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9th December 2011

 
 

RFU Championship News Friday 9th December 2011

RFU Championship News. Previews of all the Round 14 games. All the teams plus news and comment

Friday 9 December 2011 Saturday 10 December 2011
Nottingham v London Welsh 19:45 

Sunday 11 December 2011
Leeds v Cornish Pirates 15:00
Bedford v Rotherham Titans 15:00 
Esher v Moseley 15:00 
London Scottish v Doncaster 15:00 
Plymouth Albion v Bristol 15:00

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Round 14 in the Championship promises to be rich in entertainment with the corresponding fixtures back in September all high scoring affairs. A total of 44 tries were scored, with an average of 62 points per game.

Cornish Pirates posted the biggest score of the round, putting 52 points on hapless Leeds in front of the Sky Sports cameras. But Carnegie have turned the corner since then, last Sunday’s defeat at Bristol being their only reverse in the last eight games.

Rotherham inflicted a first defeat of the season on early Championship pace- setters Bedford when they won 40-32 at Clifton Lane ten weeks ago. But the Blues will be quietly confident of turning the tables on the Titans when the sides meet again on Saturday after finally finding some form at home.

London Welsh have won four out the last five meetings with Nottingham, but the Green & Whites are arguably the form side in the division after claiming maximum points in their last three fixtures to leap up to sixth.

Esher picked up their second point of the season after scoring four tries in last Friday’s 22-34 defeat to Nottingham, but they will be hoping for more from their home game this weekend against fellow strugglers Moseley. Moseley won the first encounter 35-21.

New Plymouth boss Pete Drewett is still waiting for his first win in charge of Albion as they welcome leaders Bristol to Brickfields, while London Scottish are at home to Doncaster.


Friday 9th December 2011

Nottingham v London Welsh 19:45

Nottingham

 

Nottingham Rugby are set for one of their most highly anticipated matches of the season as they entertain London Welsh at Meadow Lane tonight.

The Green and Whites have been in sparkling form in recent weeks, securing bonus point victories for three matches in succession to see them close in on the teams above them.

London Welsh currently lie second in the table and have been one of the strongest teams in the league throughout the season. They beat Nottingham at Old Deer Park earlier this season, adding to a recent run of victories that included home and away victories in the play-offs last season.

Nottingham’s Director of Rugby Glenn Delaney said, “London Welsh are a very good side. They play an expansive game which is built on a good, solid foundation up front.

“We are in good shape going into this match. I’ve been pleased with our performances in the last three matches, particularly from an attacking point of view. Our combinations are really coming together and we have been scoring some well created tries.

“There has been a real intensity in training ahead of this match and we’re all determined to put in the type of performance required to beat a very good side.”

Nottingham remain unbeaten at home since the opening day of the season, with their last outing at home seeing them score eight tries and 62 points against Moseley. They followed this up with a 34-22 win away to Esher.

Welsh come into the game following a hard fought victory over Bedford, which they won 25-24. The match also marks Craig Hammond’s 200th game as Nottingham captain.

He commented, “It’s been a great honour to captain this club and I’m very proud to have reached this landmark.

“This match isn’t about me though; it’s all about getting the right result and continuing to climb the Championship table. We know we’ll have to be at the top of our games to beat a tough London Welsh side, but with the Meadow Lane crowd behind us, I’m confident the lads have what it takes to rise to the occasion.”

Nottingham make three changes to the team that beat Esher. Rhys Crane’s broken jaw sees Kieran Hallett return to the starting line-up at full back, with Andrew Savage moving to the wing.

Ben Prescott comes into the front row with Michael Holford dropping to the bench. There is also a debut at scrum half for new signing Sean Romans.

Romans said, “I’m excited about making my debut for the club, particularly in a match as big as this. One of the main reasons I decided to come to Nottingham was for match-ups like this and I can’t wait to get out on the pitch at Meadow Lane.”

www.nottinghamrugby.co.uk

The Nottingham Post reports that Glenn Delaney has warned his players the hard work starts on Friday night.

