THE Pirates Amateurs were in action against Tavistock on Saturday and took the opportunity to showcase their home-grown talent. 

Playing match number five in this season’s Counties 1 Tribute Western West league, and with a selection of 17 out of 18 in their match-day squad who came through the Pirates mini-junior section, the Pirates Amateurs won this thriller of a contest at the Mennaye Field.

Falmouth Packet: Try-scorer Ethan Wetherell is pictured in full flight.Try-scorer Ethan Wetherell is pictured in full flight. (Image: Brian Tempest)

The visiting ‘Moorlanders’ proved competitive and able opponents, with influential scrum-half George Hillson always a threat as part of a lively backline. However, pack power served the Pirates well and, despite some loose tackling from the team near the end, they held out for victory.

Falmouth Packet: Prop Ben Taylor scored four tries in the match.Prop Ben Taylor scored four tries in the match. (Image: Brian Tempest)

Powerful prop Ben Taylor scored four tries for the home side, whilst there was one apiece for full-back Ben Wragg and replacement Ethan Wetherell. Fly-half Dan-Rhys Evans also continued his good form by slotting three conversions and a penalty.

Falmouth Packet: Fly-half Dan-Rhys Evans was once again in fine kicking form.Fly-half Dan-Rhys Evans was once again in fine kicking form. (Image: Brian Tempest)

Speaking after the game, head coach Murray Westren said: "It was an entertaining game with Tavistock having a really sharp and pacey backline that caused us problems.

Falmouth Packet: Pirates Amateurs' head coach Murray Westren.Pirates Amateurs' head coach Murray Westren. (Image: Brian Tempest)

“Pleasing for us was to see the forwards use their male dominance to score some tries and also give us a good platform in the scrum.”

"Overall, I was pleased with the win and glad that the crowd got to enjoy an entertaining game of rugby at the Mennaye!"

Final score: Pirates Amateurs 39 - 36 Tavistock