The young Welshman amid England rugby shock of the year just days after leaving Cardiff Blues on loan
It was the game that garnered more attention than any Premiership game in the national press this week.
The Saracens’ supposed march to the English league title got off to a rocky start in the league’s opening weekend as the Cornish Pirates provided a rude awakening.
The Penzance squad sent shockwaves through English rugby, shattering the odds of missing 25-17 winners against a Sarries side that included Springbok World Cup winner Vincent Koch and the Lions winger Sean Maitland.
At the heart of the action was Luke Scully, the 21-year-old Welsh opener, who secured a loan at Mennaye Field from the Cardiff Blues less than two weeks ago.
With just one appearance – a warm-up game against Jersey – and a handful of training sessions under his belt, Scully knocked down four kicks, amassing 10 points and playing a key role behind an impressive performance from the front pack.
“It was a great victory,” he told WalesOnline.
“The emotions were really strong. It was probably the biggest victory the club have ever won, or certainly in the top three.
“It was a bit surreal after the game. I don’t think any of us expected to beat Sarries. It was probably the biggest win in a lot of boys careers.
“Before Saturday, because it was such a big game against a great team, the main thing I wanted was to do the basics well.
“It was a big goal for me. In big games you can get carried away by pulling a bunny out of a hat.
“But it was just about staying on point, sticking to the game plan and trying to execute it as best we could.”
On his own performance, he added: “I thought I did well. I missed two kicks on goal that I probably should have scored. I’ll blame that on the Penzance wind!
“There are a lot of things for me to work on in the coming weeks, but I was happy.
“There are a lot of areas in my game, but the main thing is that I want to improve when it comes to finding the rhythm of the game, understanding what to do in different areas of the pitch.
“It will come with playing time. As a 10, feeling the momentum of the game is a huge thing and knowing what to do next in the structure is a big job for me.
“Then it’s my kicks. I want to be a great goalscorer so I’m looking for ways to get better after every session.
“Finally, it’s also about the high ball. I want to be known as someone who can take high balls in a game. I want people to know that if they put a high ball, I can take it. .
“But it’s a huge job because it’s not where I want it to be right now.”
Scully is one of many young Welsh people whose development has been hampered by the Covid-19 pandemic.
In Wales there is real concern that player progress is being held back by the lack of playing time, with all below pro games still on the ice.
With that in mind, Scully secured a season-long loan from Cornish Pirates to get precious minutes.
“It’s a tough time for young players. In Wales there isn’t a lot of rugby going on other than at the top level,” said Scully.
“Going to the championship was a great opportunity for me. There are not many places left in the championship because all the teams are well established.
“I was very lucky and I know there are probably a few boys who would like to come to the championship, but the teams are already sorted.
“I was really lucky to have the opportunity to come here.
“You can practice as much as you want, but for a 10 to develop you have to be in a game and put yourself in different situations to evolve your game.
“This is an incredible opportunity for me.”
The motivation for the move is clear.
During the championship, former Welsh Under-20 hub Scully wants to do his best week after week for the Pirates and the rest will take care of themselves. Although he is keen to get the attention of Arms Park’s coaching staff, who are in regular contact.
“I want to develop here and look for a place in Cardiff next season,” said Scully, who currently lives with three teammates, including Cardiff-born scrum-half JB Bruzulier.
“But, for now, I want to try to add as much value to this team as possible. We have a great team here and we can really continue this year.
“We are aiming for the play-offs this season and it would be great to push for them.
“If I can do my job and my little pieces, stick to the game plan, the rest should follow.
“The Blues were brilliant. They call me and Gavin Cattle [head coach] all the time, watching all the games and clips.
“Richie Rees is on the phone, Richard Hodges texted me. Fair play, they’ve all been in touch.”