Pirates expecting tough test against in-form Exiles

Falmouth Packet: Pirates expecting tough test against in-form Exiles Pirates expecting tough test against in-form Exiles

This coming Sunday the Cornish Pirates are at home once more, when eighth-placed London Scottish visit for another important RFU Championship game (ko 2.30pm).

The famous 'exiles' club will arrive at the Mennaye Field in good form, as a glance at their last four Championship results confirm, three of which were against the top sides in the league.

They lost just 12-9 away to Newcastle Falcons, earning a deserved bonus point in the process, and have since won at home 26-23 against Bedford Blues, won 14-9 at Doncaster Knights, and emerged 25-13 victors versus Nottingham.

The win against the Green and Whites last weekend was particularly impressive, as for a spell during the second half they played with just 13 men.

As for the fourth-placed Pirates, they too have shown fine form in the Championship by going four games unbeaten. They won 11-10 at home to Nottingham at the start of December, then won 9-5 away to Plymouth Albion on Boxing Day.

The New Year opened with an excellent 32-17 result against Bristol, and playing at the 'Mennaye' again last weekend they emerged 31-18 points winners against Doncaster Knights.

For Sunday there are a number of changes made by the Cornish Pirates following their result against the Knights. Hooker Rob Elloway returns to the starting line-up for what will be his 151st appearance for the club, Ben Prescott continues at tight-head prop having replaced an injured Alan Paver early in the match last weekend, and in the second-row David Lyons is named to partner Darren Barry.

Flanker Kyle Marriott will captain the side as Tom Kessell replaces club skipper Gavin Cattle at scrum-half.

Cornish Pirates:   W. Davies, B. Mercer, T. Riley, J. Fatialofa, M. Evans, K. Hallett, T. Kessell, L. McGlone, P. Burgess, K. Marriott (capt), D. Barry, D. Lyons, B. Prescott, R. Elloway, P. Andrew.

Replacements:   R. Storer, D. Semmens, P. Joyce, G. Johnson, B. Maidment, G. Cattle, G. Pointer.

Referee:   Simon Harding (RFU)      Assistants:   Nick Williams & Brian Ravenhill

 

click2find

Get Adobe Flash player
About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree