The Reds made it three Championship wins in succession, edging a tense encounter in difficult conditions at the Mennaye by the narrowest of margins.
It was former Cornish Pirate Aaron Penberthy who sealed the result, slotting a penalty with 10 minutes to go - with his first touch of the ball after coming on - which regained the lead for his side, and which they held during the tense closing stages.
The match was very reminiscent of the contest two seasons ago, also in March, when the Reds won 5-7. Callum Sheedy's conversion of a Sean McCarthy try made the difference that day; this time the Pirates had four shots at goal, but Will Cargill could only land one conversion, and his three missed penalties were crucial.
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