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Rugby: Moseley v Cornish Pirates preview February 20

By West Briton  |  Posted: February 20, 2014

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THE Cornish Pirates head to Birmingham tomorrow evening for their rescheduled Greene King Championship meeting with Moseley at Billesley Common (7.30pm kick-off).

The match was due to have been played two weeks ago, but was called off due to a waterlogged pitch and the Pirates suffered the same fate last Sunday as their home clash with London Welsh fell foul of the weather.

Moseley, however, did play at the weekend losing heavily 62-5 at Headingley against Leeds Carnegie but the Midlanders have targeted the Pirates game as one they expect to win and Ian Davies knows his team will be tested.

The Cornish Pirates Director of Rugby said: "Moseley always target their home games as ones they expect to win and to be honest we could have done without them getting beaten so heavily at Leeds.

"Leeds are on fire at the moment, but that said, Moseley are always a tough proposition and we know exactly what they will bring to the party."

Davies expects to stick with the squad he picked to face London Welsh for Friday's game and after two successive postponements the team just want to play.

"We had hoped that the Welsh game would go ahead because the boys are chomping at the bit after the disappointing draw with Ealing," he explained.

Frustrating

"Two weeks of not playing is frustrating and although we have put in some good sessions at Penwith College on their artificial pitch, it is not the same as playing."

He continued: "The plus side is that the break has given the likes of Alan Paver and Laurie McGlone more time to work on their fitness after their injury breaks but they both really need game time in their legs now."

Pirates scrum-half Gavin Cattle is also nearing a return to action after his injury lay-off and Davies hopes that he could be back for either the home game against Jersey or the trip to Bristol at the start of next month.

However, the immediate challenge for the Cornish Pirates will be to register their first league success of 2014 at a ground where they have drawn on each of their last three visits.

Moseley, beaten three times at Billesley Common so far this season, last recorded a win over the Pirates on home soil in April 2008 in a 29-20 success. Only Alan Paver and Rob Elloway survive in the Pirates squad from that day.

Cornish Pirates (from): Fatialofa, Goss, Hendrickson, Holland, James, Jones, Kessell, Moyle, Pope, Riley, Sinclair, Evans; Andrew, Barry, Cahill, Carpenter, Elloway, Graulich, Patrick, Prescott, Stevens, Davies, Cheesman, Dancer, Morgan, Parker, Bodilly, Bolwell, Hallett, Duncan, McGlone, Paver, Carrick-Smith.

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