Paver fury as Pi­rates let slip big lead for sec­ond week

The Rugby Paper - - News - ■ By MIKE SIN­CLAIR

PI­RATES and Bed­ford de­lighted the fans by shar­ing 80 points in a 12-try end-of-sea­son ex­trav­a­ganza – but Alan Paver, the Cor­nish side’s co-coach, was far from happy.

A week af­ter Pi­rates squan­dered their Cham­pi­onship play-off hopes by blow­ing a 13-point lead at Rich­mond, Paver’s side let a 21-point ad­van­tage slip and he stormed: “That’s the an­gri­est I’ve been sit­ting in a dug-out.

“Watch­ing us again be in full con­trol of a game and not to learn any lessons from the sea­son – and es­pe­cially from last week – is pretty dis­ap­point­ing.

“If we’d have tried some­thing dif­fer­ent I could have come to terms with that but it came down again to our de­ci­sions, penal­ties, yel­low cards, in­abil­ity to com­plete de­fen­sive sets – so frus­trat­ing.”

The Pi­rates went 35-14 ahead when skip­per Tom Dun­can com­pleted his touch­down hat-trick three min­utes into the sec­ond half but Bed­ford stormed back with four ex­cel­lent sec­ond-half tries as both sides took three points.

Their ex-Pi­rates cen­tre Myles Dor­rian, head­ing home to Aus­tralia af­ter 11 years in Eng­land, grabbed two of them.

Dor­rian fin­ished a bril­liant high-speed move, started by Michael Le Bour­geois and El­liot Cle­ment-Hill, and then popped over the drop-goal con­ver­sion to com­plete a dream fi­nale.

He said: “It was quite an emo­tional time and a good way to fin­ish.”

Bed­ford struck first with a li­ne­out drive tak­ing hooker Dan Ge­orge over but Pi­rates pun­ished their er­rors to take con­trol.

Cle­ment-Hill’s clear­ance kick was charged down and the Cor­nish side levelled when Dun­can drove over from close range.

Then a mis­di­rected li­ne­out throw by Ge­orge put Pi­rates on the of­fen­sive again. Dun­can was held up but scrum-half Alex Day squeezed over.

Flanker Jake Parker then slot­ted a grub­ber kick for Jack Arnott to score in the cor­ner, Ge­orge grabbed his sec­ond for Bed­ford and in­dus­tri­ous prop Jack An­drew popped the ball up for Dun­can’s sec­ond be­fore half-time.

Af­ter Dun­can’s third, Bed­ford re­tal­i­ated with tries from re­place­ment Josh Buggea and Dor­rian.

Re­place­ment winger Alex O’Meara looked to have set­tled the is­sue with his 69th-minute try but Bed­ford came again with two stun­ning late scores.

Cle­ment-Hill split the Pi­rates with a 60-me­tre di­ag­o­nal run to put Piers O’Conor over and Dor­rian had the fi­nal say.

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