Phil Westren's Report
Friday 10th March 2017
British & Irish Cup Quarter Final
The outcome of this game was natural disappointment for the Cornish Pirates, as under Friday floodlights at Jersey’s Rue des Landes ground they bowed out at the quarter-final stage of this season’s British & Irish Cup.
Having lost 7-5 to Jersey Reds at home in the Championship just five days earlier, the Pirates knew in advance that they would need to get a foothold in the game and strive to get parity or even better if they were to succeed. Sadly, they didn’t, and falling short of hopes and expectations it helped the home side to book a semi-final Cup spot for a second season running.
This game went ahead only after early fog had thankfully lifted to enable the Pirates and the match officials to land on their scheduled flights, and come kick-off conditions were actually all but perfect for the Jersey club to host what was a prestigious occasion in its history.
The Pirates selection showed five changes in their starting XV from the one that ran out against the Reds the previous weekend. In the backs, Bar Bartlett and Nicolas De Battista formed the centre partnership, with Will Cargill slotting in at fly-half. As for the forwards, Jack Andrew was named at tight-head prop in place of his brother Paul, and Brett Beukeboom made a return from international duty with Canada to form a second-row partnership alongside Jake Parker. At scrum-half, Alex Day was about to make his 50th appearance for the club.
15 Jack Cuthbert, 14 George Watkins, 13 Jordan Davies, 12 Kuki Ma’afu, 11 Nick Scott, 10 Callum Sheedy (Lewis Robling 55), 9 Joel Dudley (Sami Fisilau 66); 1 Jake Woolmore (Mark Tampin 69), 2 Jack Macfarlane (Nick Selway 64), 3 Simon Kerrod (Jake Armstrong 56), 4 Pierce Phillips, 5 James Voss (Uili Kolo'ofa'l 61), 6 James Freeman (c), 7 Gary Graham (Max Argyle 61), 8 Nick Haining.
15 Toby May, 14 Alex O’Meara (Jack Arnott 61), 13 Nicolas De Battista, 12 Bar Bartlett, 11 Kyle Moyle, 10 Will Cargill (Laurence May 48), 9 Alex Day (Mike Pope 48); 1 Marlen Walker (Luke Chapman 61), 2 Jack Innard, 3 Jack Andrew (Paul Andrew 29), 4 Jake Parker, 5 Brett Beukeboom, 6 Alex Cheesman (Alan Paver 69), 7 John Stevens (Dan Lee h/t), 8 Tom Duncan (c).
Jersey Reds – tries: Scott, penalty try, Dudley, Fisilau; cons: Sheedy, Robling; pens: Sheedy (3), Robling.
Cornish Pirates – Tries: Duncan, Andrew; Cons: Laurence May (2); pens: Cargill (2).
Referee: Jack Makepeace (RFU)
Click here to read Phil Westren's full report. Will was joined on the phone by Nick George for a full review of the match, which you can hear below.