Comfortable win for Cornish Pirates - Chris Stirling

Andy Short
Andy Short scored after just 21 minutes of his debut after joining on loan

Cornish Pirates boss Chris Stirling described his side's 33-3 British and Irish Cup win over Nottingham at the Mennaye as "comfortable".

Tries from Ben Maidment and debutant Andrew Short gave Pirates a 14-3 lead at half time.

Dave Ward, Tom Cooper and Rob Cook crossed in the second half to secure a place in the semi-finals.

"Comfortable's a good word really because it was comfortable," Stirling told BBC Radio Cornwall.

"At times we were a little too comfortable and I questioned the work rate in the first half.

"At times we got control but slipped back to going through the motions a bit, but in the second half we upped the intensity."

And Stirling, whose side cannot get promoted to the Premiership because their ground does not meet the criteria for top-flight rugby, says he is hoping his side can retain the trophy they first won in 2010.

"We're 160 minutes off winning the British and Irish Cup again, so it's full steam ahead."

The Pirates will either face Welsh side Cross Keys or the 'A' sides of Leinster or Munster in the semi-finals.

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