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1:56pm 8th November 2013


Bedford visit the Mennaye to face a Cornish Pirates team determined to turn them over.

The last four times the two have met in stage one of the Championship the Blues have won.

This is the Pirates' first game playing back on a Sunday.

Backs coach Harvey Biljon said: "We've got an opportunity to turn them over at the weekend. We need to focus on that and make sure we take our opportunities when they come. There's never an easy game against Bedford and we need to make sure we capitalise on everything we get at the weekend.

"It's a pretty exciting fixture, the games between the Pirates and Bedford are always very entertaining and this won't be any different. Our support is always behind us, hopefully we'll get a few more people through the gates and given the chance they're going to turn up the bulk volume and get behind us."

The Cornish Pirates selection is as follows:-

Cornish Pirates:   15 Craig Holland 14 Mike Pope 13 Tom Riley 12 Junior Fatialofa 11 Kieran Goss 10 Kieran Hallett 9 Tom Kessell 8 Laurie McGlone 7 Alex Cheesman 6 Chris Morgan (capt) 5 Darren Barry 4 James Sandford 3 Alan Paver 2 Tom Channon 1 Shane Cahill.

Replacements:   16  Rob Elloway 17 Jack Andrew 18 Ben Prescott 19 Neale Patrick 20 Jake Parker 21 Luke Jones 22  Rheon James.

Referee:   Simon Harding (RFU)      Assistants:   Phil Watters & Dino Maddern   

Match Day Sponsor:   Jewson

The Cornish All Blacks are on the road for the second week running.

Our boys are at Southend on Saturday, still without an away win this season.

Patchy results mean they are fourth from bottom in League Two.

But Launceston head coach Cliff Rainsford said they can crack it: "I'm still not convinced being away is the factor. I think it's a little bit of up and down. We have the euphoria one week of winning some great games at home and then the next week we come down off that high a little bit and struggle.

"We were sat in 13th place and between us and third there were only ten points, which is only two wins. So potentially two wins can put you back in the top six. Once you get to Christmas positions become important then. We just need to concentrate on performance."

Elsewhere and Redruth welcome London Irish WG to the Rec.

The visitors thrashed Launceston in League Two last week.

But the Reds are feeling confident after a run of close fought games and the arrival of some fresh legs.

Head coach Ashley Morcom told Pirate FM: "We're actually looking quite strong coming up to the next few weeks. Sam Parsons has just come back from long term travelling; Paul Thirlby's just come back from a long term injury. Sam Matavesi's on loan from Plymouth, we're hoping that can hold on to those players for a long time now and build something for the future."

"It's important that we push on real hard for the next few weeks. We've got a lot of hard games coming up in November so we're hoping that come December we're in a strong position and hopefully that will carry us through for the rest of the season."

1:56pm 8th November 2013

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