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Carnegie v C Pirates
Yorkshire Carnegie v Cornish Pirates
Cornish Pirates (H)
25/04/2015, KO 15:00
Sat 25th Apr 15
C Pirates 18-29 Carnegie
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We have spoken about what the challenges of playing in Wales are, how physical that is going to be and the manner in which they will try to take us on, with an opportunity to beat an English team, which is one they will relish and we will look forward to that challenge. It's a good opportunity for the players to learn and experience that environment and its all part of our learning curve to get us ready for the Play Offs.
We want to keep winning and we enjoy that winning feeling so the challenge laid down to the players is to maintain that momentum and to keep putting their hand up for selection for the league games and that's the expectation. We will travel down on the morning of the game, it will be a long day but I think we will be well prepared and ready for the game.
Will there be many changes to the team for this weekend's game?
Both of our new signings, Will Cliff, and centre Jordan Davies, will be in the squad for Saturday. It makes sense to give them the opportunity and we will rest the majority of the matchday squad from last weekend's game against Pirates. We want to give the lads a break, they have earned it but we know we have got some incredibly difficult games coming up. It will be an opportunity for the lads who have been playing in the A League to step up in a competitive first team fixture down in Wales, so that will be a good challenge for us.
How do you feel the new signings will strengthen the squad?
I see Jordan as a player who can play in a number of different positions, he's played 12 and 13, wing and full back for Sale Jets and I have spoken to Sale and they speak very highly of him as a player with huge potential so that gives us great competition across the backline. I think all our scrum halves proved they have got genuine potential but no one has really nailed the starting spot down so Will Cliff will add further competition.
I think it's a good deal for us, we have confidence in our squad and belief in what we are trying to do. Irrespective of the decision for Andy to go on loan to Sale we would have had to rotate the players around to give Scott Freer, Phil Nilsen and Harry Hannan the opportunity to play and prepare themselves for the Play Offs and whilst that is happening it is an opportunity for Andy to go and experience a Premiership environment again and bring that back to us for the Play Offs.
We don't view it as Andy leaving, he will be back after a six week period when we are heading into the Play Offs. Our ambitions remain the same, which are to get promoted. We are gearing up for the Play Offs and the players are working exceptionally hard to make sure we are ready for them.