"The hard work really starts now," said director of rugby Delaney. "The reality is that we are now into London Welsh, Rotherham, Bristol and the Cornish Pirates in the league. All top teams."

"It's going to be a tough game on Friday against a team who are very abrasive and aggressive and don't give you a lot of space to play."

Full Story www.thisisnottingham.co.uk

London Welsh

 

London Welsh head coach Lyn Jones has rung the changes tonight’s trip to Nottingham.

Jones makes 12 changes, including two positional, from the side that beat Bedford Blues last Saturday at Old Deer Park to extend the Exiles’ unbeaten run in all matches to seven games.

Centre Seb Jewell, wing Joe Ajuwa and second row Martin Purdy remain unchanged, while Alex Davies moves from full back to fly and Lee Beach from number 8 to blindside flanker. Beach also captains the side.

There’s a debut in the loosehead for new signing Tom French, who enjoyed a loan spell at Nottingham, with Vili Ma’asi and Billy Moss making up a new look front row.

Four of last Saturday’s side that beat the Blues to leapfrog Welsh into second spot – Guillermo Roan, Rob Lewis, Gordon Ross and Hudson Tonga’uiha – all move to the bench.

Meadow Lane has proved a happy hunting for Welsh in recent visits, with the Exiles having won the last three meetings between the two sides at Nottingham.

Last season, Welsh won 27-13 in the play-offs at Meadow Lane, having already won 27-21 away to Nottingham, with Simon Whatling and Liam Gibson among the try scorers, on the opening weekend of the 2010/11 season.

In the 2009/10 play-offs, Welsh won 17-10 at Meadow Lane, with centre Paul Mackey scoring the Exiles’ only try.

www.london-welsh.co.uk

Nottingham:
Matt Parr, Joe Duffey , Ben Prescott, Craig Hammond (C), Nic Rouse
Sione Kalamafoni, Brent Wilson, Alex Shaw
Sean Romans, James Arlidge, Mike Penn, Juan Socino, Ayoola Erinle
Andrew Savage, Kieran Hallett

Replacements
Ollie Taylor, Michael Holford, Matt Shields, Lee Morley
Phil Eggleshaw, Finlay Barnham, Joe Cobden

London Welsh:
15. Edd Thrower, 14. Liam Gibson, 13. James Lewis, 12. Seb Jewell, 11. Joe Ajuwa
10. Alex Davies, 9. Jack Moates
1. Tom French, 2. Vili Ma’asi*, 3. Bily Moss, 4. Mike Powell, 5. Martin Purdy
6. Lee Beach ©, 7. Michael Hills, 8. Ed Jackson.

Replacements: 
16. Nathan Morris, 17. Guillermo Roan, 18. Gary Johnson, 19. Ed Siggery
20. Rob Lewis, 21. Gordon Ross*, 22. Hudson Tonga’uiha*.


Saturday 10th December

Bedford v Rotherham Titans 15:00

Bedford

 

Bedford Blues , following a one point loss last weekend, the Blues have brushed themselves down and are raring to go as they welcome Rotherham Titans to Goldington Road on Saturday.

The last time the two teams met at Clifton Lane back in September, the Blues let a 22-9 half time lead slip and ended up losing the game 40-32 to a dogged Titans team which has continued to grow in stature this season.

With only three points separating the two teams in the Championship table, there is everything to play for come 3pm.

Bedford are not far from having a full squad to pick from.

The only absentees this weekend are hooker Neil Cochrane and back rower Gregor Gillanders - but both could be available to play in the British & Irish Cup next weekend – along with flanker Ben Lewitt and prop Ricky Reeves who are still on the long term casualty list.

Looking ahead to Saturday’s clash, Bedford Blues Director of Rugby Mike Rayer said: “We are expecting a really attritional game against Rotherham who are a good side who keep the ball well and have some very powerful runners along with one of the biggest packs that you are likely to see at Goldington Road this season.

