Davies knows there is more to come from Cornish Pirates despite impressive win
Cornish Pirates head coach Ian Davies believes his side's win over Leeds means they travel to Moseley with confidence this weekend.
The Pirates recorded their first Championship victory since September 9 last weekend, in a 21-8 success over the West Yorkshire side at Mennaye Field.
It was their third win in succession after British and Irish Cup wins over Carmarthen Quins and Dundee High in recent weeks.
However, the Pirates have struggled at Billesley Common in recent seasons. They have drawn on their previous two league trips to Moseley, and only won by a single point in 2009.
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Davies has called on his side to be clinical if a chance to improve upon that record presents itself. He said: "We never play well against Moseley. We don't know what the issues are with us up there, but we need to find out what they are.
"Moseley are near the bottom of the table, but at home they are a tough nut to crack. Dave Hilton is sorting out their forwards and Kevin Maggs is doing some good stuff with the backs.
"We've just got to go there with confidence now after three wins on the bounce. We need to get that ruthless edge."
The Pirates' performance against Leeds pleased Davies but he could still see plenty of areas for improvement. He said: "Don't get me wrong, we're pleased to get the win and it was important we did. But we're trying to evolve as a team and create a situation where we win more games than we lose. There were certain aspects that were very good and some that weren't.
"What we've got to try and do is eradicate the mistakes and make ourselves more difficult to beat. The effort and the endeavour from the players was beyond question.
"The tactical decisions and execution was not there for the full 80 minutes, but we're getting there.
"It was a major step forward in certain respects. We went in at half-time with a good lead and we scored straight after half time to go 21-3 and maybe then you saw the old Pirates – we tried to play in dead areas and lost control."
Davies also identified their penalty count and line-out as focal points for this week's work in training. He said: "We gave some stupid penalties away which allowed Leeds to get back on the front foot and they are a young, hungry side. They feed off your mistakes and we kept feeding it when we – for want of a better phrase from football – needed to put our foot on the ball.
"Our line-out faltered and there were some poor calls made. We need to look at that during the week because we couldn't control the ball. We allowed Leeds to dominate that middle third of the game."
Despite those grievances, Davies was pleased with the manner in which his side scored their two tries, through Matt Evans and Gary Johnson. He is also praised the contribution of full-back Jack Nowell, who is in Penzance on dual-registration term from Exeter Chiefs.
He said: "The first try came from a good maul defensively and a turn-over and we went the length of the field to score.
"The second one, I was surprised Jack didn't try and take the full-back on himself for Gary's try, but he is an exciting talent. He is learning the game and there are a few rough edges but, ball in hand, he is very good – hopefully for us over the next few weeks in a Pirates shirt."