Playing the match under Friday night floodlights at the Mennaye Field, a close and hard-fought contest was expected, remembering that the Pirates narrowly lost 22-19 at Penryn’s Memorial Ground at the end of October, writes Phil Westren.

With a large crowd in support, playing some fine rugby the Pirates built a comfortable 37-7 lead in the first half. However, in the second forty it was a different picture, as the visitors fought back admirably and went close to causing an upset.

Tries for the ‘Ams’ were scored by Ben Taylor, Neil Stanleick, Sam Carter, Callum Gardner, skipper Tom Nicholas, Rhodri McAtee, and Sam Coogan, with Rhys Brownfield landing four conversions and two penalties. Man of the match was Tom Hutton.

Commenting after the game, Pirates Amateurs’ head coach Murray Westren said: "It was a very entertaining game for a bumper crowd on a really enjoyable Friday night. The atmosphere under lights was brilliant and the rugby followed suit.

"Our first half performance was excellent, when we scored some really good tries. However, in the second half we could have managed things a lot better and put ourselves under too much pressure.

"We pleasingly managed to hold on till the end, but full credit to Penryn for their comeback."

The Pirates Amateurs are next in action away to Bude on Saturday week, the 11th February.

The ‘Ams’ emerged convincing 52-21 winners at the Mennaye Field last November but a much closer game is expected at Bude’s Bencoolen Meadow ground.