6 March, 2021
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This Saturday will see the Cornish Pirates welcome Saracens to the Mennaye Field for their opening game in this season’s belated Greene King IPA Championship. The kick-off is at 3pm.
Local rugby supporters of a certain vintage will remember that mighty Saracens were regular visitors to the Mennaye Field in decades past, with their last journey to the far south-west one for a Powergen Cup contest back in 2003.
Joint head coach Alan Paver, who was man-of-the-match against Saracens at the ‘Mennaye’ back in 2003, is looking forward to this weekend’s encounter. He has commented:
We obviously understand the task in hand but having said that have played certain other fine sides in the past and have done extremely well.
It is important to take confidence from the fact that we have got a good solid workmanlike squad that also put in a fine performance last week against Jersey Reds who have traditionally been tough opponents.
Yes, Saracens come with a badge of success, but there is also a need to understand that we are the Cornish Pirates and will live and die for our badge, therefore I am anticipating it to be extremely physical and exciting.
Following their single warm-up game at home to Jersey Reds, a couple of Pirates players have picked up injuries. Club captain Nicolas De Battista will miss the game – No. 8 Tom Duncan takes on the skipper role – and Callum Patterson is the other player unavailable.
DA Giles is the Match Day Sponsor and the Match Ball Sponsor is Chris Nicholls Motors.
Although Saturday’s ‘Sea Warriors’ versus ‘Desert Warriors’ fixture has inevitably attracted considerable interest, with an invasion expected by certain members of the national media, everyone will be aware that because of present Covid restrictions it will not be possible to accommodate supporters at the game. However, the match will be streamed ‘live’ with a pay per view opportunity available. For further details please visit www.cornish-pirates.com which also displays a link to https://www.championshiprugby.co.uk/live-streams
Tom Duncan (c)
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