CORNISH Pirates have dropped down to fifth in the Championship table after a frustrating 18-13 defeat to Yorkshire Carnegie at Headingley Stadium on Sunday.
Carnegie, whose director of rugby is former Pirates high performance manager Chris Stirling, took the lead from a maul in the eighth minute, with prop Marc Thomas credited as the try scorer. Jacob Umaga added the conversion to put the hosts 7-0 up.
Javier Rojas Alvarez missed a penalty for the Pirates before Carnegie increased their lead with a try by Elijah Niko.
The visitors did cut the gap when Fiji hooker Sam Matavesi scored an opportunist try in the 34th minute, which Alvarez converted.
And on the stroke of half-time the Pirates reduced the deficit further to 12-10 when Alvarez put over a penalty.
But the second half did not go the Cornish club’s way. Umaga extended the host’s lead with a penalty early on, but he missed a more simple effort 15 minutes later.
Umaga, though, did add a third not long later to move his side two scores in front – an advantage they did not let slip, despite the Pirates’ best efforts.