The London Irish skills coach Paul Hodgson was all praise for the determination put up by the Cornish Pirates against the Irish side.Theyhad a hard fought victory and won the rugby clash at Penzance with a score of 35-24.In the process, the Irish team earned a bonus point victory.
The Exiles are in top form of late and has moved to the top of the table with a 7 point gap over second placed Yorkshire Carnegie. Benn Franks, the All Blacks World Cup winner and Exiles skipper, was the player of the game and secured maximum points after completing five tries.
The Pirates put up a valiant show despite Exiles earning a bonus point victory. Hodgson was quick to acknowledge that the clash with the Pirates was the toughest rugby clash that Irish team had encountered this season. This game showed that Pirates are serious contenders and are a tough team to beat – with Hodgson saying that they reminded him of the courageous Welsh team, with their ability to counter quickly (get tickets to see the real Welsh team in action through this link).
Hodgson said to the media that the Irish team was expecting a good fight from the Cornish Pirates team and this is what they got on the match day. The team was aware that the playing conditions would be tough and the Irish team was well-prepared for this away rugby game. He believed that the Exiles’ put up a very good showing in the second half and were able to win the game.
He said that the team was fully focused in training and the build-up to this exciting clash.They were not complacent at all. The Pirates have a very strong coach and a few players are there in their ranks ready to fight tooth and nail to win a game. They also work very well as a team and have great camaraderie.
The Exiles will now be returning home to clash with Jersey Reds on Sunday, the 27th November 2016.