Pirate raid for Emerald reward?
The Big Match
By Beeston Lion
January 6 2019
Next week sees the completion of the first half of the season when Pirates visit Emerald Headingley. They currently occupy the third position in the table amongst a group of four vying for the third and fourth places behind Trailfinders and Irish. As this might be the heights to which Carnegie wish to rise in the second half of the season, the contest will provide further evidence of whether or not this is a viable ambition.
Pirates form this season seems to have been buoyed by recent news regarding plans for the long sought after Stadium For Cornwall which has been approved for a site in Truro and the Pirates name is now included with those quoted as being interested in elevation to the Premiership. Their league position comes from gaining a total of six victories so far this season with third place gained by virtue of a better bonus points accrual than the other three teams in the "mini-group".
There are of course previous links with Pirates for Chris Stirling, who with Harvey Biljon (now at Jersey), formed the coaching team from 2009 to 2013 and the team during that period featured current co-couches Gavin Cattle and Alan Paver at scrum-half and prop respectively. I recall my first visit to The Mennaye and seeing Chris and Harvey occupying their usual position on the scaffold platform down by the trees at the Newlyn end of the ground.
The introduction to this critical phase of the season for Carnegie started brightly with the defeat of the Knights at Castle Park so lets hope we can take the spoils from another clash with historical foes ………………pqs: qs:
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Looks like they have all been on a week off since Donny game, some are back in New Zealand some in Eastern Europe so hopefully back recharged and ready to go,
I was a bit concerned that players had "popped-over" to NZ for the week. Glad that I-k has cleared this up.
Very good defensive effort apart from coughing up the ball 5 metres from our own line to allow them a try but I guess thatís the risk you take.
Tactically I was a bit confused. Lots of box kicking without the commitment in the chase. Hard to see from the stands but maybe the swirling wind was confusing the players.
Looking for positives it was dominance up front and for the backs I think things can only get better when the team has had more time to play together and the wind is not so strong.
Thought early doors we were going to run away with it, pirates got all points from our errors sadly with a lot of great work undone in last 10 minutes, pirates fed off scraps pretty much all game and we gave them limited chances to score tries just daft pens really
Props put in a huge shift and some big hits often sending pirates backwards or unable to get over gainline,
Weather a factor definitely and silly yellow for Josh when they down to 14 as well, 2nd yellow could have been a pen try as they had overlap and could have been seen as stopping certain try, but lots of commitment the front row were immense 4 points and on to the next one
5 points from Donny 6 from Scottish are next targets really donít think itís long before someone gets a hiding
The wind conditions made kicking tricky but overall I think we are now playing in a style that can lead to a consistent high level standard once the teething troubles are overcome.
We made hard work of this match, but rewarding to observe how the both the standard of play and tactics have improved during the season.
Good dummy from temm for the try. He game still has a few handling errors in it though. Big hits from Pete and Niko. Need to get Niko the ball more for me. He is dangerous. Jacob kicked well. Missing doesn't put him off.
Great win though. Well done all.
Mom and best player for me was there hooker. Is he related to the falcons 12?
Quote:And Mike Meyhew - so all the brothers together.Beeston Lion
Ollie Stedman and Stuart Lancaster at match today.
Lads from Rotherham too watching Matt smith
Clearly a lot of confidence now in the squad.
I wouldn't mind seeing Davey having a run out at 10 or 15 either.