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Wounded Pirates eager to end winless streak

By The Cornishman  |  Posted: January 30, 2014

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THE Cornish Pirates will be looking to return to winning ways in the Greene King Championship on Sunday when they face bottom of the table Ealing Trailfinders at the Mennaye Field (2pm).

Defeats at Rotherham Titans and London Scottish last Saturday, have seen the Pirates go through January without a league win.

And in the aftermath of a dismal 25-6 loss in the capital against the Exiles, Director of Rugby Ian Davies has called for a reaction from his squad.

"I want a big reaction and a big attitude shift from those picked this weekend," he said. "Not picking up any points at London Scottish has made things difficult for us but it was the manner of our second half performance which really annoyed me because we posed no threat."

Ealing will make their first ever trip to the Mennaye Field still rooted to the foot of the table in 12th place, but within striking distance of escaping the drop as they currently trail Jersey, in 11th, by four points.

The London side suffered a defeat on the road at Moseley last time out but have improved greatly after losing their first nine games in the Championship.

Pushed

Two wins in their last four matches, at Jersey and Nottingham, have proven that they cannot be taken for granted especially on the road.

Back in September the Pirates won 31-17 at Vallis Way running in five tries, but were pushed hard all the way.

And they can expect the same again this weekend from an Ealing side likely to contain former Pirates trio Matt Evans, Ryan Storer and Tom Bedford.

Davies continued: "Ealing are up to speed with the Championship now and are putting performances together. They are picking up points, scoring tries and are dangerous."

"We went up there with a certain game plan in September because it was their first home game.

"But they just kept going at us even then like a little Scottish terrier."

And he added: "This game was originally scheduled for Friday night and the switch to Sunday might hurt us a bit more than in other games because we knew they would travel on the day and lose some players due to work commitments. That isn't the case now."

The Pirates reported no fresh injury concerns after last weekend's game with Davies explaining that prop Ben Prescott's early substitution was for "tactical reasons".

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.

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