“That said, we know that we are more than capable of competing with Rotherham. We need to make sure that we impose ourselves, bring our strengths and be clinical in all aspects of the game.

“We’ve got no hangover from last weekend. With the exception of the first 20 minutes, we competed really well and at the end of the day a score either way would have won it but we just missed out. That’s in the past and we are fully focussed on the task ahead this weekend.”

The Blues make just one change to the line-up which started against London Welsh with Ian Vass getting his first Championship start of the season in place of Tom Bedford while Don Barrell comes onto the bench for Sam Pailor.

www.bedfordrugby.co.uk

Rotherham Titans

 

Rotherham Titans make four changes to the side that beat a stubborn Plymouth Albion last time out, as they prepare for one of the Championship’s toughest away fixtures of the campaign at Bedford.

Titans coach Andre Bester has made three changes in the pack; club captain Sam Dickinson returns at lock for Barney Maddison. In the front row Bester continues his rotation policy as Shane Cahill comes in for Jamie Kilbane at loose head prop and Dan Baines replaces Ted Stagg at hooker.

The only change along the back line sees Jimmy Williams given the number nine shirt ahead of Matt Rhodes.

There is a long history between Rotherham and Bedford and the majority of encounters have always been tight, close, competitive affairs. One of Titans greatest days in their history was beating Bedford over a two-legged play-off back in 2000 which propelled the Clifton Lane men into the top tier of English rugby.

However the overall league head to head, including play-off games, sees Bedford holding a narrow 14-13 advantage. Furthermore, Titans have not beaten Bedford at Goldington Road for over five years, the last time being back in November 2006 when a late Gareth Steenson penalty sealed a 34-32 victory.

Andre Bester anticipates a stern challenge this weekend as his pre-match remarks testify,“Bedford are a very strong side and their intensity is very high right now and their consistency over the last few weeks has been very good. Of all the top sides I think London Welsh and Bedford have shown the most consistency over recent weeks.”

Bester continued his appraisal, “We know we have a tough task ahead of us and we know they are capable of playing the complete game. They play a very entertaining game and they play with a very quick tempo with quick hands. Mike Rayer has a deserved reputation of developing players and playing a style of rugby which is pleasing on the eye.

“They have a stronger scrum this year than they’ve had in previous years; the scrum has become a strength of theirs. They’ve always had a strong, solid line out, but it’s their ability to move the ball quickly that has always been their strength.”

Bester finishes his summary as he explains what he looking for from the game, “There’s no doubt about it, Bedford are a very dangerous side and the game will serve as a barometer for us and it will enable us to see exactly where we are and what we need to do come play-off time. For me that is what the Bedford match is all about and we’ll have a good idea on Saturday of where we are in the big picture!”

www.rotherhamrugby.co.uk

Paul Rickett writing in ‘T’advertiser’ says Andre Bester will use tomorrow’s game at rivals Bedford as a litmus test of their promotion capability.

It’s a game which will prove whether we can play successfully against the top sides when we head into the play-offs - or it will tell us that we’ve still a long way to go,” said Bester.

“It was disappointing to lose at Pirates and Leeds but at least we know why and we have tried to put those things right.

Full Story www.rotherhamadvertiser.co.uk

Bedford Blues :
15. James Pritchard (c) 14. Handre Schmidt 13. Brendan Burke 12. Ian Vass 11. Josh Bassett
10. Jake Sharp 9. Darryl Veenendaal
1. Sam Walsh 2. Chris Locke 3. Phil Boulton 4. Mike Howard 5. Sean Tomes
6. Alex Rae 7. Sacha Harding 8. Paul Tupai

Replacements:
16. Nico Steenkamp, 17. Dan Seal, 18. Billy Johnson, 19. Don Barrell
20. Stefan Liebenberg, 21. Jamie Lennard, 22. Henry Staff.

