In rugby, the Cornish Pirates are hoping to overturn a 16-point deficit when they take on London Welsh in the second leg of the Championship play-off final tonight. The Pirates lost last week's first leg at the Mennaye Field 37-21. Tonight's game takes place at the Kassam Stadium in Oxford.
In rugby, the Cornish Pirates take on London Welsh in the first leg of the Championship play-off tonight. The Pirates play at the Mennaye Field this evening, with the return leg in Oxford next Wednesday.
The Cornish Pirates are through to the final of rugby's Championship play-offs at the expense of Westcountry rivals Bristol. The Pirates lost 29-18 at the Memorial Ground this afternoon but go through 63-53 on aggregate. Bristol trailed 7-10 at half time, Rob Cook scoring a try, landing the conversion and kicking a penalty for the Pirates with Tristan Roberts adding the extras to a Jon Goodridge try for Bristol.
A Roberts penalty and his conversion of Goodridge's second try put Bristol 17-10 up and their hopes at a shot of returning to the Premiership were rising. But a Phil Burgess try stretched the visitors' overall lead again. Bristol never gave up - further touchdowns from George Watkins and Will Helu plus a Matty James conversion made the aggregate scores 60-53 to the Pirates with around three minutes to go. However, with the home crowd urging their side to one last effort, the Pirates were awarded a penalty in front of the posts which Cook slotted to shatter Bristol dreams.
Trina Lake rounds up this afternoon's first half action at the Memorial Stadium:
The Cornish Pirates have one foot in rugby's Championship play-off final as they lead Bristol by 10 points to 7 at half time in their semi-final second leg at the Memorial Stadium. The Pirates are ahead 55-31 on aggregate after outscoring their hosts in the first 40 minutes. A Rob Cook penalty gave them the lead before Bristol hit back with a Jon Goodridge try, converted by Tristan Roberts. But Cook stormed over for a Pirates try which he converted himself, leaving Bristol with a mountain to climb in their bid to return to the Premiership.