Rugby: Penryn v Pirats Amateurs Tribute Cornwall Cup match report
Penryn 31, Pirates Amateurs 13
PENRYN'S win over a plucky Pirates Amateurs side ensured them a Tribue CRFU Cornwall Cup first round quarter-final tie away to Newquay Hornets on Sunday November 16
It was a good contest between the sides, as both prepare for the start of their respective league campaigns, though in the end the greater fitness of the Borough boys gave them the edge over their lower league opponents.
Penryn's head coach Paul Trevaskis was satisfied with his side's performance.
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He said. "It was a hard game, was always going to be as the first competitive game of the season. Fair play to the Pirates Amateurs, they are a well organised side with some good players.
"I am just pleased that we have got into the next round of the cup, so that we can now concentrate on our opening Tribute Western Counties West League match home to St. Ives on Saturday.
"Steve Mitchell our fitness coach has done a great job with the boys during pre-season. We've got some good pace out in our backs with Alex Ducker, Josh Chambers and Taron Peacock, so as long as the forwards can win us some ball we should have a tidy side for this season. I am looking forward to seeing how we perform."
The match couldn't have started any better for the home side as winger Alex Ducker cut in field from the wing to touch down under the posts with just 50 seconds on the clock.
Fly-half Jake Seviour added a simple conversion for a 7-0 lead.
However, Pirates Amateurs hit back immediately as Penryn were caught off-side allowing centre Steve Evans to kick a penalty for the visitor's opening points.
They soon improved on that penalty as a period of pressure saw centre Harry Hudson in for a try in the corner, which Evans converted for a 10-7 lead.
Penryn roared back into the game and just past the mid-way mark of the half got their noses back ahead when prop Dan Booth powered over from a catch and drive near the Amateurs' line in the clubhouse corner for an un-converted try.
The advantage didn't last long as Evans punished Penryn for going off-side with his second penalty.
Borough were looking dangerous when they moved the ball wide, Ducker got his second try in the top corner to regain the lead for the Borough.
Penryn suffered a blow just on half-time as replacement Ethan Pattison was yellow carded for a professional foul.
Penryn weathered the handicap of playing with just 14 men at the beginning of the second half, and with Pattison set to return to the fray they scored a great breakout try from their own 22, started and finished by full back Josh Chambers, though the final pass from Ducker looked to be forward.
Seviour added the conversion and Borough were well in command at 24-13.
Penryn wrapped up the tie with a fifth try scored by Booth, who appeared from nowhere in the Pirates 22 to streak in under the Amateurs' posts at the Mabe end.
Seviour completed the scoring with his third conversion of the game.
Revised quarter-final draw: Newquay Hornets v Penryn; St Austell v Truro; Saltash v Hayle; Wadebridge Camels v Camborne.