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ALBION SPIKE PIRATES’ GUNS

FINANCIALLY-STRUCK Plymouth Albion rounded off their home fixtures in front of Sky Sports cameras on Friday night with a 19-14 win over the Cornish Pirates, which effectively puts paid to the Pirates hopes of reaching the semi-finals. It wasn’t the greatest spectacle to put before the cameras and with RFU President John Owen and RFU Management Committee Chairman Martyn Thomas in attendance food for thought for the men from HQ about the Championship and other pressing matters in the rugby world!

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PIRATES MAN THE BILGES

NO. NOT A SINKING SHIP, but holed below the waterline after being blown off course following their heavy defeat at the hands of Bedford Blues at Goldington Road on Saturday by 42-18. With both the Blues and Bristol grabbing five point wins, it is they, with two games to play who hold the whip-hand in Pool A of the RFU Championship Play-Offs.

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TERRY BURWELL IN THE SPOTLIGHT

Terry Burwell Competitions and Tournament Director at the Rugby Football Union was present at Camborne on Sunday for the Cornish Pirates vs. Bedford Blues Play-Off match in Pool A of the Championship.

He spoke to reporters prior to the match and gave them an insight on the RFU Championship,

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CAPTAIN CATTLE KEEPS PIRATES ON COURSE

Seats of your pants, nail-biting, gripping, pass the cardiac arrest tablets, the Championship Play-Offs are passionate, absorbing and give the end of season that final twist to make it something to savour.

Apparently gates are down up and down the country as some supporters appear to shun the new format well at the half way stage they are missing some of the most compelling rugby I’ve seen for a very long time…..Forget the Premiership this is were the real action is!!!

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PIRATES INFLICT MORE MISERY ON ALBION

The Cornish Pirates got their play-off hopes back on track with a hard fought 17-0 win over old rivals Plymouth Albion on Sunday at a wet and murky Camborne.

Albion’s fly-half Kieran Hallett had an off day with the boot fluffing three kickable first half penalties , and Gary Kingdom pulled one wide as well to compound Albion’s misery.

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PIRATES ARE HOME FOR SEMI

BRITISH & IRISH CUP SEMI-FINAL DRAW

Munster v Ulster and Cornish Pirates v Doncaster Knights in BIC semis

Matches to take place April 23-25 with final on May 16

There is guaranteed to be one Championship side and one Irish side in the British &

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PLAY-OFF’S ALREADY A THRILL

The first round of the RFU Championship promotion play-off’s has already thrown up some surprising results, not least Exeter Chiefs slip-up at Meadow Lane against Nottingham on Sunday by 20 – 9. The pundits prophecy of an Exeter Chiefs – Cornish Pirates semi-final already looks to be in tatters.

Not that the Cornish Pirates will be too downhearted about their 19-12 loss at Bristol on Friday night,

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ENGLAND SUCCUMB IN HELL OF THE NORTH

France Fédérale 29 – 11 England Counties

At the Stade Velodrome, Roubaix

The Vélodrome in Roubaix is the historic finish of the one of the most gruelling one day classics in the cycling calendar, the famous Paris-Roubaix otherwise known as the Hell of the North, and on a wet night England Counties were steamrollered by the French pack into submission in their own Hell of the North in front of a crowd of some 2,500.

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PIRATES CHART BRISTOL DOWNFALL

The Phoney War is over! The real meat of the Cornish Pirates’ season is now upon us The Play-Offs. Six games to decide who will progress to the Championship semi-finals, the top two from each of the two pools of four. First up for the Cornish Pirates a trip to the Memorial Ground at Bristol to take on the favourites for promotion to the Premiership.

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PIRATES STORM INTO LAST FOUR

The Cornish Pirates booked their place in the last four of the inaugural British & Irish Cup thanks to a 26 – 20 win over Welsh Premiership side Newport at Camborne on Sunday.

The Pirates scored three tries through Rob Cook in the first half and then a couple during the second period from winger Nick Jackson and replacement flanker Blair Cowan.

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