MATCH REPORT V CORNISH PIRATES

Bedford Blues suffered a Championship defeat in west Cornwall as the Pirates ran in nine tries at the Mennaye Field on Sunday write the Bedford Times and Citizen.

Pirates got off to a brilliant start gaining four tries and securing the bonus point inside the first 35 minutes as Bedford Blues struggled to put points on the scoreboard. 

Exeter Chiefs Academy full-back Max Bodilly grabbed the first for the home side after spotting a gap in Bedford's defence; scrum-half Tom Kessell - making his 100th appearance for the Pirates - notched the second off the back of a five-metre scrum; and some lovely inter-passing provided further tries for winger Kieran Goss and centre Alex Dancer.

Hallett converted all four along with two successful penalties, giving Pirates a confident 34-0 lead at the break. 

Bedford started the second half raring to go and ready to set the first half score straight, but a period of sustained pressure on the home line saw Goss intercept a pass and run 95 metres to score his second try of the game.

Blues’ director of rugby Mike Rayer brought on all seven replacements in the space of four minutes, and the Pirates lost hooker Rob Elloway to a yellow card for persistent infringement, leading to uncontested scrums for 10 minutes.

Winger Craig Holland scored Pirates’ sixth try, improved by Hallett, sandwiched in between two for Bedford, through Ollie Dodge, and skipper Paul Tupai from a catch-and-drive, with both converted by fly-half Jake Sharp, to leave the Blues 46-14 down but still fighting hard for a comeback. 

However, Pirates’ replacements Rheon James, Stuart Townsend and Laurence May all added further touchdowns, with two converted by Hallett, securing a strong win for the homeside. 

Cornish Pirates: M Bodilly, K Goss (L May 67), T Riley (R James 67), A Dancer, C Holland, K Hallett, T Kessell (S Townsend 62), P Andrew (J Andrew 60), T Channon (R Elloway 50), A Paver, W Carrick Smith (W Graulich 67), D Barry (W Graulich 60-62), C Morgan (capt), J Atkinson, M Bolwell (J Conlon 62).

Tries: Bodilly, Kessell, Goss (2), Dancer, Holland, James, Townsend, May; Cons: Hallett (7); Pens: Hallett (2).

Bedford Blues: J Wigglesworth, P Tapley, O Dodge, V Hakalo, D Adamson (H Staff 50), J Sharp, D Veenendaal (P White 53), C Parilli-Ocampo (T Williams 50), C Clare (TJ Harris 53), P Boulton, M Howard, B Gulliver (H Wells 50), P Tupai (capt), J Buggea (J Blanchet 53), J Vandermolen (H Thompson-Stringer 50).

Tries: Dodge, Tupai; Cons: Sharp (2).

Yellow card: Pirates: Elloway 54.

Referee: Simon Harding (RFU).

Attendance: 1,087.

Pics courtesy and copyright of Brian Tempest

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