Rotherham Titans:
15 Tom Foden, 14 Ed Tellwright, 13 Dave McCall, 12 Pale Nonu, 11 Shane Monahan
10 Garry Law, 9 Jimmy Williams
1 Shane Cahill, 2 Dan Baines, 3 Rob O’Donnell, 4 Sam Dickinson (Capt.), 5 Adrian Griffiths
6 Robin Copeland, 7 Sean Dougall, 8 Semisi Taulava.

Replacements from:
16 Ted Stagg, 17 Jamie Kilbane, 18 Ben Hooper, 19 Barney Maddison, 20 Carl Kirwan
21 Matt Rhodes, 22 Cliffie Hodgson, 23 Stephen Hamilton, 24 Elliot Brierley.


Esher v Moseley 15:00

Esher

 

Esher Rugby, Phil Mackenzie insists Esher must be 'smarter' to stand a chance of ending their horrendous 13-match losing run.

The Surrey side take on Moseley at home in Saturday’s big Championship basement battle still hunting a first league win of the campaign.

Canada World Cup star Mackenzie reckons Esher are showing steady improvement after picking a up a four-try bonus point in last week’s dramatic 34-22 defeat to Nottingham.

But they remain 16 points adrift of 11th-placed Moseley and are desperate for wins with each one worth a point in the end-of-season relegation play-offs.

Centre Mackenzie was one of the Esher tryscorers against Nottingham with Andy Wright getting a double and Geoff Griffiths a fourth as they hit back from 28-0 to salvage a point.

But Mac admits Esher must be firing from the first whistle. He said: "The rugby we played in the last half hour against Nottingham was inspiring and hopefully we can carry that into the Moseley game.

"We must be switched on from the start and play smart rugby. We can't kick possession away and give away field position

"Our defence has been really good at times but if you are defending for 30 minutes you will give away points. We must all focus on the little things

"If we can do well against Moseley then hopefully we can get onto a roll and get four or five wins before the end of the season."

Esher conceded 14 points when down to 14 players against Nottingham following a yellow card handed to Griffiths by referee Llyr ApGeraint Roberts at Moseley Road.

But Esher showed their fighting spirit with an impressive second-half rally that suggests they could escape relegation in the end-of-season relegation lottery.

Mackenzie added: "We showed in the second half that we can attack from anywhere but we must produce that for 80 minutes against Moseley."

Esher are boosted by the return of prop Ricky Nebbett who will be starting for Esher Cardinals on Saturday. Lock Ian Kench and centre Tom Cheeseman are unlikely to feature but Director of Rugby Mike Schmid hopes they will be available for the British and Irish Cup clash at Aberavon next week.

www.esherrugby.com

Moseley

 

Moseley. For the visit to fellow bottom-of-the-table club, Esher, Moseley make just one change to the side which beat Doncaster at Billesley Common last week. Paul Spivey comes in at lock to take the place of Dan Sanderson.

Moseley won the corresponding match at home in September, and will be hoping to get their first “double” of the season against opponents who will be buoyed by a narrow defeat to in-form Nottingham last Friday.

www.moseleyrugby.co.uk

Esher Rugby:
15 Charlie Walker 14 Geoff Griffiths 13 Phil Mackenzie 12 Mark Atkinson 11 Andy Wright
10 Nicky Little 9 Jamie Mackenzie
1 Dave Millard 2 Stuart Mackie 3 Cameron Zeiss 4 Paul Barker 5 Matt Symons
6 Shawn Renwick 7 Sam Stitcher 8 Chris Goodman

Replacements 
16 James Campbell 17 Nick Mayhew 18 Mike Macfarlane 19 Mike Blakeburn
20 Arran Cruickshanks 21 Sam Edgerley 22 Andy Garner

Moseley :
1. Tom Warren; 2.Adam Caves; 3. Craig Voisey; 4.David Lyons; 5.Paul Spivey
6.Neil Mason; 7.Michael Ellery; 8.Chevvy Pennycook; 9. Ryan Glynn; 10. Bradley Davies
11. William Robinson; 12.Andy Reay; 13. Greg King; 14.Brad Hunt; 15. Anthony Carter

Replacements:
16. Anthony O’donnell;17. Charley Thomas; 18. Dan Sanderson; 19. Michael Maltman
20.Mike Gillick; 21. Ryan De La Harpe; 22 Oliver Thomas.


