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5 May, 2023
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League / Cup
This Friday evening will see the Cornish Pirates welcome new league champions Jersey Reds to the Mennaye Field, for what will be the first Championship Cup semi-final of the weekend (ko 7.30pm).
A likely big crowd is expected for such an important fixture, with the contest clearly one of those games not to be missed.
An injury hit squad means there are inevitably several changes in the Pirates team from the one that faced Richmond away in last weekend’s final league game of the season. Indeed, there are five in a rejigged back line which sees Arwel Robson return at fly-half, Carwyn Penny selected at full-back, and Arthur Relton on the wing. Garyn Smith and a fit again Rory Parata will also form a new centre pairing. As for the forwards, Will Crane is named at hooker and, with skipper John Stevens to this week wear the number ‘6’ shirt, Will Gibson starts at open-side flanker.
Speaking ahead of Friday’s encounter, Cornish Pirates’ joint head coach Gavin Cattle has commented:
“Firstly, we must congratulate Jersey on winning the league, which is of considerable credit to them. A magnificent team this year, and with a great set piece, they will inevitably be keen to do the double.
“Following last week’s game at Richmond, where we picked up certain unfortunate injuries, we have endeavoured to look after bodies a bit and prepare mentally ahead of this week’s match, when we need to feel right physically and then strive to give of our best.
“It will be a massive challenge and a bit of a battle for our spirited players. They have shown great heart this season, and to be played in front of an expected big crowd – our 16th man – we’ll do ‘what can’ for what is in our control.”
Tickets: Tickets for the game will be available at the gates on the day from 5.30pm, whilst in the meantime they can also be purchased on-line. For further information please visit:
John Stevens (C)