Eight-try Pirates tame Titans at the Mennaye
Cornish Pirates 53 Rotherham Titans 21
The Cornish Pirates clicked in style at the Mennaye Field on Sunday, running in eight tries past a Rotherham Titans side who looked as if they just wanted to board the bus for home, writes Dick Straughan.
Without a head coach following the resignation of Andre Bester, they were rudderless and could muster only nine points from the boot of fly-half Garry Law in a one-sided first half.
The Pirates for their part scored an early try through the impressive Laurie McGlone and added further touchdowns from Phil Burgess and Rob Elloway.
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They should have had more and even before Titans lock Toby Freeman was sin-binned for a series of fouls at the breakdown the home pack was well on top.
A half-time lead of 22-9 was quickly extended by Burgess's second try soon after the break as the Pirates pack again drove over the Titans line, although the Yorkshire side did battle back to score two tries of their own.
Hooker Ted Stagg benefited from a 14-man driving maul close to the Pirates line and then again from a similar move either side of a second score for McGlone.
That, however, was the catalyst for the Pirates to kick on again with Junior Fatialofa scoring his first try since returning to the Cornish club in the summer after superb work by Burgess.
Wing Ben Mercer then added his first try for the club in the 79th minute before Burgess completed the scoring and a memorable hat-trick seizing a loose ball and sprinting clear from half-way.
Cornish Pirates: Davies (Kessell 73), Pointer, Riley, Fatialofa (Cheesman 70), Mercer, Penberthy (Hallett 73), Cattle (capt); Storer (Paver 66), Elloway (Semmens 70), Prescott (Joyce 53), Lyons (Barry 53), Johnson, Maidment, Burgess, McGlone.
Scorers. Tries: Burgess (3), McGlone (2), Elloway, Mercer, Fatialofa; cons: Penberthy (4), Hallett; pen: Penberthy.
Rotherham Titans: F Mulchrone, Homan, Blackett, Gill, Doneghan, Law (capt), C Mulchrone (Williams 54); Cahill (Gadd 47), Baines (Stagg 30), Davies (Denman 47), Freeman (sin-bin 24-34), Sanderson, Rieder, Ellyatt (Taylor 62), Kirwan (*****s 66). Replacement (not used): Styles.
Scorers. Tries: Stagg (2); con: Law; pen: Law; drop goals: Law (2).
Yellow card: Freeman.
Referee: J Meredith (RFU).