Championship: Cornish Pirates 16-10 Jersey

Jersey v Cornish Pirates
Jersey beat Cornish Pirates 17-15 at St Peter back in September

Cornish Pirates claimed their fifth win of the season as a second half defensive effort thwarted a Jersey comeback in the Mennaye Field mud.

Captain Aaron Carpenter gave Pirates an early lead, with Laurence May adding a conversion and three penalties.

Aaron Penberthy replied with a penalty as the hosts led 16-3 at half-time.

The Islanders dominated the second half but Pirates held on despite Uili Kolo'ofa'i scoring a converted try within minutes of the restart.

Jersey piled on the pressure and Pirates wing Matt Evans was sin-binned for a deliberate knock-on, denying Tom Howe a second Jersey try.

In a frantic finale the Pirates defence repelled an onslaught of driving mauls, hanging on to claim a victory which moves them up to ninth in the Championship table, with Jersey sixth.

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