker, Russell, Smith
Try – R.Lewis
Pens – Ross, Davies (3)
Cornish Pirates: Cook, Pointer, Locke, Suniula, D.Doherty, Bentley, Cattle (capt), Rimmer, Elloway (Ward 57), Brits (Storer 74), Myerscough (McGlone 10), Nimmo, Cowan (Morgan 57, sin-bin 61-71), Burgess, Maidment
Replacements (not used) – Kessell, Thomas, Hill
Tries – Bentley, Pointer
Cons – Cook (2)
Pen – Cook
Yellow Card – Morgan
Referee – C.Marchat (FFR)