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Coventry 16 Cornish Pirates 0 YOG 's Report


Yog At Coventry

By YOG
September 8 2008

Yog travels on the Press Gang bus to report on the latest mission to Coventry, Before the kick off, the Butts bar across from the ground looked more like a Camborne pub on a home game fixture with the number of white, red, black and gold shirts on display.

Coventry 16 Cornish Pirates 0
6th September 2008

By YOG (Mark Curtis)

In recent seasons Coventry away has been a bit of a bogie game for the Pirates, with the last two games seeing the Pirates sneak a win against the run of play. This season Coventry decided that enough was enough, and there wouldn't be any let up to the very end

Saturday was a much anticipated day for both sets of fans. For the Coventry supporters it was their first home game of the season after their much publicised summer troubles (which thankfully they managed to weather), and for the Pirates travelling supporters it was also the first chance for a lot of them to meet up after the enforced summer break.

Despite some absences from the Press Gang coach due to other commitments,
Pirate Bert
just about all the usual suspects from the wider Pirate community managed to make it to the match from all parts of the country,
Dicky & Martin
including one notable attendance from a little further a field (Kenya).

Before the kick off, the Butts bar across from the ground looked more like a Camborne pub on a home game fixture with the number of white, red, black and gold shirts on display.

As one Pirates supporter noted, it took him more than ten minutes to walk from the door to the bar, because of the warmth of the welcome from fellow Pirates fans.

In the ground the pitch looked fairly wet and muddy, which wasn't improved by the start of rain just prior to kick off, and which continued on and off for most of the remainder of the game.

For most of the first half the two teams adopted very different styles of play. The Pirates decided, despite the conditions, that they were going to play a fast paced, fast passing, attacking style of rugby, whilst Coventry opted for a patient build-up, keep it close and counter attack style.

By the end of the first half it had become obvious that Coventry had adopted the better strategy for the conditions.

There seemed to be a number of factors why the Pirates fast paced style of play wasn't working, the wet/muddy conditions, poor ball retention, poor kicking and "interesting" refereeing decisions. I won't say any more about Saturday's officials, because that would only take away from Coventry's win, and come the end there was no doubt that they deserved the win.

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