Pirates yet to hit top form, says Jack

Pirates yet to hit top form, says Jack

Jack Andrew (centre)

24th March 2021

By Gareth Davies

Pack star Jack Andrew feels there is more to come from his Cornish Pirates side after they defeated Bedford Blues 27-12 to record a third consecutive Championship win at the Mennaye on Sunday.

Experienced campaigner Andrew, who played for both St Austell and Truro as a youngster and now lives in Probus, came off the bench for the final 20 minutes of an error-strewn clash.

A brace of tries from Marlen Walker, along with single scores from Robin Wedlake, Josh Caulfield and Dan Frost were enough for victory.

The win, which sees Andrew and his side remain just a point and a place behind Championship leaders Ealing Trailfinders did come at a cost with fly-half Luke Scully suffering a suspected dislocated shoulder in the second period.

“It was good to get the win and we know there are parts of the performance that we can improve,” Andrew told the Voice at full-time.

“Bedford are a good team and they play the ball from anywhere so to come away with five points is always nice – we just miss the crowd.

“With the start we had I would have taken (another win) because we have played some good teams. Richmond is a tough place to go; Bedford are always tough and to begin with we had Saracens so to have three from three makes it a really good start from us.

“We had a number of chances in their 22 where we didn’t come away with any points and we were a bit disappointed with our accuracy. If we can be a bit more accurate, especially close to opposition lines, we should come away with some more points.”

Next up for the Pirates is a trip to South Yorkshire this coming Saturday when they will lock horns with Doncaster Knights – another unbeaten team so far this term.

Andrew is relishing the prospect of taking on Steve Boden’s side and he feels that if the Pirates improve, they can bring another win back home.

“It is a long trip – the longest one for us this season,” he added. “They are a new team really with lots of changes to their playing squad so it will be exciting to go up there.

“We have played well there over the last few years, so we are hoping to go up there, improve on our performances and come away with a good win.”

The 30-year-old, who has also played for Exeter Chiefs, Plymouth Albion and the Cornish All Blacks, also reflected on the season so far after so long without any competitive action.

He praised the work of the Pirates’ club staff during the periods of inactivity and whilst delighted to be back playing again, Andrew feels this is tinged with sadness due to games taking place behind closed doors.

“We had a long time in the unknown which was tough, but the coaches and the club did well to keep everyone focused which was nice,” he added. “They kept us fit, but it is nice to be back playing rugby now and doing our job.

“It is a shame that there are no supporters here to watch, but after the Saracens win, I had lots of people texting and passing on their congratulations, so we know everyone is really behind us which is brilliant.

“Obviously it is a shame for a lot of people in Cornwall that they have no rugby to look forward to by either playing or watching at the moment.

“Hopefully that will change soon and the supporters can get back to watching us soon and they will be cheering us on and having a beer after the game.”