VIDEO: Chris Morgan privileged to lead Cornish Pirates at Worthing
Cornish Pirates forward Chris Morgan says it is always an honour to lead out the side as he prepares to take the captain’s armband in Saturday’s friendly at Worthing (3pm).
The 31-year-old endured a difficult 2012-13 Championship campaign last season, featuring just five times for the club due to an arm injury.
However, the former Bristol and Newbury flanker featured in Pirates’ triangular tournament successes over the Cornish All Blacks and St Austell last weekend.
And he will now lead the Pirates in their third pre-season match at newly-promoted National League One side Worthing.
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“It is a great privilege to lead the side out at any time,” said Morgan. “Obviously, we have some great senior players at the club. Gavin Cattle is our captain and we have Kyle Marriott, Alan Paver, Laurie McGlone and many more.
“And with all those guys around, it is always a privilege to be selected to do it.
“I feel great now. Unfortunately, last season came to an end for me sooner than we would have liked. And because I wasn’t able to get involved at the end last season, I’m really keen to get stuck in this year.”
The Pirates were simply too strong for Launceston and St Austell at Polson Bridge. They played two 40-minute games, winning 26-0 and 54-0 respectively.
“We’re looking for a bit of a sterner test than what we had last week,” said Morgan. “Launceston and St Austell enabled us to have a good hit-out when we played two different teams in the 40-minute segments.
“It was great to get out there for half a game, get the ball in our hands, run around and can that first bit of contact.
“We went into the games with a definite plan to get through the patterns we have been working on and to get used to the new scrum laws. In terms of our general play, we have learned a lot about different combinations between us.
“Now it is away to Worthing, who have just gone up to National League One. We will play closer to a full 80 minutes, hopefully and start building on our game plan and a few more patterns ready for the next step up in the games coming up against Saracens.”
Pirates play Saracens on August 22 before taking on a Cornish XV on August 30 and then another triangular tournament with St Austell and Cinderford on August 31. Their final pre-season game is against University of Bath on September 7. Pirates’ Championship season starts at Sandy Park against Bristol on September 15.
Cornish Pirates: Holland; Jones, Riley, James, Ticknell; Sinclair, Kessell; Andrew, Elloway, Maidment; Barry, Sandford; Morgan (capt), Cheeseman, Marriott. Replacements: Paver, Brown, Davies, Johnson, Patrick, Atkinson, Parker, Pope, Hallett, Fatialofa, Bodily.