London Scottish v Doncaster 15:00

London Scottish

 

London Scottish. Saturday's game against Doncaster Knights is set to be a crunch match in Scottish's league season.

Only one league place separates the two sides, but if the game were to go against Scottish, Doncaster would be over 15 points ahead with the play-off stages rapidly approaching.

Scottish will be hopeful that players are gradually returning from injury.

Ben MacDougall is under consideration for selection following a hamstring injury, and Oli Grove has recovered following a shoulder problem sustained against Esher.

Head Coach Simon Amor has been working hard to try and bring in further recruits to strengthen a Scottish back line that has bourne the brunt of the injury problems this season.

www.londonscottish.com

Ryan Westren has joined Scottish from Cornish Pirates for the rest of the season.

A close season signing for the Pirates from the Cornish All Blacks, he featured in a pre-season friendly, was used as a replacement away to Nottingham, and played the full eighty minutes in the convincing British & Irish Cup wins against Bristol and Plymouth Albion.

In recent weeks Ryan has had a loan spell back at the Cornish All Blacks where he scored three tries in as many games.

Last season, with 25, he not only broke the Launceston club's try-scoring record in a season but also finished the top try-scorer (one try ahead of David Howells!) in National One and was also selected at outside centre in the 'Rugby Times' National One Dream XV.

www.londonscottish.com

Doncaster Knights

 

Doncaster Knights, Brett Davey has been forced to name himself amongst the replacements this weekend as the Knights squad is savaged by injuries as the team travel to the capital in a crunch match with London Scottish.

There will once again be several players in unfamiliar positions as regular fly-half Tom Luke carries the persistent shoulder problem that kept him out at Moseley, leaving full-back David McIlwaine to start at ten.

Consistent starters Alex Brown and PJ Gidlow remain on the sidelines along with veteran player-coach Glen Kenworthy, prop Andy Brown and long term absentees; Lee Audis, Adam Kettle and Mike Whitehead.

The bench sees the return of winger Michael Bateman, who has thrived during a prolific loan spell with Hull Ionians, named as a substitute alongside Davey, who has made one appearance for the side this season.

Scottish were beaten 37-29 at Castle Park back in October and will be looking to respond to a heavy defeat to Cornish Pirates last week, when they shipped 42 points. They lie one place below the Knights in the table and the Doncaster lads will be keen to put more distance between themselves and the bottom four.

www.drfc.co.uk

Doncaster Knights:
15 Dougie Flockhart 14 Ben Toft 13 Oli Goss 12 Fred Burdon 11 Michael Keating
10 David McIlwaine 9 Chris Hallam
1 Tom Davies 2 Steve Boden 3 Royce Burke-Flynn 4 Matt Challinor 5 Dominic Parsons
6 Latu Makaafi 7 Zack Farivarz 8 Chris Planchant

Replacements
16 Stuart Corsar 17 Jack Yeandle 18 Andy Boyde 19 Michael Noone
20 David Bradford 21 Michael Bateman 22 Brett Davey


Plymouth Albion v Bristol 15:00

Plymouth Albion

 

Plymouth Albion Plymouth Albion will hand teenage prop Luke Cowan-Dickie a full Championship debut as they bid to bring down league leaders Bristol at Brickfields Saturday.

Cowan-Dickie, who only turned 18 in June, is given the number one shirt after impressing director of rugby Peter Drewett with his performance as a half-time replacement at Rotherham last week.

"It is a big moment for Luke, but he thoroughly deserves it," said Drewett.

The Cornish youngster, dual registered from Exeter Chiefs, missed the start of the season due to a knee injury he picked up on tour with England Under-18s in August. Last Saturday's appearance at Clifton Lane was Cowan-Dickie's debut for Albion.

