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League / Cup

Greene King IPA Championship Rd 12

Stadium

Ashton Gate, Bristol

Date

friday, 22 December, 2017

Kick Off

19:45

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Pirates Travel to Face Unbeaten League Leaders

Returning to Greene King IPA Championship action this week, for the Cornish Pirates their second half of the campaign starts on Friday evening with a Round 12 encounter away to Bristol Rugby (ko 7.45pm).

Top dogs Bristol have won all 11 league games played this season, in the process scoring 470 points for and 216 against – giving a huge points difference of 254. As for the sixth-placed Pirates, their record reads 338 points for and 294 against, a points difference of 44.

After two weeks of playing in their respective British & Irish Cup pools, on a return to the Championship campaign both teams will be looking for good performances at Ashton Gate.

The Cornish Pirates are aware that an inevitably tough task lies ahead, however they pushed the unbeaten leaders really close before losing 31-29 when the two teams met at the Mennaye Field in September – the result Bristol Rugby’s tightest yet in the Championship this season.

In a side captained by centre Nicolas De Battista, for the Pirates there are returns to action for wing Alex O’Meara, flanker Alex Cheesman and prop for Marlen Walker, neither of whom featured again Scarlets Premiership Select last Sunday.

Speaking ahead of Friday’s encounter, coach Gavin Cattle has said:

Playing at one of the best stadiums in England, a game like this is one we are very much looking forward to. Obviously all the cameras will be there, as Bristol play an attacking brand of rugby that is exciting to watch. It’s a big challenge and something we’ll have to look to nullify, whilst also hoping for a chance to in turn express ourselves in attack.

Friday evening’s match is being shown on Sky Sports television, whilst BBC Radio Cornwall are also providing full match commentary via the following ‘on-line’ link:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/live/rugby-union/42045414

Cornish Pirates Line Up

Starting 15

15

Toby May

14

Alex O'Meara

13

Pete Laverick

12

Nicolas De Battista (c)

11

Kyle Moyle

10

Will Cargill

9

Alex Day

1

Marlen Walker

2

Dan Frost

3

Christian Judge

4

Josh Caulfield

5

Toby Freeman

6

Rupert Cooper

7

Alex Cheesman

8

Tom Lawday

Replacements

16

James Fish

17

Jack Andrew

18

Chris Morgan

19

Tom Duncan

20

Mike Pope

21

Laurence May

22

Dan Koster