Alan Paver: Cornish Pirates can upset Newcastle Falcons

By Brent PilnickBBC South West Sport at the Mennaye
Alan Paver

Cornish Pirates prop Alan Paver says his team have what it takes to be the first to beat Newcastle Falcons in the Championship this season.

The Falcons have had bonus-point wins in all three of their matches so far.

But 34-year-old Paver, who has returned to fitness after missing the start of the season with injury, says Pirates have the mentality to win.

"We're going out there to give it our all and we think we can sneak it," he told BBC South West Sport.

"We have the feeling that a lot of teams have approached them in a mental state that isn't conducive to winning.

"We must go out there with an attitude that we have a chance of winning.

"They've got a wonderful squad and massive ambition and it's going to be challenging, but we feel we've got quality within our squad and starting 15."

The Pirates have a good record against the relegated Premiership sides, beating Leeds 52-10 at the Mennaye last year and defeating Worcester 23-21 at Sixways the season before.

"The days are gone when the giants come down into this league and think they're just going to roll it over," added Paver.

"They do find it tough, they do find that there's lots of teams capable of beating them on the day.

"But what they do have is bags of experience and a massive squad and it does cater for the 'what if'.

"I would be a silly man to say that they're not going to be in the top four by the end of the season, they are a giant in this league, buy they are there for the taking."

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