Lee praises Pirates after Three Tuns success

The Pirates celebrate their 5-0 win at home to Three Tuns Hull. Pictures: Steve Lilly.

The Pirates celebrate their 5-0 win at home to Three Tuns Hull. Pictures: Steve Lilly.

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Coach Adam Lee expressed his delight after a defiant defensive performance helped the Scarborough Pirates to a 5-0 win over Three Tuns Hull.

Battling with the difficult conditions at Eastway, the Pirates started well under stringent instructions from Lee to remain strong defensively and look for opportunites to break.

An end-to-end contest ensued, with both sides committed and never giving an inch.

With Three Tuns struggling to break into Pirates territory, the home side could have led at half-time, but a quick kick forward and charge from Jamie Cornish just edged out over the dead- ball line before Harry Sleep fumbled when well-placed to go over after good work from Alex Paddock.

The away side’s best chance to go over the try-line came just before the interval, but they were thwarted by a stunning last-ditch tackle from Joe Hitchcock, who put in a superb performance in an unfamiliar position.

The home side started the second half in a similar fashion, with Carl Stephenson directing the traffic on the pitch well and the team responded.

Halfway through the second half the Pirates scored the crucial try.

The away side moved the ball out to their winger as they pressed the Pirates line, but Jamie Cornish managed to pick-pocket his opponent and ran 70 metres to touch down out wide.

The conversion attempt was missed by McNeil and the Pirates led 3-0.

The away side applied the pressure as they went hunting for a way back into the contest, but with the Pirates holding firm Three Tuns were restricted to long kicks to try and penetrate the home side’s rearguard.

The win was sealed with 70 minutes on the clock when McNeil atoned for his missed conversion with a drop-goal that handed them the 5-0 success.

Coach Lee said: “It was an old fashioned game of rugby league and both sides battled hard.

“The guys put in a fantastic performance and the commitment was superb.”

Lee singled out man of the match Dave Douthwaite, Alex Collins and Liam Braithwaite for praise, while Ben Rowe impressed as he made a return to rugby after a number of years away.

The Pirates travel to Hull Wyke this weekend.

PIRATES: H Sleep, A Collins, J Johnson, J Cornish, J McNeil, A Paddock, L Braithwaite, N Brining, J Messruther, D Douthwaite (c), N Hakings, K Tindall, J Hitchcock. SUBS: K Paddock, A Lee, B Rowe, J Vasey