Richmond 35 Cornish Pirates 32

Saturday 8th April 2017
Greene King IPA Championship Rd 21
The RAG - Richmond Athletic Ground

Phil Westren's Report;

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Playing their penultimate league game in this season’s Greene King IPA Championship, there was ultimate disappointment for the Pirates at a gloriously sunny Richmond Athletic Ground – on two fronts. Firstly, they suffered a second defeat of the season against a spirited Richmond team, whilst the defeat also dashed any hopes of making the play-offs.

For what was clearly an important game, a large gathering of travelling supporters, boosted my many exiles, made their presence heard well before the kick-off. As for the Cornish Pirates selection, there was just one change in the starting XV from the one that featured in the 34-17 points win against Doncaster Knights last time out, as a fit again Tom Channon returned at hooker in place of the injured Jack Innard.

Richmond: 
15 Rob Kirby, 14 Jordan Simpson-Hefft, 13 Cameron Mitchell, 12 Ronnie McLean-Dents (Freddie Gabbitass 78), 11 Jono Woodward, 10 Rory Damant, 9 Sam Stuart
1 Timmy Walford (Jeremy Cunnew 50), 2 Ross Grimstone (Richard Townsend 59)
3 Rupert Harden (Joe Tarrant 65), 4 Chris Davies, 5 Matt Corker (c)
6 Adam Peters (Tom Sargeant 74), 7 Jack Allcock
8 Harry Edwards (Tyler Hotson 78).

Replacement (not used):  Jamie Gibbs.

Yellow card:   Edwards.

Cornish Pirates:   
15 Toby May, 14 Kyle Moyle (Alex O’Meara 66), 13 Tom Hendrickson
12 Nicolas De Battista (Will Cargill 79), 11 Max Bodilly, 10 Laurence May
9 Alex Day; 1 Marlen Walker, 2 Tom Channon, 3 Paul Andrew (Jack Andrew 59)
4 Chris Morgan (c), 5 Brett Beukeboom (Josh Caulfield 59)
6 Jake Parker (John Stevens 66), 7 Dan Lee, 8 Tom Duncan.

Replacements (not used): Luke Chapman, Jack Arnott. 
Yellow card:  Day.

Scorers:-

Richmond
Tries: Walford, McLean-Dents, Woodward, Grimstone, Davies
Conversions: Kirby (5).

Cornish Pirates
Tries: Bodilly, Moyle, Toby May, Beukeboom
Conversions: Laurence May (3)
Penalties: Laurence May (2).

Referee: John Meredith (RFU).

Attendance: 1,191.

Click here for Phil Westren's full report. Will was joined on the phone on Monday's Morning Show by Alan Paver, joint Coach of the Cornish Pirates for a a review of Saturday's match which you can listen to below.