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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 3:19pm 10th October 2014

The Cornish Pirates welcome the Bedford Blues.

It is their first British and Irish cup match of the season.

The Pirates will be focusing on the cup for the next three weeks.

Last week they defeated the Doncaster Knights 24-22.

Now they are hoping for their third win in a row.

Player Coach Gavin Cattle tells us it will be a tough test.

He said: "We have picked a bit of momentum up, training has gone really well since the start of the season, although the results didn't quite go our way the first few games, we've been pretty happy with the response of the players and the attitude, Bedford are quite similar to us, they lost their first three games and have picked up a bit of momentum now.

"We are pretty excited because we've got a few changes this week, a few boys have been putting their hands up in training who haven't had the opportunity to pay yet, you know just to see where we're at as a squad, but pretty happy the way training is going and the way the squad is coming together now, so this week will certainly be a test."

Director of Rugby Ian Davies said: "We are all aware that Bedford Blues take the Cup seriously and that they have a proud record in previous competitions.

"The Blues started their season slowly but they have come into a bit of form of recent, and because we also take the Cup seriously a bit of a battle is naturally expected this weekend."

Cornish Pirates:   15 Craig Holland, 14 Kieran Goss, 13 Alex Dancer, 12, Rheon James, 11 Luke Jones, 10 Kieran Hallett, 9 Tom Kessell, 8 Todd Lowry, 7 Alex Cheesman, 6 Chris Morgan (capt), 5 Will Carrick Smith, 4 Will Graulich, 3 Tyler Gendall, 2 Tom Channon, 1 Jamal Ford-Robinson.
Replacements:   16 Aaron Carpenter, 17 Jack Andrew, 18 Jake Parker, 19 Joe Atkinson, 20 Laurence May, 21 Bertie Hopkin, 22 Oliver Snook.

Elsewhere Launceston are away at Dorking.

They are looking to make up for last week's defeat.

The Cornish All Blacks have only got two wins under their belt so far this season.

But coaches reckon they are on the tip of great things.

Forwards coach Mike Lewis says there are two buzz words in the changing room, he said: "Confidence and belief, the confidence to just literally try things, we've got some very good players in the squad but I just don't believe they know how good they are, and they aren't playing to their potential, so trying to eek every last little percent out of those players, and when we do its going to come, it's definitely going to come.

"Really positive, we're coming off the back off a couple of wins and a very narrow loss last week, they know that they can perform as one of the top teams in this league, Dorking are up there as well and we're going in with an air of confidence but at the same time with a bit of respect for them."

And Redruth are home to Canterbury.

It is after their very narrow 12-13 miss to Old Elthamians last week, after leading through most of the match.

Last time the two met, the away team won 46-22.

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