Cornish Pirates v Bedford Blues

Sunday, 29 November, 2015 - 15:00
1st XV Championship
Lost 32-31

Bedford Blues suffered an agonising defeat at the Mennaye Field on Sunday afternoon as the Cornish Pirates scored a late, late converted try to secure a 32-31 win.

Despite having to dig very deep in the second half, the Blues looked to be heading home with a bonus point win after Pat Tapley, Tom Griffiths, Joel Conlon and Mike Le Bourgeois had all crossed the whitewash with Myles Dorrian converting all four plus a penalty. But the Pirates pressed until the very end and got their reward as Alex Cheeseman scored from close range before Laurence May converted to seal victory.

The game was five minutes old when the Blues took the lead through Tapley who benefited from some patient build up play by the pack to run under the posts with Dorrian adding the extras.

The Pirates - who had the wind behind them in the opening 40 - started to enjoy a lot of possession and they made it count winger Jack Arnott was given space outside to stroll in with May levelling the scores while Sam James was in the sin bin.

The fly half then pushed the hosts ahead with a well struck penalty in the 25th minute, but the Blues were soon back in the lead when George Perkins showed incredible pace before sending the ball to Griffiths to score with Dorrian converting to make it 10-14.

Five minutes from the interval and Bedford went further ahead when a penalty was sent into the Pirates 22. James found his man with the lineout and the pack drove over with Conlon popping up with the ball and Dorrian again converting.

A messy start to the second half allowed the Pirates back into things. Too many penalties in the Blues 22 were punished with Carpenter crossing from the back of a driving maul before Matt Evans took full advantage of an overlap to score. Neither were converted but it was a one point game at 20-21.

From that moment on, Bedford took the game to the Pirates and enjoyed the majority of possession. In the 65th minute a delightful chip was sent over the hosts defence and the ball bounced kindly for Le Bourgeois to latch onto and score the bonus point try with Dorrian sending the conversion straight through.

Three minutes later and Dorrian gave the Blues an 11 point lead as he struck a penalty over the bar to make it 20-31.

But the Pirates weren’t going to give in and they earned a try bonus point of their own when the ball was worked out to Evans for his second which again went unconverted. 

With the clock well beyond 80 minutes, the Pirates earned a penalty and with the final roll of the dice they took the tap-and-go before surging towards the uprights. After knocking on the door, the ball came to Cheeseman who went over and May completed the comeback with his only conversion of the second half which secured the win and moved the Pirates off the foot of the table while the Blues remain fourth.

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Friday 23rd August
1st XV Pre Season
Goldington Road



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