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Defeat at Mennaye Fields for Albion

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Photography courtesy of Brian Tempest

Cornish Pirates ran out 45-5 winners over Plymouth Albion at the Mennaye Fields during pre-season on Saturday.

Pirates took an early lead after an excellent switch from left to right, Jack Andrew driving over for the hosts before a difficult conversion was sent just off target.

Morgan Nelson then went over seven minutes later after a strong driving maul from the Pirates, with Tom Pittman slotting the extras.

Pirates were then awarded a penalty try after a strong driving maul, with Tom Cowan-Dickie picking up a yellow card.

Albion ended the half strong with some useful possession, some hard work at the breakdown, but Pirates’ defensive set did well to repel the threat.

However, the hosts added more to their tally early in the second half from another driving maul which led to another penalty try and a yellow card for Callum Davies.

Arthur Relton ran over 20 minutes from time to take the score to 31-0, before Matt McNab grabbed the Pirates’ sixth try of the afternoon following some neat work on the right wing.

McNab travelled over the whitewash again a few minutes later, but Albion got themselves on the board through Craig Duncan following some dogged work around the Pirates 22.


Cornish Pirates:

Jack Andrew, Morgan Nelson, Marlen Walker, Cory Teague, Will Britton, Ben Grubb, Will Gibson, John Stevens, Ruaridh Dawson, Tom Pittman, Will Trewin, Joe Elderkin, Ioan Evans, Arthur Relton, Kyle Moyle

Replacements: Rhys Williams, Lefty Zigiriadis, Fin Richardson, Josh Williams, Harry Dugmore, Alex Schwarz, Iwan Jenkins, Dan John, Matt McNab, Frankie Nowell, Jordan Gott


Ramaz Rukhadze, Tom Cowan-Dickie, Callum Davies, Dan Collier, Brad Howe, Angus Hodges, Torin Clarke, Sam Daly, Jack Oulton, Phil Jones, Kyle Speare, Archie Hill, Seta Raumakita, Shea Cornish, Tom Putt

Replacements: Harry Wilkinson, Jenson Boughton, Gabe Mead, Jack Wickham, Morgan Stone, Pita Ratukadru, Craig Duncan, Billy Orchard, Charlie Groves

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