15 November, 2019
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League / Cup
Scheduled to play a Greene King IPA Championship Round 6 match away to London Scottish on Friday evening (ko 7.45pm), the Cornish Pirates will travel with incentive aplenty to secure victory.
Having not only suffered a narrow 24-20 cup match loss against ‘Scottish’ at the Athletic Ground back in September, it will also be remembered that the Pirates last away win against Friday’s opponents was in September 2011. Also, of course, hopes will be to record a result to at least hold on to second place in the league.
Naming the same set of backs as have started in recent matches, there are though three changes in the Pirates pack from the one that faced Ampthill last Sunday. James McRae is selected at No 8, Tom Cowan Dickie at hooker and Craig Mitchell at tight-head prop, the trio swapping places with Tom Duncan, Dan Frost and Jay Tyack who are all named on the bench. Should he make an appearance as a replacement this Friday evening, it would mark fly-half Will Cargill’s 100th game for the Cornish Pirates.
Speaking ahead of the Friday evening’s match, Director of Rugby Chris Stirling has commented:
We are aware that London Scottish have a team, with quality, who are capable of beating anyone on their day.
From our perspective, however, the aim will be to finish this opening bloc of six league games in the fashion desired. We suffered a frustrating defeat against Newcastle Falcons but a 5-1 return would see us sitting in a good place.
Having played on Sunday it has been a short week, but we came through relatively unscathed and our training and prep has been good ahead of this weekend’s game.
Javier Rojas Alvarez
Brett Beukeboom (c)