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Friday 23 February 2018

Pirates sink Leinster 'A'

Cornish Pirates 43
Leinster 'A' 12

LEINSTER 'A' suffered the first defeat of their British & Irish Cup campaign when they fell to Cornish Pirates in yesterday's third-round clash at Mennaye Field.

In the only match in the competition to beat the big freeze, the hosts raced into an early lead after a Tyrone Holmes try was converted by Johnny Bentley and the impressive back-row got on the try list again with a well worked move involving Drew Locke moments later.

Bentley once again added the extras before slotting over an 18th-minute penalty to make it 17-0.

The deficit injected life into Leinster and their hard work was rewarded through a try from centre Noel Reid. The hosts responded strongly, however, and secured three further tries before the interval through Wes Davies, Rhodri McAtee and Tom Luke.

The visitors fought back bravely in the second half and, despite a Pirates penalty try, their efforts were rewarded through sub Michael Keating's try at the death -- a breakaway effort where he ran almost the length of the field -- which was converted by Ian McKinley .

CORNISH PIRATES -- G Pointer; W Davies, D Locke, T Luke, R McAtee; J Bentley, J Doherty; B Cowan, T Holmes, C Morgan (capt); B Gulliver, M Myerscough; J Currie, R Elloway, A Paver.

LEINSTER -- N Morris; D Hudson (M Keating, 65), B Macken, N Reid, A Conway; I Madigan (I McKinley 48), P O'Donohoe (J Cooney 72); J McGrath, A Dundon (T Sexton 70), S Maguire (S Shawe, 65); M Galarza (M Flanagan, ht), E O'Donoghue; E Sheriff, J Murphy, S Keogh (B Marshall, 49).

REF -- T Hall (England)

Irish Independent

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