Pirates Ams 41 – 3 OPM

THE Amateurs maintained second place in the table and their unbeaten start to the season with a sixth successive league victory.

They didn’t have things all their own way though as they were worked hard by a depleted Old Boys side, particularly in the first half before running out of steam in the second period when the visitors’ superior fitness levels and pace proved too much for the home side to cope with.

The Amateurs played up a deceptive slope in the first half and found it difficult to settle as the Old Boys started brightly.

However, with the visiting defence holding firm, some good handling from Trev Dugdale and Steve Evans created an opening for hooker Danny Toolan to cross in the corner for the opening score on 21 minutes, with Rhys Brownfield’s conversion attempt blown just wide in the wind.

OPMs responded with a penalty kicked by Gavin Rea and the Amateurs held onto their two-point advantage until a two-try burst just before the interval saw Toolan show good strength to dive over for another unconverted try. And almost immediately from the kick-off, Evans and Josh Semmens set up Brownfield for a try, with his touchline conversion this time hitting the upright, making the half-time score 15-3.

The second half was a very different story, with the Old Boys rarely threatening and having no answer to the Amateurs’ pace and power.

After going close when a superb handling move involving the forwards and backs saw the ball spilled on the line, the Amateurs made no such mistake after 48 minutes when Dugdale crossed for a try which Brownfield converted.

Further scores followed for Jack Nicholas (57) and the outstanding Ryan Stanley (64), before Sam Skinner, who impressed in the front row after coming on as a replacement, hurtled over the line under the posts. Brownfield again added the extra two points.

There was to be no further scoring but the visitors could be well satisfied with an impressive second half display, which saw some outstanding performances from the likes of second row Dave Law, No8 Tom Somers and skipper Craig Stevens.

Dugdale and Evans controlled the game for large spells while hooker Toolan took his try tally to 10 from six matches.

This Saturday the Amateurs are at home to sixth-place Paignton (3pm).

Pirates Amateurs: J Trezise, S Kent, R Brownfield, J Semmens, N Hichens, S Evans, T Dugdale, T Somers, C Stevens (c), B Brittain, L Edwards, D Law, R Stanley, D Toolan, K Brownfield. Reps (all used): S Skinner, L Hollis, J Nicholas.

The Amateurs 2nd XV were beaten 45-5 by a strong Redruth side including former Pirates Luke Collins and Peter Joyce at the Mennaye Nurseries on Saturday.