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Cornish Pirates Set For 'Tricky Customer'

Cornish Pirates Set For 'Tricky Customer'

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 7:03am 31st December 2016. (Updated at 9:52am 31st December 2016)

The Cornish Pirates say they are 'ready for the challenge' as they welcome Nottingham.

The team is still celebrating their Christmas Eve victory over Ealing - which saw them win 16-22.

Despite the win, Coach Gavin Cattle says they are not taking it easy - and are determined to clinch the home win.

He believes it will be a tricky match and a real challenge - but there is no reason why they can't win.

He said: "Putting that performance on at home is really important to us, because we haven't been where we needed to be the last couple of home games.

"So, the boys are pretty pumped for that, you always want to go out with the intention of winning - but Nottingham are a tricky, tricky customer, so it's another big challenge for us on the weekend."

The boys are now keen to end 2016 with another victory as the fifth versus sixth encounter kicks off on New Year's Eve - and they are preparing for a big holiday crowd at the Mennaye Field, Penzance.

Gavin said: "The big thing for us is backing a performance at home - we've had a couople of disappointing results recently at home and it's about replicating that performance,

"The way the conditions have been this week there's certainly no reason why not, the boys are certainly focussed once again and keen to put on a show for our home support."

The Pirates make just one change from the squad selected for the visit to Ealing last weekend, with a fit again Jack Andrew replacing Alan Paver on the bench. The game will alslo mark a special occasion for props Tyler Gendall and Marlen Walker, who will both be making their 50th appearance for the club.

Coach Alan Paver said: "The input and endeavour from the players has been good these past few weeks, culminating in a thoroughly deserved and welcome win away to Ealing last weekend.

"Importantly, we stuck to task and put our foot down in the second half to eventually achieve the result sought, which provided a terrific feeling.

"Now playing Nottingham at home on Saturday, we fully respect them as another tough and well-coached side. A high energy, physical encounter is on the menu, where we aim to maintain a focus and put our stamp on a rugby match set for supporters to enjoy."

The Cornish Pirates full selection for Saturday is as follows:

Cornish Pirates: 15 Toby May, 14 Jack Arnott, 13 Max Bodilly, 12 Nicolas De Battista, 11 Kyle Moyle, 10 Laurence May, 9 Stuart Townsend; 1 Marlen Walker, 2 Tom Channon, 3 Tyler Gendall, 4 Chris Morgan (capt), 5 Brett Beukeboom, 6 Sam Simmonds, 7 Alex Cheesman, 8 Tom Duncan.

Replacements: 16 Jack Innard, 17 Jack Andrew, 18 Jake Parker, 19 Dan Lee, 20 Alex Day, 21 Will Cargill, 22 Bar Bartlett.

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