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RUGBY: Pirates vs Bedford
7:05am 13th December 2014
7:05am 13th December 2014
The Cornish Pirates head to Bedford - with a point to prove.
Our lads suffered an agonising defeat at the hands of Doncaster Knights in the B&I Cup last weekend.
But if they can beat the Blues - again - they are still in with a chance of the quarter finals.
Director of rugby Ian Davies spoke to Pirate FM from the team bus and said:" That's what we've spoken about this week, it's playing for the full 80 minutes as we did against Bedford in the league match where we put in a fantastic performance and we did the same at Cross Keys away so we've proved that we can do it. We just need to find that consistency."
Three weeks ago the Pirates battered the Blues with a 65-14 points win in the Championship.
"I'm sure they'll be smarting from that. You don't score that many points often in rugby. They have an outside chance of going through as well so it's a double motivation for them. We don't have a great record at Bedford but records are made to be broken."
There are a number of changes from the team that started against Doncaster Knights, including the return to the starting line-up of skipper Chris Morgan. Tom Channon is back in at hooker; Alan Paver starts at tight-head prop, and the club's top points' scorer Kieran Hallett returns at fly-half. Laurence May moves to full-back, Max Bodilly switches to one wing berth, with Kieran Goss taking the other, and another returnee, Tom Riley, will partner Alex Dancer in the centre.
Ian Davies added: "A win is our ultimate target but we know this still may not see us through to the quarter-finals. As such, we have set performance targets too so that the match result is not the only focus."
Cornish Pirates: 15 Laurence May, 14 Kieran Goss, 13 Tom Riley, 12 Alex Dancer, 11 Max Bodilly, 10 Kieran Hallett, 9 Tom Kessell; 1 Jack Andrew, 2 Tom Channon, 3 Alan Paver, 4 Will Carrick Smith, 5 Darren Barry, 6 Chris Morgan (capt), 7 Joe Atkinson, 8 Matt Bolwell.
Replacements: 16 Dean Brooker, 17 Jamal Ford-Robinson, 18 Francisco Deformes, 18 Laurie McGlone, 20 Joel Conlon, 21 Gavin Cattle, 22 Rheon James.
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