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Bristol v Cornish Pirates

Bristol have to overturn a 21 point deficit in the Championship semi-final playoff against the Cornish Pirates.

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Full Time: Bristol 29 - 18 Cornish Pirates (53-63 agg)

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, Sports reporter

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