Saturday 8th April 2017
Greene King IPA Championship Rd 21
The RAG - Richmond Athletic Ground
Kick Off 15:00
Following last Sunday’s emphatic win against Doncaster Knights the Pirates travel to Richmond looking for another bonus point win to keep their play-off hopes alive
Meanwhile Richmond - in this their first Championship season – have matured into a competitive outfit able to spring a few surprises and have notched up 4 wins against London Scottish, ourselves, Bedford and Nottingham and run London Irish very close at the RAG going down by just 6 points at 20-26.
Complimenting Richmond, Pirates’ Joint Coach Gavin Cattle said: “To their credit Richmond have done a superb job and recruited quite smartly. They also have a really good team spirit, a hunger to perform well, and fully committed keep going right to the very end.”
Speaking of the disappointment of losing to Richmond at home Gavin said: “Having created a lot of opportunities in that game, especially in the first half, it was disappointing that we didn’t convert the chances, so the task this weekend is to keep our focus and this time finish off what we create.
Sitting in sixth-place and 2 points off fourth place it is still mathematically possible for us to reach the play-offs making this a massively important game and Gavin added: “With an outside chance of making the play-offs, all we can do is to keep on trucking and see what happens.”
The boys are likely to be supported in their quest by a large gathering of the Pirates faithful, with the exiles boosted my many travelling up from Cornwall.
There is just one change in from the starting XV that beat Doncaster Knights 34-17 last time out, as a fit again Tom Channon returns at hooker in place of the injured Jack Innard.
1 Late Change Jack Arnott replaces Mike Pope on the bench
15 Toby May, Kyle Moyle, 13 Tom Hendrickson, 12 Nicolas De Battista
11 Max Bodilly, 10 Laurence May, 9 Alex Day
1 Marlen Walker, 2 Tom Channon, 3 Paul Andrew, 4 Chris Morgan (c)
5 Brett Beukeboom, 6 Jake Parker, 7 Dan Lee, 8 Tom Duncan.
16 Jack Andrew, 17 Luke Chapman, 18 Josh Caulfield, 19 John Stevens
20 Jack Arnott, 21 Will Cargill, 22 Alex O’Meara.
Referee: John Meredith
Assistants: Chris Sharp, Ian Bibey
Assessor: Rowly Williams