Albion are expecting their biggest crowd of the season for tomorrow's West Country clash. Last year's game at Brickfields between Albion and Bristol attracted nearly 5,000 spectators.

And boss Drewett will no doubt be hoping his team respond to the occassion and secure their first win in five games and their first under their new director of rugby.

Last season, Albion and Bristol played out a thriller at Brickfields with the game going down to the last kick of the match. Bristol narrowly won 20-19 after Albion missed a drop-goal in front of the posts right at the death.

Speaking to the Herald - Cowan-Dickie, who only turned 18 in June, appears to be a young man who will not be too overawed, although he did admit to being a bit nervous last weekend when he made his Albion debut at Rotherham.

"It was awesome," said the Truro-born player about his debut. "I got on and I just tried to do the basics right and tried to get physical.

"It was my first game so I was quite nervous."

Cowan-Dickie admitted he found his first taste of Championship 'really physical' but he hopes he can build on his display at Rotherham.

Full Story www.thisisplymouth.co.uk

Albion are also boosted by the return from injury of inspirational captain Sean-Michael Stephen.

Canadian international forward Stephen has missed the last two months with a broken hand, but he has recovered in time to face London Welsh tomorrow..

It means for the first time this season Albion are able to field all three of their Canadian internationals - Stephen, Aaron Carpenter and Tyler Hotson.

"It has been tough to watch the last couple of months, especially when results have not been going our way," said Stephen, who joined Albion in 2008. "It was very frustrating not been able to contribute."

Albion, still without injured fly-half Henry Slade, are also able to welcome back long-serving Tongan centre Keni Fisilau from suspension, although he will start on the bench for the game against third-placed Welsh, who have four ex-Albion players in their squad.

www.plymouthalbion.com

Bristol

 

Bristol’s Mark Irish has warned his teammates to expect a bruising encounter when Bristol Rugby face Plymouth Albion at Brickfields on Saturday.

The prop has targeted a fourth successive victory but expects Albion to come out fighting in the West Country derby.

“Brickfields is a tough place to go,” he said. “They’re a big, physical unit up front and they will come out all guns blazing.

“Plymouth are under new management now so they’ll be desperate to impress the new Head Coach. We’re expecting force and fire but we’ll be prepared for that.”

Full Story www.bristolrugby.co.uk

Liam Middleton makes three changes to the front row as Bristol Rugby go in search of their fourth successive league victory against Albion on Saturday.

Bristol, who have never lost at Brickfields in the RFU Championship, give starts to Wayne Thompson, Rhys Lawrence and Darren Crompton.

Mark Irish and Jason Hobson drop to the bench, while Jason Harris-Wright misses out through injury.

The Head Coach names an unchanged backline from the victory over Leeds Carnegie, with William Helu and Fautua Otto continuing their new-look midfield partnership.

Dan Montagu retains his place at no.8 and will feature alongside Iain Grieve and James Merriman in the back row.

Glen Townson could make his first appearance for the Club after being named among the replacements

Matt Keyte is also included in the 22-man squad for the first time in the league since the opening day victory over Doncaster.

www.bristolrugby.co.uk

Plymouth Albion :
15 James Love, 14 Mick McGrath, 13 Bevon Armitage, 12 Keni Fisilau, 11 Steve Johns
10 Mark Lee, 9 Ruairi Cushion
1 Luke Cowan-Dickie, 2 Gareth Evans, 3 Ryan Hopkins, 4 Tyler Hotson, 5 Sean-Michael Stephen (capt)
6 Herbie Stupple, 7 Wayne Sprangle, 8 Aaron Carpenter.

Replacements:
16 Rupert Freestone, 17 David Morton, 18 Rob Dugard, 19 Addison Lockley
20 Paul Rowley, 21 Paul Bailey, 22 Sam Hocking

Bristol Rugby:
Jon Goodridge; Jack Tovey, Fautua Otto, William Helu, George Watkins;
Tristan Roberts, Ruki Tipuna; Darren Crompton, Rhys Lawrence, Wayne Thompson
Mariano Sambucetti, Roy Winters, Iain Grieve (c), James Merriman, Dan Montagu.

