Ealing Trailfinders v Cornish Pirates preview


Phil Westren's Preview

Saturday 24th December 2016
Greene King IPA Championship Rd 12
Trailfinders Sports Club
Kick Off 2pm 

The final game for the Cornish Pirates before Christmas sees a return to Championship action and a visit to Ealing Trailfinders on Christmas Eve. 

The Trailfinders are currently third in the league table and the Pirates eighth, so yet another tough game is expected, as was the case when the teams drew 31-all at the Mennaye in September. 

Team News

On their hunt for Christmas bounty the Pirates side sees a number of changes to the one that lost narrowly at home to London Irish in the British & Irish Cup last Sunday.

Eight players make a return to the starting XV, full-back Toby May, wing Kyle Moyle, centre Nicolas De Battista, half-backs Laurence May and Stuart Townsend, lock Brett Beukeboom, and back-rowers Sam Simmonds and Tom Duncan.

 “We have gone back to the drawing board a bit this week and also looked at tactics, which will hopefully put us in good stead for this weekend against a very good Ealing Trailfinders team.” Said Co-Coach Gavin Cattle

“With able personnel the Trailfinders have quickly developed and through their recruitment also have a strong set-piece, which is an area where we will need to compete.”

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.

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

Will was joined on the phone by Alan Paver, Joint Coach of the Pirates on today's Morning Show for a preview of tomorrow's match against Ealing. You can hear the full pre-match preview below.