London Scottish v Cornish Pirates

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Saturday 1st October KO 3pm

 
 

London Scottish v Cornish Pirates

London Scottish v Cornish Pirates

Saturday 1st October 2016
Greene King IPA Championship Rd 5
The RAG - Richmond Athletic Ground
Kick Off 15:00

The Pirates travel to London for this 5th round league encounter looking to maintain their unbeaten status and build on an excellent start to the season.

After four rounds the Pirates find themselves third in the league whilst London Scottish sit at tenth.

Although Scottish lost their 2 opening games: Nottingham away and London Welsh home, they have since acquired six useful league points.

They recorded a fine away win at Rotherham Titans (30-31), whilst last weekend they did well to pick up a losing bonus point at Yorkshire Carnegie (39-29).

Three former Pirates, Joe Atkinson, Craig Holland and Neale Patrick could well feature for the hosts on Saturday, whilst a significant crew of Cornish Exiles and travelling fans are expected to swell the crowd and support the boys at the ‘RAG’

Speaking about the game Coach Gavin Cattle said: “September’s results were very pleasing for us, however we are very grounded rugby-wise and know that huge challenges lie ahead.

“London Scottish will provide difficult opposition to overcome, so we’ll need to be on our mettle to take our chances.”

Team News

There are just two changes from the side that ran out against London Welsh on Sunday. Alex Dancer returns to partner Nicolas De Battista in the centre, whilst stalwart Rob Elloway, who replaced injured hooker Tom Channon last weekend, will fit the number 2 shirt

Cornish Pirates:
15 Toby May, 14 Kyle Moyle, 13 Alex Dancer, 12 Nicolas De Battista
11 Matt Evans, 10 Will Cargill, 9 Alex Day
1 Paul Andrew, 2 Rob Elloway, 3 Jack Andrew, 4 Josh Caulfield
5 Brett Beukeboom, 6 Jake Parker, 7 Alex Cheesman, 8 Tom Duncan (capt).

Replacements:
16 Jack Innard, 17 Marlen Walker, 18 Tyler Gendall, 19 Dan Lee
20 Sam Simmonds, 21 Mike Pope, 22 Laurence May

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