When I read in the Western Morning News the Pirates side to face Exeter at Sandy Park last Saturday there was a sharp intake of breath and a muttering along the lines of “…this doesn’t sound too promising!” Regretably that initial observation proved all too accurate as the Cornish Pirates slipped to a heavy defeat by 38-7 against a side that had seen their slim hopes of promotion to the Guinness Premiership next season all but extinguished in their last two performances, a draw at home to Esher, followed by defeat at Leeds Carnegie. The Chiefs confirmed their win at Camborne earlier in the season by again showing the gulf in class between the two West Country rivals. Trailing to a first half try by Chiefs classy winger Josh Drauniniu and once again lacking a recognised goal kicker to capitalise on chances that came and went, the Pirates were undone by a second half onslaught by the Chiefs dictated in part by former Pirate fly-half Gareth Steenson. Further tries through Paul McKenzie, Sean Marsden (2), another former Pirate Matt Jess and Tom Bedford sealed the win for Exeter. All the Pirates had to show for their efforts a try by Rhodri McAtee converted by Rhys Jones near the end to spare their blushes.
With the Cornish Pirates set to hold another meeting down in Penzance in the New Year, and with Dicky Evans to be in attendance, it will be interesting to hear what the fans views of the current season are, amongst other topics of interest!