Cornish Pirates 17-11 Nottingham Rugby
Nottingham Rugby fought hard to secure a losing bonus point
against the Cornish Pirates.
In a match that was there for the taking, Nottingham struggled
to take the chances that came their way while Pirates scored three
A scrappy second half saw Nottingham awarded 11 penalties to the
Pirates' 0 but the majority of them were in the wrong part of the
pitch. Playing against 13 men, the Green and Whites
eventually scored a push over try through Will Skuse, but it was
too little too late.
The bonus points means they are now two points ahead of
Full Match Report by Andi Starr
Winger Kyle Moyle ran in two tries for Cornish Pirates as they
sentenced Nottingham to yet another defeat.
The Green and Whites did manage a precious losing bonus point
though as they went down 17-11 at The Mennaye.
It was another disappointing game, with far too many mistakes,
marred by a string of yellow cards that led to uncontested scrums
in the late stages.
As that was the one area of the game Nottingham had dominated it
hampered their hopes of a comeback having conceded three tries to
trail 17-6 at that stage.
But they did manage to drive over the home line late in the
game, Will Skuse touching down for an unconverted try to secure
that bonus point.
A particular disappointment was that, having started well and
taken the lead with a Matt Jarvis penalty, they set up a position
from which they could well have scored, only for an interception to
gift Pirates seven points.
That good start saw Nottingham put the home side under pressure,
Jarvis missing one penalty chance before opening the scoring with
But as they looked to make that early pressure count Moyle
intercepted a loose pass and raced almost the length of the pitch
for a try, which Kieran Hallett converted for a 7-3 lead.
A grubber kick from Hallett then sent Craig Holland in for a try
to make it 12-3 at the break.
A strong scrum early in the second half brought a penalty for
Jarvis to cut the deficit before Moyle grabbed his second of the
game to make it 17-6 midway through the second half.
But the yellow cards changed the whole nature of the game.
First it was Rupert Cooper and Pirates skipper Darren Barry who
were sent to the sin-bin for fighting.
Then Pirates had Jack Andrew and Aaron Carpenter binned in the
dying minutes amid strong claims for a Nottingham penalty try.
Hard as Nottingham fought to make their numerical advantage
count they found the home defence if anything even more
Finally though Skuse got over the line to clinch the
all-important bonus point.