Davies challenges Pirates to home in on cup
CORNISH Pirates boss Ian Davies has set his side a straightforward challenge ahead of their home British & Irish Cup clash with Dundee High at the Mennaye Field on Sunday (2pm).
"Win the next two games and we will get a home quarter-final. It's as simple as that," he said as the Pirates prepare to face the Scottish Premiership side and Carmarthen Quins in their final two qualifying games.
The Pirates sit top of Pool 3 with four wins from four and eased past Dundee 32-6 when the two teams met at Mayfield in October. But two dropped bonus points against Swansea has kept the pressure on the Cornish side as Davies is happy to admit.
He said: "We missed those bonus points against Swansea and we deserved them. Now we have to go out against Dundee and win. How we do it is up to us."
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Dundee have no hope of qualifying for the latter stages of this season's competition but will travel to Cornwall buoyed by their win against Carmarthen before Christmas.
Coupled with this first success in the tournament they have also won their last three league games to ease their relegation fears and toppled third placed Currie last Saturday with an impressive four-try haul away from home.
Dundee have recruited Scotland international full-back Rory Lamont as he recovers from an 11-month injury nightmare but the 30-year old is also registered to play for Glasgow Warriors in the Heineken Cup. A decision on his availability for Sunday's game in Cornwall will be made by the Glasgow club.
For the Pirates prop Alan Paver is unavailable due to suspension which his head coach described as "a blow". But Davies continued: "It is not as bad as it could be though in that we have the likes of Ben Prescott, Ryan Storer, and Peter Joyce all fighting for places so we have plenty of cover there."
Back row Tom Duncan is in line to make his Pirates debut following his recent signing from Redruth and Kyle Moyle could feature if he passes a fitness test on a hamstring injury.
Injured duo Matt Evans and Grant Pointer are both nearing a return to fitness.