"We were able to complete on an even level against the full time outfit until we were reduced to 14 men through a yellow card.
"The fact that the Pirates were only able to score one try after the break was a testament to our defence on the day.
"I'm sure our coaches will be happier with our display than the Pirates' counterparts will be of theirs and we go into Saturday's return fixture with nothing to be frightened of."
Swansea 15 Rhys Williams 14 Nicky Harwood 13 Liam Price 12 Ben Roberts 11 Nathan Brooks 10 Sam Davies 9 Aled Lewis; 1 Nicky Smith 2 Paul John (Capt) 3 Ian Williams 4 Ben Fox 5 Rhodri Hughes 6 James McKenna 7 James Bija 8 Dan Baker
Replacements: 16 Ieuan Dobbs 17 Matthew Norman 18 Nicky Thomas 19 David Blyth 20 Rob Dydley-Jones 21 Will Batcup 22 Aled Jenkins