Replacements: 
Ross Johnston, Mark Irish, Jason Hobson, Glen Townson
Marco Mama, Matt Keyte, Matty James.


Sunday 4 December 2011

Leeds Carnegie v Cornish Pirates 15:00

Leeds Carnegie

 

Leeds Carnegie Head Coach Diccon Edwards has made two changes to his side to face Cornish Pirates this Sunday at Headingley Carnegie.

Leeds Carnegie retain the same back line that played at Bristol last week however the changes come in the pack. Tom Denton is ruled out through a shoulder injury and is replaced by Sean Hohneck in the second row. In the back row, Danny Paul comes in for Chris Walker, who moves to the bench. Paul starts at number eight so Jacob Rowan reverts to open side flanker.

Tight head prop Kane Palma-Newport will make his first appearance at Headingley Carnegie after making his debut last week at Bristol following his arrival on loan from Bath.

Fellow prop Mo Mustafa has recovered from the illness that kept him out last week to return to the bench whilst Dan White comes in for Robbie Shaw, who has a dead leg, to complete the replacements.

www.leedscarnegie.com

Cornish Pirates

 

The Cornish Pirates beat Leeds Carnegie 52-10 in front of SKY television cameras when the two teams met at the Mennaye Field in September, but they knew then that come the away game a much tougher challenge would await.

Following their poor start to the season Leeds have indeed got back on track, with last Sunday's 33-19 defeat at Bristol being their only reverse in their last eight games.

It's a seventh versus fourth clash, where the Pirates will be keen to avoid three consecutive away losses by building upon their convincing 42-10 points home win against London Scottish last weekend.

Fly-half Myles Dorrian, on loan from Exeter Chiefs, will make his second appearance for the Cornish club in a side that will once again be captained by flanker Chris Morgan in the absence of injured scrum-half Gavin Cattle.

There are few other changes in the side that beat 'Scottish', but one that Pirates supporters will be delighted to note is the return to the starting line-up of experienced prop Alan Paver, who is the club's longest serving present player.

http://cornish-pirates.com

Cornish Pirates forwards coach Ian Davies has called on his side to build momentum with a Championship victory at Leeds on Sunday.

The Cornishmen put their league defeats to Bristol and Doncaster behind them with a comprehensive win over London Scottish last weekend.

Davies wants his side to continue their resurgence with a positive result at Headingley this weekend, completing a league double over the Yorkshiremen, who lost 52-10 at Mennaye Field in September.

Another strong performance would set them up nicely for a challenging run-up to Christmas which includes a British and Irish Cup clash with Cross Keys and a league derby with Plymouth Albion,

Full Story www.thisiscornwall.co.uk

Leeds Carnegie
15. Tommy Bell 14. Michael Stephenson 13. Iain Thornley 12. Joe Barker 11. Pete Lucock
10. Joe Ford 9. Craig Hampson
1. Mike MacDonald 2. Andy Titterrell (c) 3. Kane Palma-Newport 4. Dan Hemingway 5. Sean Hohneck
6. Ryan Burrows 7. Jacob Rowan 8. Danny Paul

Replacements
16. Scott Freer 17. Sam Lockwood 18. Mo Mustafa 19. Richard Beck
20. Chris Walker 21. Dan White 22. Scott Barrow

Cornish Pirates :
R. Cook, G. Pointer, D. Locke, S. Hill, D. Doherty
M. Dorrian, T. Kessell, B. Maidment, C. Morgan (capt)
K. Marriott, I. Nimmo, L. McGlone, A. Paver, R. Elloway, R. Storer.

Replacements:
P. Andrew, D. Ward, R. Brits, M. Smith
P. Burgess, J. Doherty, R. McAtee.


 

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