10 December, 2022
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League / Cup
Next up for the Cornish Pirates is a Round 9 game in the RFU Championship away to Caldy on Saturday (ko 2pm).
On their first ever visit to Caldy’s Paton Field, which was also the first ever meeting between the two sides, the Pirates last month won 26-7 in the Cup.
The Wirral based Caldy side, nicknamed ‘The Ravers’, proved doughty opponents on their own patch and the Pirates are aware not to take anything for granted in this eleventh versus seventh clash, as they go in search of their fifth league match win of the season.
Changes from the selected starting XV that ran out against Ealing Trailfinders last Saturday sees Carwyn Penny named at full-back, with AJ Cant moving to the left wing in place of the injured Arthur Relton, whilst in the pack Olly Adkins is selected at loose-head prop and Rusiate Tuima returns at number 8.
Speaking ahead of the team’s trip up north, Cornish Pirates’ joint head coach Gavin Cattle has commented:
“Back to league action for a second week running, we expect Caldy to have a strengthened side to the one we played in the Cup, including the Dickinson brothers. Number 8 ‘JJ’ is long-serving talismanic leader and experienced lock Sam has in the past achieved Premiership honours with Northampton Saints.
“We also expect an emotional fightback following their narrow defeat against London Scottish last weekend but having said that we are in the same boat. A lot of emotion was put into the Ealing game and having fallen short on the day we have to focus on achieving results that will hopefully start to see us ultimately climb the league table.”
John Stevens (C)