Cornish Pirates top of Championship after Rotherham win

Drew Locke
Drew Locke goes over to score his try in the first half

Cornish Pirates moved to the top of the Championship after an impressive 30-13 win over Rotherham at the Mennaye.

David Doherty scored two first-half tries while Gavin Cattle also crossed the line in the first period as the home side led 20-6 at the break.

Semisi Taulava's try closed the gap just after the restart but Drew Locke went over as Rob Cook kicked a total of 10 points for the Pirates.

"Our first-half work was outstanding," coach Ian Davies told BBC Cornwall.

"In the the second half we controlled the game very well and to be honest there was only going to be one winner."

The Pirates, who have lost only once all season, have moved a point clear of Bristol while Rotherham have slipped to fifth.

"The players set out that they wanted to be in the top two by the end of November," added Davies.

"We're currently top, we've got another couple of league games to go in November but at the moment we're sitting pretty."