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. Cook also added three penalties and a conversion in tricky kicking conditions.

Newport who made a real game of it also managed three tries with winger Mike Poole scoring in either half and skipper No.8 Andrew Coombs scoring in the final move of the match.

Fly-half Chris Wannell kicked a first half penalty for the Black & Ambers and replacement Dan Griffiths converted the final try of the match.

A good crowd of 3,650 were treated to an exciting game of rugby and now await the draw for the semi-final.

Down in St. Ives, Devon retained the Tamar Cup with a 20-16 win over Cornwall.

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