Cornish Pirates
2012/2013 British & Irish Cup
Pirates 27 v 9 Swansea
09 December 2012 - Mennaye Field, Penzance

Match Report

Cornish Pirates 27 Swansea 9



Swansea’s hopes of qualifying for the latter stages of the British and Irish Cup suffered a major setback in Cornwall as the Pirates comfortably beat the All Whites 27-9 in a largely scrappy affair.


It was almost the perfect start for the Pirates when their forwards mauled up to the line with David Lyons and James Tyas linking up well in midfield, only for winger JJ Kilmartin to lose the ball forward on the wing.


Whites fly half Sam Davies then made a break through the middle but his floated pass didn’t go to hand and the forwards were driven off the ball. The visitors got the first points when Pirates prop Ryan Storer was penalised for holding onto possession after the tackle – Davies kicked a penalty goal.


The home scrum was dominant throughout the match and it was thanks to a collapsed scrum that Kieran Hallett tied the scores at three apiece. A well weighted kick to the corner by Davies was taken by winger Liam Price but the Pirates defence killed the ball. Davies made them pay with a successful penalty.


Pirates were again back on level terms when offside at the ruck by the Whites’ forwards gifted Hallett three points. The fly half had another penalty chance moments later when the Pirates scrum drove Swansea 10 metres backwards, but he scuffed his effort wide.


Swansea hooker Paul John was sin-binned for entering a maul offside and this time Hallett converted the penalty. The Pirates scored their opening try four minutes into injury time when flanker Joe Buckle was driven over from an unstoppable maul. Hallett converted.


Half-time:-   Cornish Pirates   16   Swansea   6


The home side should have added a second try immediately after the restart when centre Sam Hill made a break up to the twenty-two with Buckle and Hallett in support, only for them to be penalised for obstruction.


A break down the wing by Kilmartin set up another attack but Tom Bedford dropped what would have been a try scoring pass. Hallett then extended his side’s lead with a penalty goal after the Whites collapsed another scrum.


A powerful run by flanker Rob Dudley-Jones sparked an attack for the visitors and he was supported by Dan Baker before the Pirates were caught offside at the ruck. Davies successfully kicked the penalty.


Davies missed a drop goal attempt mid way through the second half and the Pirates hit back when Ben Mercer and Kyle Marriott drove through the middle before a Wes Davies break forced the Whites’ defence offside in midfield. Hallett converted the resulting penalty.


Yet another huge scrum by the Pirates sent the Whites backwards and this time Hallett spurned an easy three points to chip to the corner. The home side took a routine lineout and patiently went through three phases before replacement flanker Laurie McGlone crashed over for a try from close range.


Full time:-   Cornish Pirates   27   Swansea   9


Referee:-   Greg MacDonald

Weather:-   Cloudy, 9C


Man of the match:-   Joe Buckle


Cornish Pirates scorers:


Tries:-   Buckle (40+4), McGlone (74)

Cons:-   Hallett (40+5)

Pens:-   Hallett (23, 30, 39, 48, 66)


Swansea scorers:


Pens:-   Davies (21, 28, 58)


Y cards:-   John (39)


Cornish Pirates team:

15 Wes Davies

14 JJ Kilmartin

13 Tom Bedford (rep: Alex Cheesman 60)

12 Sam Hill

11 Ben Mercer

10 Keiron Hallett

9 Tom Kessell (rep: Gavin Cattle 60)

1 Kyle Marriott (rep: Paul Andrew 46)

2 Joe Buckle (rep: Darren Semmens 77)

3 James Tyas (rep: Alan Paver 66)

4 Darren Barry

5 David Lyons

6 Peter Joyce (rep: Laurie McGlone 64)

7 Rob Elloway

8 Ryan Storer (rep: Owen Hombly 74)




16 Paul Andrew

17 Darren Semmens

18 Alan Paver

19 Laurie McGlone

20 Owen Hombly

21 Gavin Cattle

22 Alex Cheesman


Swansea team:

15 Rhys Williams

14 Nicky Harwood

13 Aled Jenkins

12 Ben Roberts (rep: Nathan Brooks)

11 Liam Price

10 Sam Davies

9 Jake Cole (rep: Aled Lewis 74)

1 Nicky Smith (rep: Aled Mason 66)

2 Paul John (rep: Ieuan Dobbs 70)

3 Ian Williams

4 Sam Kiley (rep: Ben Fox 70)

5 Rhodri Hughes

6 Rob Dudley-Jones (rep: James McKenna 74)

7 James Bija

8 Dan Baker


16 Ieuan Dobbs

17 Aled Mason

18 Nicky Thomas

19 Ben Fox

20 James McKenna

21 Aled Lewis

22 Nathan Brooks

Attendance: 1356

Official : Greg MacDonald (England)

Pirates Swansea