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Pirates captain Gavin Cattle anticipates massive final


Cattle eagerly awaiting final

Cornish Pirates captain Gavin Cattle says that Sunday's British & Irish Cup final will be a fantastic occasion.

He told BBC Spotlight: "The boys have had two weeks to prepare and we've been simmering for a while now.

"We've done our homework and Munster are very organised, very dogged and are going to take some breaking down, so we've addressed that."

Cattle also captained the Pirates in their 19-16 win over Exeter Chiefs in the 2007 National Trophy final.

"It's completely different (to that game)," he said. "Obviously with Munster being a pretty strong force in European rugby we don't really know that much about them, but with Exeter you're playing those boys week in week out."

If we can achieve the top end of our game then we can cause them some problems

Gavin Cattle

With 23 appearances and 11 tries to his name over the course of the current season, Cattle is one of the stalwarts in the Pirates' squad, and knows the side should not worry too much about Munster's previous achievements.

"It's a big focus on ourselves, we've looked at them, we've respected them and looked at what they do, but it's a massive focus on what we're going to bring to the Cup final.

"If we can achieve the top end of our game then we can cause them some problems."

The Pirates passage into the final came thanks to a 43-5 win over Doncaster in the semi-final in April.

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