So the twenty-one point advantage proved to be more than enough after the first leg of the semi-final as the Cornish Pirates, despite losing at the Memorial Ground 29-18 went through on aggregate 63-53 over favourites Bristol.

The Pirates exposed Bristol in open play scoring two cracking tries on the counter through full back Rob Cook and openside flanker Phil Burgess.

Bristol did their best to try and pull back the deficit, but as the game wore on they never had enough of a margin, their final try brought them to within seven, but Cook’s final penalty meant they needed to score twice as the minutes ticked away at the end of the game.

So the Pirates will now face London Welsh in the final with the first leg to be played at the Mennaye on Wednesday 23rd May kick-off 7-45 pm with the return to be played at the Kassam Stadium in Oxford a week later on the 30th May again at 7-45 pm.

In the Bill Beaumont Cup, Cornwall came close to upsetting Hertfordshire losing 29-27, a game they will feel that they should have won.

Despite the RFU tables showing Hertfordshire on 9 points, they actually have 10 points having scored four tries or more in both their wins so far.

Cornwall will have a tough finale on Saturday when they take on North Midlands, who beat Gloucestershire last Saturday.

Needless to say Cornwall could do with a good crowd to get behind the boys on Saturday, so get down to Camborne for the 3 pm kick-off.

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