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Skipper Morgan left frustrated as Pirates fall short on big occasion

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: April 07, 2014

By Bill Sobey @billsobey

Skipper Morgan left frustrated as Pirates fall short on big occasion

Cornish Pirates skipper Chris Morgan

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CORNISH PIRATES captain Chris Morgan struggled to hide his frustration after a

16-14 British and Irish Cup loss to Pontypridd.

A late penalty won the game for the Welsh side, who took the lead late on while Pirates were down to 14 men.

And, with the Championship play-off places out of reach, it means Morgan and his men have three games left this season with nothing to play for.

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He said: “It will be tough for us now. This game was everything, we wanted to keep the season going with another game and then maybe another game after that. That’s done now. We’ve known the play-offs are out of reach for a while, really.

“We’ve got three games left and it is our last home game next week. For the Pirates supporters that are there, we need to put something together for them.”

Morgan acknowledged that the Pirates played with endeavour but he said a lack of composure at a crucial point in the match against Pontypridd was pivotal.

He said: “Thinking of ourselves as gallant losers isn’t a particularly nice tag and one that doesn’t sit well with us. In the first half, we did what we wanted to do. We scored penalties and got a try at the end.

“We knew eight points was not going to be enough at half time and that proved to be the case.

“Our indiscipline cost us, we lost Aaron Carpenter for ten minutes and that cost us a try.

“We were under a lot of pressure when we might not have been and we squandered possession upfield, giving away a penalty or a turnover.

“They stuck to it and used the conditions well, they kicked their points and got the win. Fair play to them.”

Morgan is concerned that lessons from the game, and indeed the season as a whole, will be missed after another summer of change at the club.

He said: “There will be a lot of boys leaving at the end of the season so we need to decide how we’re going to attack the last games, as a group, and put some performances in that we can be proud of as players and a group of individuals.

“We want to be able to learn from an experience like this but that probably won’t be the case for this group. There will be some players still here and those that are need to build on this season.”

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