Pi­rates braced for Hartpury back­lash

The Rugby Paper - - Greene King Ipa Championship -

PI­RATES coach Gavin Cat­tle is ex­pect­ing an­other fierce bat­tle with Hartpury af­ter see­ing them off 35-19 in the B&I Cup a fort­night ago.

Pi­rates beat Don­caster Knights last time out in the league and are look­ing to build on re­cent per­for­mances.

Cat­tle said: “Al­though we beat Hartpury in the Cup, it is in­evitably go­ing to be much tougher this week­end in the Cham­pi­onship.

“We are ex­pect­ing a lot more from them, as a num­ber of their more ex­pe­ri­enced play­ers come into the frame, whilst from our per­spec­tive it is im­por­tant that all the work we put in prior to the Don­caster game con­tin­ues, in our ef­fort to move for­ward.”

With both Dan Koster and Brett Beuke­boom hav­ing picked up knocks, there are two changes in per­son­nel from the XV that started at Don­caster.

Ni­co­las Coronel will make his first Cham­pi­onship start, part­ner­ing Pete Lav­er­ick in the cen­tre, and with a fit-again Alex Cheesman re­turn­ing at flanker. Hartpury have also changed two from the team that won at London Scot­tish two weeks ago.

Ed Coul­son makes his first Cham­pi­onship start for the club on the wing, while Harry Cochrane steps in at scrum-half. Coul­son scored for Hartpury in two re­cent B&I Cup matches, in­clud­ing a try on his club de­but ver­sus the Pi­rates.

On the bench, ex­pe­ri­ence re­turns in the form of for­mer Bris­tol back rower, Iain Grieve, and prop Tom Heard.

Young scrum-half Char­lie Chap­man also gets a chance, step­ping up from the BUCS Su­per Rugby team that won in mid­week.

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