Woeful Pirates slip to defeat at London Scottish
London Scottish 25 Cornish Pirates 6
This was not an afternoon to remember for the Cornish Pirates, reports Dick Straughan at The Athletic Ground.
A bright start then became as gloomy as the gathering clouds and by full-time with the Scots comfortably ahead a huge thunder storm and torrential rain gave an appropriate vent to head coach Ian Davies' anger.
The Pirates head coach felt this might have been the worst performance by any team in the Championship this season but two early Kieran Hallett penalties put the Cornish side 6-0 ahead after 17 minutes.
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With try scoring chances missed by the Pirates and Scottish fly-half Dan Newton having a dreadful day with the boot it took until the half hour mark before more points were scored. But with them came the turn in the tide of this contest.
USA international prop Eric Fry barged over the line from close range and then two unconverted tries from the home side just after half-time sealed the Scottish win.
Full-back Jim Thompson ran in the first breaking free down the left and wing Miles Mantella ran in his 13th try of the season four minutes later after Kieran Hallett had turned over possession on halfway.
Hooker Tom Dunn added a fourth on the hour after a series of close range penalties and the Pirates threw six replacements into the action in a late bid to salvage some pride.
As the weather worsened a huge thunder and lightning storm erupted over south west London with torrential rain leaving pools of standing water on the pitch.
The Scots continued to attack but the Pirates kept them out conceding only a James Love penalty near the end of a truly bad day at the office for the Cornish Pirates.
Thompson, Doneghan, Grove (Love 62), Reay (Gidlow 70), Mantella, Newton, Pasqualin; Fry, Dunn (Kwasnicki 62), Francis, Hotson (Spivey 71), Lyons, Russell (Best 48), Pennycook, Bright (capt)
Replacements (not used) – Irish, Millar
Tries – Fry, Thompson, Mantella, Dunn
Con – Newton
Pen – Love
Holland (Moyle 64), Pope, Riley (Fatialofa 64), Dancer, Goss, Hallett (Sinclair 64), Kessell; Andrew, Elloway (Channon 64), Prescott (Cahill 30), Graulich, Barry (Parker 64), Morgan (capt) (Atkinson 64), Cheesman, Carpenter
Pens – Hallett (2)
Referee – C.Maxwell-Keys (RFU)
Attendance – 1,200