Cornish Pirates 16 London Irish 17

Sunday 18th December 2016
British & Irish Cup Rd 4
Mennaye Field Penzance

Phil Westren's Report

Cornish Pirates went oh so close to winning this competitively fought encounter and it was a somewhat relieved London Irish who departed the Mennaye Field with their season’s unbeaten record still intact.

Having previously lost two close matches against ‘Irish’ – at home in the Championship and away in the British & Irish Cup the previous weekend - the Pirates arrived at this game keen to learn from those encounters.

There were once again a number of changes in their side, including the selection of Max Bodilly at outside centre. Dual-registered with Exeter Chiefs, it was the first time he has worn the Pirates colours this season, having previously made 42 appearances for the club.

With a blend of purple and red about the ground – the purple ‘Tribute’ beanies given out by match day sponsor St. Austell Brewery, and the red inevitably Santa hats – this match kicked off in unseasonably mild and calm rugby conditions.

You can read Phil's full match report by clicking the link below.

Will was joined on the phone by Nick George for a review of yesterday's match on The Morning Show, which you can hear below.