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Cornish Pirates to rotate side for crucial encounter

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: February 16, 2013

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Cornish Pirates head coach Ian Davies has been forced into changes ahead of their Championship game against London Scottish tomorrow.

The Exiles arrive at Mennaye Field in fine form, having beaten Bedford Blues and Nottingham in recent league games.

Davies admits Pirates need a victory to enhance their prospects for a top-four play-off place. He said: "We have spoken about what we need to do to get into that top four because it is particularly tight this season.

"It is nip and tuck in the Championship at the moment. Traditionally they have always been good games between us, where we both score tries and play a bit. Maybe this time, weather conditions and the pitch could dictate what happens."

Hooker Rob Elloway returns to the starting line-up for what will be his 151st appearance for the club.

Ben Prescott continues at tight-head prop having replaced the injured Alan Paver early in the match against Doncaster Knights last weekend and, in the second-row, David Lyons is named to partner Darren Barry.

Flanker Kyle Marriott will captain the side as Tom Kessell replaces club skipper Gavin Cattle at scrum-half.

Meanwhile, Pirates trio Aaron Penberthy, Owen Hambly and Tom Duncan are all set to start for Redruth in their National League Two South clash at Chinnor.

Cornish Pirates (team to face London Scottish): Davies; Mercer, Riley, Fatialofa, Evans; Hallett, Kessell; Andrew, Elloway, Prescott; Lyons, Barry; Marriott (capt), Burgess, McGlone. Replacements: Storer, Semmens, Joyce, Johnson, Maidment, Cattle, Pointer.

Redruth (team to face Chinnor): Westren; D Bonds, C Bonds, Simmons, Kellythorn; Penberthy, Goodfellow; Job, Brown, C Williams; Cook, Rayment; Fuca (capt), Hambly, Duncan. Replacements: Hosking, Notman, Jacques, Broadbank, Turner.

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