Cornish Pirates
Friendly
Pirates 60 v 13 Cardiff
15 August 2009 - Recreation Ground, Camborne
Cardiff

Match Report

Cornish Pirates 60 Cardiff 13

A long trip down to Cornwall for the Blue & Blacks ended in a heavy defeat at the hands of a youthful looking Pirates side.Things though started well for the visitors replying to the Pirates early score with a well crafted try of thier own. Gareth Davis breaking the home defence to slip a pass to Ryan Howells who rounded the full back to score from outside the 22. Davies added the extras.

3 minutes later Cardiff were in front as Davies added a penalty. But with a penalty count of 16 to 5 against in the first half it was going to be hard to gain a foothold in the opposition half, the penalties being awarded by an 'old friend' - referee Luke Pearce who took charge of the Mounts Bay game 2 years ago. 

All the presure was coming from the Pirates and another score followed after yet another penalty, the resulting lineout producing a driving maul from 5 meters which crashed over the line to regain the lead.

A penalty in the last second of the half put the home team 15-10 up.

The second half saw a change of strip and a change of team for the hosts.

The pattern though followed the same script as the first, a series of penalties and a couple of tries from short range driving mauls.  In between Gareth Davies added another penalty for Cardiff, but it was just a short respite.

Three tries for winger James Moore and a brace for rugby league convert Wes Davies and the evening was complete. 

The home side finished with ten tries. The Blue & Blacks face a long trip home ready for the next challenge, a tough away day at big spending Coventry next Friday