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Cornish Pirates vs. Leeds
8:00am 3rd March 2013
The Cornish Pirates head to Leeds Carnegie looking for maximum points.
The two are level pegging in the Championship.
But our boys go into it trying to turn round last week's heavy loss at Newcastle and dogged by injury.
Backs coach Harvey Biljon is expecting another tough game: "We know there's going to be an extra edge. There are a fair few ex-pirates players who play for Leeds, so we know they will have done a lot of research on us. As for that, we just need to go there and put in the best performance that we can."
Former Pirates David Doherty, James Doherty, Mike Myerscough and Matt Smith play at Leeds, and have recently been joined by another former player, prop James Currie, who is on loan from Worcester Warriors.
Both teams are on 41 points in The Championship, but the Pirates hold the higher place having notched up one extra win.
Harvey added: "Leeds have openly said they want to be in the play offs. They feel they're a top four side. They've actually said they're a top two side. So the fact that they're sitting fifth in the league table you ask the question "How can they make a statement like that?" They want to beat us to make sure they can get into that top four"
The Pirates are still battling with injuries but welcome back to the starting line-up the centre pairing of Junior Fatialofa and Tom Riley, plus fly-half Kieran Hallett and wing Matt Evans.
In the forwards there are returns for front-rowers Paul Andrew (making his 99th appearance), Rob Elloway and Ben Prescott, lock David Lyons, and No. 8 Kyle Marriott who will skipper the side.
Cornish Pirates: G. Pointer, A. Smith, T. Riley, J. Fatialofa, M. Evans, K. Hallett, T. Kessell, K. Marriott (capt), A. Cheesman, P. Burgess, G. Johnson, D. Lyons, B. Prescott, R. Elloway, P. Andrew.
Replacements: R. Storer, D. Semmens, P. Joyce, D. Barry, J. Tyas, G. Cattle, A. Penberthy.
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