19 February, 2022
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Pirates Know the Blues can be Dangerous Opponents
For the Cornish Pirates it is a sixth versus fourth contest on Saturday in Round 19 of the RFU Championship, when they travel to play Bedford Blues away (ko 3pm).
Matches between the two teams are invariably well contested and exciting, with the same expected this weekend. In their last meeting, which was at the Mennaye Field in November, the Pirates won 39-24.
There are two changes in the Cornish Pirates starting line-up from the one that featured in the 19-0 victory at home to London Scottish last weekend. Fully fit again club captain Nicolas De Battista is named to partner Tommy Wyatt in the centre, and there is a return for the experienced Marlen Walker at loose-head prop.
Speaking ahead of Saturday’s important encounter, Cornish Pirates’ joint head coach Gavin Cattle has commented:
“Firstly, credit to Bedford for their winning result against Ealing last Saturday. The side is well coached and always demands respect, and we have shared some great contests over the years.
“The Blues brand hasn’t changed. They have a talented and quick back three, plus have an appetite to play as a team, which has been ever present. Also, when forcing opponents into making errors, they can be very dangerous.”
Nico De Battista (C)
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