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London Scottish V Pirates
Pirate15 (IP Logged)
13 April, 2019 13:16
AJ Can, Alex O'Meara and Callum Patterson return to the back line and Dan Lees starts in the forwards for the game away to London Scottish.
15 AJ Cant 14 Robin Wedlake 13 Rory Parata 12 Callum Patterson 11 Alex O'Meara
10 Javier Rojas Alvarez 9 Alex Schwarz
1 Marlen Walker 2 Dan Frost 3 Jack Owlett 4 Toby Freeman 5 Brett Beukeboom (c)
6 Dan Lee 7 Matt Bolwell 8 Tom Duncan
16 Jack Andrew 17 Tom Concu 18 Danny Cutmore 19 John Stevens 20 Alex Day
21 Will Cargill 22 Dan Koster

Re: London Scottish V Pirates
Pirate15 (IP Logged)
13 April, 2019 16:55
London Scottish 26 Pirates 22
The Pirates started the game brightly and were leading 12-0 but when Brett Beukeboom was sinned bin we conceded 19 points in a 15 minute spell either side of half time. We then managed to regroup and take the lead with a penalty.As we applied pressure in the Scottish 22 twice we were turned over 5M from their line and on the 2nd occasion they broke clear and went the length of the field to score under the posts.A very disappointing performance from the Pirates as our set piece again lacked accuracy in our opponents 22.
Our season has fallen apart since January with only 2 league wins to our name, there is no lack of effort but we seem to lose our way at critical times in the game.

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MullionPirate (IP Logged)
13 April, 2019 17:40
Just leaving the RAG after yet another frustrating performance. This was definitely a game we should have won against a modest LS side. We were cruising at 0-12 until some ill discipline and yellow card contributed to Pirates losing focus. This was then compounded by a string of penalties against us. To the boys credit, they got back into the game after conceding 19 unanswered points, but a failure to finish off 3 chances on the LS try line was ultimately costly. In the 75th minute, an overthrown lineout on their 22 was brilliantly finished off for the winning try. A terribly disappointing result and Gav was visibly shocked at the end.

Since the opening 4 wins, we have only won 4 if the next 16 and some of those defeats have been abject, especially away from home. As Pirate15 says, there is no lack of effort, but it's hard to escape the fact we are not as good a side as we think we are. A lack of confidence, quality and discipline is really hurting us at the moment. I cant see another win this season.

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old prop steve (IP Logged)
13 April, 2019 19:56
Apart from the final result I thought it was quite an entertaining and enjoyable match but somehow the lads seem yet again to have not been sufficiently coached to finish off all the hard work they have put in. Hauling back a deficit to take a 22-19 lead was a great effort only to blow it.
There were quite a few mistakes by both teams but quite a few positives too - AJ Cant was a great improvement at fullback, Dan Frost worked his socks off and being the only fit hooker had to go the distance and for the first hour the set piece went well.

Also Tom Duncan totally outshone our magnificent old nemesis Mark Bright who at last is beginnng to look his age - he seems to have been stuck at 39 for about a decade!

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cheshire exile (IP Logged)
14 April, 2019 11:41
We’be forgotten how to win. This is the same London Scottish who failed to score a po8nt at the Mennaye at the end of last year.
Very disappointing. How many games have we lost to a late score, particularly away from home?

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Jolly Woodhouse (IP Logged)
14 April, 2019 13:16
Oh, dear, another last minute try to ruin earlier efforts
The glory days of Twickenham and (nearly)Sixways seem a long way away. Difficult to be a Jolly Roger these days
Good points- the Scottish piper playing Trelawny at the beginning (changed his tune later)
Performance of Joe Atkinson -- ow, he was playing for the opposition unfortunately!

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welshpirate (IP Logged)
14 April, 2019 14:15
A rare away game for me yesterday. I thought we played pretty well compared to recently. The line out was very good until the end, with several steals of their line out along the way. Our hooker, Frost was the MoM in my opinion. He was everywhere, in fact a LS fan said the same without prompting. AJ Cant at fullback was also excellent. In fact our main failing was the inability to turn pressure, in the red zone, into points. We did this really well at the start of the reason. And LS, although spirited, were modest opposition really. We needed more patience and precision in the final quarter of the pitch-it wasn't there. Going forward to next season , and this is easy to say, we need more grunt, abrasion and know-how from somewhere . Quick players, weaving pretty patterns on the pitch just isn't going to do it for us either, as yesterday showed. Fans are pretty disillusioned and I don't blame them, good job that we are a loyal lot. Just think what the posts would be like if we were a football team!

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Pirate15 (IP Logged)
14 April, 2019 14:22
Its difficult trying to find something to be cheerful about after yet another disappointing narrow loss but one look at the bonus point column does give us reason to be positive. At present we top the table with 18 bonus points, 11 four try and 7 losing bonus points. It shows that as well as scoring tries, we have been competitive in most matches losing a third of our games by one score or less.
Its been clear to the supporters and no doubt our coaches where our problems lie and the need for improvement.Hopefully with a few targeted quality replacements to build on the retention of the majority of our squad we can turn those small margins around and increase our win/loss ratio next season.

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Eastanglianpirate (IP Logged)
14 April, 2019 16:09
That was so very dissapointing yesterday. We were playing some sublime rugby for the first 30 minutes, we should have been 4 tries up by half time on basis of all the territory we had. Then we eased off , started to lose the ball , they picked up all credit to them. Then we got back in front again later on in the second half and started to dominate territory only for that late Scottish try. None of us knew how Pirates had lost - we were shocked at the final whistle and you could see that the Pirates players were furious with themselves - but it was those 15 on the pitch who blew it. I fear for the final two matches of the season , we could end up a lowly 7th unless they can pull themselves together.

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MullionPirate (IP Logged)
14 April, 2019 21:09
....but of course all those bonus points tell story too... too many tight games lost.... apart from donny at home, I think we've lost every game where the scoreline has been tight. The 4 try BPs have really dried up (last one at Richmond?). A telling stat is that each of the top 4 have beaten us home and away. We've only beaten the bottom two sides home and away, and thank goodness we haven't played them recently! If YC beat us next weak, then 8th place is very likely - who would have thought that at Xmas?? I'm sure the coaches and management team have reviewed the season and will learn some valuable lessons. Recruitment needs to be better I think as only a few of this season's new faces have made a strong impact IMO.

Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 14/04/2019 21:30 by MullionPirate.

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