CORNISH Pirates ended a run of seven straight losses with a 33-29 win over Chris Stirling’s Yorkshire Carnegie on Sunday.
The Pirates went 7-0 up within a minute of the game starting when AJ Cant gathered a kick through to touch down. Javier Alvarez added the conversion.
The visitors cut the gap with a penalty from former Plymouth Albion full-back Chris Elder before Dylan Donnellan went over for a converted try to put Leeds-based club 8-7 ahead.
Alvarez kicked a penalty to edge the Pirates back in front, but Carnegie came back with a breakaway try from the halfway line by Chinnor-bound Elder. That made it 15-10 to the Yorkshire side.
Alvarez put over another penalty, but just before the break Carnegie added another try after Matt Bolwell was sin-binned. Myles Thoroughgood was the man who got the visitors’ third try, which was converted to put them 22-13 ahead of the break.
The Pirates, though, made a great start to the second period with two quick-fire tries. First Robin Wedlake crossed the whitewash after Tom Duncan intercepted a Carnegie pass and broke.
Two minutes later Dan Frost touched down and, like he had just done with Wedlake’s effort, Will Cargill added the conversion to put his side 27-22 ahead.
Duncan, however, was sin-binned not long later and Carnegie went 29-27 in front when Elijah Niko touched down and Elder converted.
Cargill put the Pirates back in the lead with a penalty on 61 minutes, but then Cant was sin-binned. However, while he was off the hosts extended their lead with another Cargill penalty.
In the dying minutes Carnegie had former Pirates forward Joe Buckle sent off for a strike.