Agony for Blues as Pirates plunder the points late on

Pat Tapley gave the Blues the lead with an early try
Pat Tapley gave the Blues the lead with an early try

Bedford Blues suffered an agonising defeat at the Mennaye Field on Sunday afternoon as the Cornish Pirates scored a late, late converted try to secure a 32-31 win.

Despite having to dig very deep in the second half, the Blues looked to be heading home with a bonus point win after Pat Tapley, Tom Griffiths, Joel Conlon and Mike Le Bourgeois had all crossed the whitewash with Myles Dorrian converting all four plus a penalty.

But the Pirates pressed until the very end and got their reward as Alex Cheeseman scored from close range before Laurence May converted to seal victory.

The game was five minutes old when the Blues took the lead through Tapley, with Dorrian adding the extras.

The Pirates hit back through Jack Arnott, with May levelling the scores while Sam James was in the sin bin.

The fly-half then pushed the hosts ahead with a well struck penalty in the 25th minute, but the Blues were soon back in the lead when Griffiths went over with Dorrian converting for 14-10.

Five minutes from the interval and Bedford went further ahead when Conlon crossed the line, with Dorrian again converting.

A messy start to the second half allowed the Pirates back into things with unconverted tries from Carpenter and Matt Evans to reduce the deficit to one point at 21-20.

Bedford responded with a converted try from Le Bourgeois and a Dorrian penalty to open up a 31-20 lead.

But the Pirates weren’t going to give in and they earned a try bonus point via Evans, before snatching the win.

With the final roll of the dice they took the tap-and-go; the ball came to Cheeseman who went over and May completed the comeback with his only conversion of the second half.