COOK CONVERSION SEALS COMEBACK

Rob Cook is fast making a name for himself with the Pirates’ faithful this season. The former Nuneaton player kicked an injury time conversion at Billesley Common to complete the Pirates second half recovery from 19-0 down at half-time to take the spoils 20-19!

It couldn’t have started worse for the Pirates at Moseley as within 30 seconds of the kick-off fly-half Jonny Bentley had a kick charged down at Moseley had an opening try. Four penalties from Tristan Roberts without reply put the homeside in the driving seat at half-time.

Fired up from the half-time team talk from skipper Gavin Cattle the Pirates set about clawing back the deficit, with Rhodri McAtee scoring the first Pirates’ try, Cook’s conversion plus a couple of penalties left the visitors trailing by six points with still a quarter of the match to play. However time ticked on and the Pirates were still six points adrift as time added on was being played, until Nick Jackson found his way over to set up Cook’s trump card of a boot conversion. Click on the link to read Mark Stevens’ report from the Western Morning News

Mixed results in National League 1, the Cornish All Blacks enjoyed a fine win over visitors Blaydon at Polson winning 34-3 with tries from hooker Darren Semmens centre Mal Roberts, lock Ben Hilton and winger Kerion Lewitt. Tony Yapp converted all four tries plus two conversions. A result which keeps Launceston just behind the top three Esher, London Scottish and Cambridge.

Redruth made the trip to Northumberland losing 32-15 to Tynedale. Redruth did score three tries through Lewis Vinnicombe skipper Darren Jacques and Kiwi Mark Bright, but in the end a game from which they ended up with nothing to show.

In the Tribute regional league in South West 1 West, St. Ives defeated Chosen Hill Former Pupils 33-22 at Alexandra Road in a tempestous game. Four tries for the Hakes from Ashley Weston, Andy Skinner, Tom Outram and a penalty-try award. Ian Morgan’s boot adding the other points.

In Western Counties West, Camborne’s lead at the top has been cut to a point as they were held 11-11 by Truro at St. Clements. Truro led 11-5 at half-time thanks to a try from Mark Lea and two Scott Martin penalties to a try for Camborne from lock Jonny Griffiths. In the second half Dave Mankee kicked two penalties to earn his side a share of the spoils.

The other Cornish derby saw Wadebridge Camels defeat Bude 12-0 at the Molesworth Field. Camels scored a couple of tries from Cam Lees and Ian Boyling, with Josh Taylor adding a conversion.

Penryn had a good win at home against Minehead Barbarians 20-3. Two of the Borough’s four tries were scored by the Mann brothers James and Chris, with Darren Pellow and Sam Harrison scoring the other two.

Newquay lost at Okehampton 21-6 with the Hornets points coming from the boot of Sam Cullen.

Up in London in London 2 SW, London Cornish defeated Bognor 13-8 to record their 5th straight win. Read Dickon Moon’s report here.

In the Cornwall & Devon League, St. Austell lost at Tregorrick 11-9 against un-beaten league leaders Wellington. Falmouth had a good win at the Rec 17-0 against OPM’s, whilst at Moorlands Hayle won the Cornish derby 13-12 against Saltash. The games involving Liskeard & Looe and Stithians were called off.

The date and venue for this season’s Tamar Cup has been announced by the Cornwall RFU. The match will be played on Sunday 7th March at St. Ives. Kick-Off time to be confirmed.

Cornwall’s two home fixtures in the U.20 County Championship have also been announced. On Sunday 7th February they face Gloucestershire at Launceston, then on Sunday 14th March they play Devon at Penryn. Both matches kick-off at 2-30pm. The Away game against Somerset is on Sunday 28th February venue to be confirmed.

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