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Cornish Pirates prop to make 300th appearance against Knights

By Rhod_Mitchell  |  Posted: February 08, 2013

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Cornish Pirates prop Alan Paver will make his 300th appearance for the club on Sunday as they take on relegation threatened Doncaster Knights at the Mennaye Field (2.30pm).

After a three week break from action the Pirates settle in for two successive home ties in the RFU Championship and have named a strong line-up to tackle a Yorkshire side with only two league wins under their belt this season.

Gavin Cattle will lead the side from scrum-half with the backs having a largely settled look about them. The only change sees Matt Evans make a long awaited return from injury as he bids to finally add to his seven tries so far this season.

Up front Darren Semmens gets the nod at hooker with Darren Barry partnering Gary Johnson in the second row. Phil Burgess, Kyle Marriott and Laurie McGlone make up a strong back row.

Also back from injury is wing/full-back Grant Pointer who is named on the bench but there is no place for new signing Ashley Smith.

Doncaster chief Clive Griffiths has made just two changes to his side's line up for Sunday's game

The first switch is only a positional move as Connor Braid makes his first start in the centres, partnering Will Simpson in the midfield.

The back three remain unchanged with Michael Keating looking to light up the backline under the orchestration of housemate Tom Luke who returns to outside-half.

Luke will be hoping to pull the strings in a similar manner as he did last season against his former club the Pirates in the ten jersey; lining up alongside Joe Bedford who has impressed since his arrival at Castle Park.

The only change in the pack sees Will Hafu preferred at openside flanker as Griffiths hopes his energy and skills can open the bridge between forwards and backs. Elsewhere the set-piece is unchanged as the Knights front eight look to continue their dominance on the road.

Cornish Pirates:- Davies, Mercer, Riley, Fatialofa, Evans, Hallett, Cattle (capt); Andrew, Semmens, Paver, Barry, Johnson, Marriott, Burgess, McGlone.

Replacements – Storer, Elloway, Prescott, Lyons, Maidment, Kessell, Pointer.

Doncaster Knights: Keating; Flockhart, Braid, Simpson, Lewis, Luke, Bedford; Davies, Buckley, Francis, Challinor, Parsons, Kettle, Hafu, Planchant.

 Replacements: McGovern, Cronin, Bergmanis, Smith, Pailor, Hallam, Lennard

Referee – M.Carley (RFU)

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