British and Irish Cup: Cornish Pirates begin with 23-10 Connacht win

Cornish Pirates
Cornish Pirates won the inaugural British and Irish Cup in 2010

Cornish Pirates coach Gavin Cattle has hailed his side's defence after they began their British and Irish Cup campaign with a 23-10 win at Connacht.

Sam Simmonds got an opening try for the Pirates before Jordan Conroy got one back for the Eagles as the sides went in level at 10-10 at half time.

But tries from Dan Lee and Jake Parker helped the visitors to second place in their pool behind London Irish.

"I thought we were comfortable in defence," Cattle said.

"They kept the ball for long periods of time, but we were eating up the territory and putting them back towards their 22," Cattle added to BBC Radio Cornwall.

"It's a credit to the bunch we've got, because they stuck to task, put their bodies on the line and got the result."

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