Paver tells Pi­rates to take their chances

The Rugby Paper - - Greene King Ipa Championship -

AF­TER see­ing his side come up just short 28-26 at Carnegie last Sun­day, head coach Alan Paver has chal­lenge his team to make their op­por­tu­ni­ties count to­day as they search for only their sec­ond win of the sea­son.

Full-back Tom May cap­tains the side with Ni­co­las De Bat­tista drop­ping to the bench hav­ing taken a knock against Carnegie.

Paver said: “Ev­ery game is tough and it comes down to a few de­ci­sions that can go ei­ther for or against you.

“This will pro­vide an­other test, as our op­po­nents are mak­ing ter­rific strides, play a very good brand of rugby and move the ball well across the park.

“It will be up to us to cre­ate and ap­ply pres­sure in the right ar­eas, and im­por­tantly cap­i­talise on chances that arise. Not­ting­ham are ex­tremely well coached and have play­ers who have re­sponded so it’s a chal­lenge we will re­spect.”

Prop Jack An­drew, who will be mak­ing his 100th ap­pear­ance for the Pi­rates, cen­tre Dan Koster and lock Toby Free­man come into the side. If given a call off the bench, it would be a de­but ap­pear­ance for scrum-half An­gus Tay­lor.

Not­ting­ham head coach Ian Costello makes three changes to the side that de­feated Hart­pury 31-28 last weekened. Hooker Jimmy Stevens re­turns in place of Ben Brownlie, Ton­gan in­ter­na­tional Vili Hakalo comes into the cen­tre and Will Mil­lett starts at full-back.

The Green and Whites will be look­ing for back-to­back wins for the first time this sea­son and to end their first block of six league games on a high, be­fore their B&I Cup cam­paign.

Pi­rates came out on top in both meet­ings be­tween the sides last sea­son.

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