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Weekend Rugby Round Up
2:02pm 14th December 2012
The Cornish Pirates fight to stay top of their pool in the British and Irish Cup.
They face Swansea on Saturday for the second time in as many weeks.
Our lads won at home last Sunday.
Assistant Coach Harvey Biljon is still hoping for improvements away:
“We’ve had the luxury that we’ve played them once now, we feel that we’ve worked out a couple of areas that we can exploit and now for that going away to Wales where we’ve historically not been very good putting in a better performance than we did last weekend.
“We’re starting to really get into things now. We want to win the game this weekend because we maintain our top position in the pool of the British and Irish Cup.”
The Cornish Pirates make a number of changes this Saturday from the side that started against Swansea on Sunday.
Skipper Gavin Cattle returns at scrum-half, Tom Bedford moves from centre to wing, and Tom Riley and Junior Fatialofa will form the midfield pairing. Changes in the pack are all in the back-row where Laurie McGlone starts at No. 8. It will be his 100th appearance for the club since joining from Coventry in 2009, and Kyle Marriott moves to the flank in place of Joe Buckle.
The expected line-ups for Saturday are as follows:-
Swansea: R. Williams, N. Harwood, L. Price, B. Roberts, N. Brooks, S. Davies, A. Lewis, D. Baker, J. Bija, J. McKenna, R. Hughes, B. Fox, I. Williams, P. John (capt), N. Smith.
Replacements: I. Dobbs, M. Norman, N. Thomas, D. Blyth, R. Dudley-Jones, W. Batcup, A. Jenkins.
Cornish Pirates: W. Davies, T. Bedford, T. Riley, J. Fatialofa, B. Mercer, K. Hallett, G. Cattle (capt), L. McGlone, K. Marriott, J. Tyas, D. Barry, D. Lyons, P. Joyce, R. Elloway, R,. Storer
Replacements: P. Andrew, D. Semmens, B. Prescott, O. Hambly, A. Cheesman, T. Kessell, K. Moyle.
In National Two, Redruth are hoping to make it five wins on the trot.
On the pitch, they are at home to Clifton.
Off the pitch, the club is still battling a cash shortfall.
Coach Ashley Morcom is urging Reds fans to turn up in numbers:
“Just come along and try and get out and help Redruth stay as Redruth and not go under. We wouldn’t want just to disappear like some other clubs have as of late. I want to be talking about Redruth for the rest of my life and hopefully my children’s lives as well.
“Momentum’s in our favour now. We’ve got a winning habit. It’s always nice to have that. We’d like to think by the end of Saturday that we can draw a line under the first half of the season and say ‘job done’, tick next to it and away we go.”
Launceston are away at Worthing looking for their sixth win on the trot.
2:02pm 14th December 2012
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