Cornish Pirates make three changes for Leeds clash
Cornish Pirates boss Ian Davies make three changes to his starting line-up ahead of tomorrow night's Championship clash with Leeds at the Mennaye Field (7.45pm), writes Dick Straughan.
After a gruelling physical battle against Bristol just four days ago, the Pirates will have to do without wing Matt Evans who strained a hamstring and was forced to leave the field during the second half of Sunday`s 23-21 win.
His absence hands a Championship debut to South African-born Kieran Goss who joined the club in the summer from Eastern Province Kings.
That is the only change in the backs, while up front Gary Johnson, a replacement against Bristol, comes in to the second row instead of Darren Barry. In the back row Alex Cheesman takes over from Joel Conlon.
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On the bench, Max Maidment makes up a substitute front row with Aaron Carpenter and Jack Andrew. Summer signings Will Graulich and Jake Parker are also set for their Championship debuts.
Carnegie Head Coach James Lowes has also named his side .
Lowes has re-jigged his pack due to knocks picked up at Doncaster.
In the forwards there has been three changes with Ben Harris coming in for Lee Imiolek and Phil Nilsen starting at hooker, with Joe Graham named on the bench.
James Doyle, who joined the club on loan from Sale Sharks, also comes into the starting line up, with Nathan Hannay named amongst the replacements.
In the backs Josh Griffin, who came on as a replacement early in the season opener against Nottingham for Pete Lucock, starts at centre.
Cornish Pirates:- Holland, Tincknell, Riley, James, Goss, Hallett, Cattle (capt); Paver, Elloway, Prescott, Sandford, Johnson, Morgan, Cheesman, McGlone
Replacements – Carpenter, Andrew, Maidment, Graulich, Parker, Kessell, Sinclair.
Leeds: David Doherty; Jonah Holmes, Josh Griffin Fred Burdon, Oli Goss, Glyn Hughes, Craig Hampson; Ben Harris, Phil Nilsen, Damien Tussac; Mike Myerscough, Calum Green; Jacob Rowan (c), James Doyle, Ryan Burrows
Replacements: Joe Graham, Sam Lockwood, Jake Armstrong, Nathan Hannay, Shaun Jones, Pete Lucock, Alex Lozowski.
Referee – R.Campbell (RFU)