Sunday 11th December 2016
British & Irish Cup Rd 3
Kick Off 3pm
We take a break from League action on Sunday when we visit London Irish at the Madejski Stadium in the 3rd round of the British & Irish Cup.
This is game 1 of 2 consecutive cup games, as next week we Entertain Irish at the Mennaye for ‘Tribute Day’ a festive occasion when we play our last home game before the Christmas holidays.
After the two rounds in the cup one point separates Irish & Pirates,so there's all to play for against the unbeaten Greene King IPA Championsip league leaders.
Speaking during the build up to the game co-coach Gavin Cattle said: “We are fully aware that we face a huge challenge in the next two weeks, when some of the boys who have had less game time will have the opportunity to play against the best side in our division.
“Playing such quality opposition is a great way to see where we are at, and there will be people pretty much writing us off. For us, however, it’s about how we apply ourselves and what lessons we learn from these games. It’s also why you play the game, wanting to test yourself and to get in the mix of it against the best.”
Sunday’s side will give a number of players an opportunity to ‘put their hands up’, including centre Bar Bartlett who will making his first competitive match start for the club.
Tom Duncan takes over the skipper’s armband, with club captain Chris Morgan taking a seat on the bench, and following a particularly busy autumn, Canadian international Matt Evans is given a rest.
15 Toby May, 14 Jack Arnott, 13 Tom Hendrickson, 12 Bar Bartlett
11 Alex O’Meara, 10 Will Cargill, 9 Mike Pope
1 Jack Andrew, 2 Tom Channon, 3 Tyler Gendall, 4 Edd Pascoe, 5 Brett Beukeboom, 6 Jake Parker, 7 John Stevens, 8 Tom Duncan (capt).
16 Rob Elloway, 17 Marlen Walker, 18 Chris Morgan, 19 Sam Simmonds
20 Stuart Townsend, 21 Laurence May, 22 Nicolas De Battista.
Check Out Tribute Day Next Sunday