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Rugby: Wait goes on for McGlone after Pirates postponement

By The Cornishman  |  Posted: February 13, 2014

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THE decision to postpone last Friday's Greene King Championship clash between Moseley and the Cornish Pirates was greeted with particular frustration by one member of the Cornish squad.

Number 8 Laurie McGlone had been due to feature in his first competitive action for three months after being sidelined with a neck problem, returning to anchor the Pirates scrum and partner Chris Morgan and Alex Cheesman in the back row.

And while there was little anyone could do about the waterlogged Billesley Common pitch, he wasn't too enamoured with gaining an unexpected weekend off.

"It was massively frustrating for me," he said. "We got the call early on Friday morning to say that the game was off but I have been out for so long and was just desperate to get some game time.

"We have got a huge game coming up now against London Welsh and the plan was to use the Moseley game to get me conditioned for it."

He added: "I was due to stay on until my lungs burnt out basically and I couldn't run any more so we will have to roll that forward into this week now."

The 34-year-old New Zealander joined the Cornish Pirates in the summer of 2009 from Coventry making his league debut in the second row as the team won at Nottingham on the opening day of the season.

McGlone has become a huge favourite with the Pirates supporters for his physical no-nonsense style of play and has gone on to wear the Pirates shirt well over 100 times, but injury has restricted him to just five appearances so far this season.

He continued: "The neck injury is all good now and I'm raring to go again. We have had a weekend to freshen everything up and I'm looking forward to getting back in this week and getting going again."

With the Cornish Pirates without a league win since Boxing Day and beaten three times in their last four outings McGlone admits that watching on from the sidelines hasn't been easy.

He said: "It's been very frustrating to be honest because the team has under-performed in the last few weeks.

"We are not getting the results we would like but we are a young squad pretty much and knew that there would be ups and downs this season.

"Right now we seem to be a bit more on a down rather than an up so it will be good to change that."

Two Cornish Pirates were instrumental in changing the order at the bottom of the Welsh Premiership table last week as they helped Aberavon to a priceless 11-9 win over Newport in terrible conditions at Rodney Parade.

Number 8 Tom Duncan and centre Rheon James are both on short-term loans at Aberavon and Duncan scored the only try of the game after 41 minutes as the Wizards came back to overturn a 6-0 half-time deficit.

Duncan`s performance earned him the man of the match award with James putting in a solid shift in the midfield.

Former Pirates fly-half Ceiron Thomas won the game for Aberavon landing his second penalty three minutes from time.

The win means that Aberavon have now moved off the bottom of the table winning both games since the two Pirates arrived in the Principality.

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