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Cornish Pirates ring the changes for trip to Bedford Blues

By Rhod_Mitchell  |  Posted: November 22, 2012

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The Cornish Pirates and Bedford Blues both make changes to their line-ups for tomorrow night's big game in the RFU Championship at Goldington Road (7.45pm), writes Dick Straughan.

With only one of the Exeter Chiefs dual-registered players available, the Pirates have turned to Bath bringing in JJ Kilmartin for his first Championship start for the Cornish side.

He previously played against Carmarthen Quins in the Cup and comes in at full-back for Wes Davies who is unwell.

The backs otherwise remain unchanged, with Gavin Cattle again leading the side from scrum-half after impressive displays in recent weeks, but in the front row Alan Paver and Paul Andrew come in for Ryan Storer and Ben Prescott respectively.

Darren Barry is preferred at lock to David Lyons, while head coach Ian Davies opts to stick with the same back row he used against Rotherham.

On the bench Exete's Jack Yeandle takes over from Darren Semmens and flanker Joe Buckle, a try scorer at Doncaster in September, joins Kilmartin on loan from Bath. 

Bedford will be without talisman James Pritchard, who is on international duty for Canada. Ollie Dodge (knee), Chris Locke (knee) and James Stephenson (toe) are all still missing with injury.

The Blues make six changes to the team which defeated Doncaster with Darren Fearn, Neil Cochrane and Phil Boulton starting in the front row in place of Ricky Reeves, Scott Spurling and Dan Seal who all move to the bench.

 Sacha Harding takes the captain's armband and starts at openside flanker, Ben Gulliver starts against his former employer in the second row while Luke Baldwin gets the nod at scrum half.

Cornish Pirates: JJ Kilmartin,  Pointer, Riley, Fatialofa, Mercer, Penberthy, Cattle (capt); McGlone,  Burgess, Maidment, Johnson, Barry, Paver, Elloway, Andrew.

Replacements:   Prescott, Yeandle, Lyons, Buckle, Kessell, Hallett, Cheesman.

Bedford Blues: Atkinson, Kohler, Burke, Staff, Bassett, Sharp, Baldwin; Fearn, Cochrane, Boulton, Howard, Gulliver, Gillanders, Harding, Tupai (capt)

Replacements – Spurling, Seal, Reeves, Rae, Barrell, Veenendaal, Vass

Referee – G.MacDonald (RFU)

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