Five-star Pirates too strong for Worthing
Worthing Raiders 5, Cornish Pirates 31
THE Cornish Pirates continued their pre-season build-up with a comfortable win against National One new boys Worthing Raiders at Roundstone Lane.
The Raiders were without several key players as they began their pre-season campaign and mustered only a solitary try through Nielsen after 9 minutes, but were on the back foot for much of the game.
The damage was done with four tries in the first half as Kyle Marriott, Tom Riley, Tom Kessell and James Tincknell all crossed the line for the Cornish side.
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Heavy rain during the second half in Sussex made accuracy difficult with the only further points coming from Junior Fatialofa`s converted try on the hour.
Flanker Chris Morgan led the side and completed a full eighty minutes for the first time in over a year. Prop Alan Paver returned to action after a bicep injury and there were first run-outs in Pirates colours for James Sandford and Neale Patrick, but Pirates boss Ian Davies was not totally happy with the display from his team.
He said: "It was a good run-out and the conditions were not great. It started in the dry but then became increasingly wet with some heavy bursts of rain which didn`t help, and the game became increasingly disjointed."
"We forced things a bit and squandered a few chances but at least we created them. But Worthing were not at full strength and the game wasn`t Championship standard so all in all it wasn't the step up we wanted after the game at Launceston."
Davies feels that his forwards are coming to terms with the new scrummaging laws for the new season. He said: "We dominated the scrum as I knew we would but Worthing were so weak in that area that it was counter-productive and didn't really test us. A full strength Worthing side might have provided a tougher test."
And whilst the intensity of the game may have left Davies slightly disappointed he was pleased to see two of his big-hitters in Paver and Morgan back on the pitch.
"It was really good to see Morgs get a full game under his belt and Paves came on late for Max Maidment," he said.
"James Sandford is a bit rusty and Neale Patrick got the last twenty too which was good."
Playing his second game for the Cornish Pirates was Redruth hooker Richard Brown but Ian Davies explained that this is only a temporary loan and that Brown will be back at the Recreation Ground for the start of the season.
"Richard isn't dual registered and he has helped us out after Tom Channon suffered a burst appendix," he said.
"Tom should be available again for the festival fixtures at the end of the month but in the meantime we are grateful to Redruth and Richard for helping us out. He will certainly be in the mix for the Saracens game this week."
Cornish Pirates: Holland, Jones, Riley (Bodilly), James (Fatialofa), Tincknell, Sinclair (Hallett), Kessell (Pope); Andrew (Davies), Elloway (Brown), Maidment (Paver), Barry (Patrick), Sandford (Johnson), Morgan (capt), Cheesman (Atkinson), Marriott (Parker).
Scorers: Tries – Marriott 7, Riley 11, Kessell 25, Tincknell 38, Fatialofa 60; Cons – Holland 5, 11; Hallett 60.
Referee: N Cockburn (RFU).
Cornish Pirates duo Matt Evans and Aaron Carpenter helped Canada secure a crucial 27-9 win over the USA in the first leg of their Rugby World Cup qualifier on Saturday.
Carpenter captained the team in Charleston, South Carolina and after the four tries to nil victory, he said: "Coming down and playing in a tough environment in the States is difficult and we are happy to come away with a win."
"We were looking to get an advantage in the series so this is awesome for us. We are happy with the result."
The Pirates Number 8 admitted that the Canadian game plan "didn't go according to plan" but that their greater physicality was a huge difference between the two sides.
The USA, who fielded former Pirates centre Andrew Suniula, now travel to Toronto, Ontario this weekend looking to overturn the deficit.
The aggregate winners qualify automatically for the 2015 Finals while the losers will have to qualify via an Americas play-off.