Pirate fans

Trailing by nine points following their 21-12 loss at home to Worcester in the first match of the two-legged RFU Championship final, the Cornish Pirates are looking forward to Wednesday evening’s second leg.

The Pirates will travel to Worcester aware that the Warriors have a trio of reasons to feel confident – they have an experienced squad of players, they hold a ‘half-time’ lead in the final, and they are at home – but there is still a feeling that the Cornish side can cut the deficit should they eradicate errors and manage to split what proved to be a committed Worcester defence at the Mennaye Field.

Speaking ahead of the game, Cornish Pirates high performance manager Chris Stirling said: “This game will inevitably be as intense as it gets but we have beaten the Warriors at ‘Sixways’ this season and we’d love to do it again.

“We will need to start better than we did at home and not make unfortunate mistakes, and if we can play with a bit of tempo and create chances then who knows what might happen. Worcester are well organised outfit, as you’d expect, but I am proud of what the boys have achieved and we’ll be looking to end the season on a high.”

The match at Worcester’s ‘Sixways’ Stadium on Wednesday evening kicks off at 7.45pm.