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7:10am 2nd April 2013
(Updated 7:10am 2nd April 2013)

The Cornish Pirates return to action in the Championship on Sunday when they take on third-placed Bedford Blues at the Mennaye.

The two sides' most recent encounter at Goldington Road in November saw the Pirates on the wrong end of a 32-6 thrashing.

Cornish Pirates coach Harvey Biljon said his team will need to be on their game if they are to avoid a similar fate:

"What we're looking at is putting on a performance, playing against a very tough opponent at the Mennaye in front of our homecrowd. We need to, for want of a better phrase, front up and make sure we're ready mentally and physically.

"There's definitely been an edge with the players recognising how big a game this is not necessarily because of league possession or any of those sorts of things, but because of the challenge that Bedford bring. Our games against Bedford are always tough and we expect nothing less."

Bounce back

Redruth visit Shelford in National Two South on Saturday as they look to bounce back after three successive defeats

The Reds are third in the table, but a string of poor results have left their promotion hopes hanging by a thread.

Forwards coach Ashley Morcom has described it as a "must win game":

"We must remain positive and take out the huge plusses that have come out of each game.

"All the last three games we finished really well, but the problem is we give people a 25 minute headstart and then we're chasing the game, so it's key that we start well this weekend against Shelford. Obviously they're not far behind us in the league.

"If we don't come away with a good performance this weekend, and a good result we can kiss that goodbye. So if we've got to come away with a win this weekend it's the most definite just to keep ourselves in the hunt for that title."

Home advantage

Tthe Cornish All Blacks are hoping to make their home advantage count when they face Bournemouth at Polson Bridge on Saturday.

It is the first time Launceston have played in front of their own fans since February, when they beat Clifton 39-21.

Head Coach Cliff Rainford said: "After three weeks away from home playing away you really start to miss it and I think it'll be a big boost to us. If the weather stays nice, hopefully we'll have a big crowd down."

They remain sixth in the table, with the Lions down in twelfth.

But Rainford said there was no room to be complacent:

"You can never take anything for granted in this league you have to put your best game out.

"It doesn't matter whether it's struggling at the bottom or near the top, if you put your best game out then that's as much as you can do, but if you take these teams for granted then it can come back to bite you."

7:10am 2nd April 2013

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