VIDEO: Ian Davies wants full concentration from Cornish Pirates
Cornish Pirates head coach Ian Davies says his side are fully focused on maintaining their good form despite coming through an uncertain period off the field.
Davies’ men have made an excellent start to the season in both the Championship and the British and Irish Cup.
Pirates are currently fourth in the league after wins over Bristol, Ealing and Moseley. They continued that form in the cup by beating Ulster Ravens last week.
Davies admits there was some uncertainty after Dicky Evans announced his intention to relinquish ownership of the club and limit his financial involvement with the proposed Stadium for Cornwall over the past week.
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Davies said: “Initially, there was uncertainty, but [acting CEO] Rod Coward spoke to the squad and so has Dicky. As a result, everyone is a lot more relaxed because they know the way the club is going and the reasons for it.
“It is exciting times. As with most things, when statements come out and you don’t know the full facts, there is a little bit of uncertainty.
“Last Friday, the boys’ performance was not affected and they know that as long as they do their job on the field, there can be no complaints.”
The players will certainly need to maintain concentration during this weekend’s trip to Ayr.
The Scottish champions lost 28-16 to Jersey in their first British and Irish Cup game last week in difficult circumstances.
Davies said: “They played well against Jersey last week, even though they only had
13 men on the field for most of the match.
“We have to show them respect but go there and do a job. We went to Dundee last year and it was a big occasion for them – I’m sure Ayr will be the same.
“We’re playing some decent stuff, our defence has been good and we’re scoring tries as well.
“An English professional club going up there, everything is in their favour and the team talk for their coach is going to be very easy.
“We have to keep the focus on us.”
Davies has been pleased with his new-look squad’s cohesion during the early part of the campaign but he will continue rotating his players this weekend.
He said: “Over the next two or three weeks, everybody should have got a start, hopefully. That was the aim when we mapped out the teams in the summer. Obviously, some players have been injured.
“We’ve had a few serious injuries with Max Maidment and Matt Bolwell coming to mind. We’ve not really seen Tom Duncan in a Pirates shirt yet, since he signed from Redruth.
“It will be great to see him on the field, hopefully, before Christmas. We probably won’t see that with Max and Matt.
“Kyle Marriott is also more likely to be after Christmas.
“This weekend, we’ve got Alex Dancer and Neale Patrick making their starting debuts in competitive games. Shane Cahill will hopefully get a little bit more time this weekend as well as Joe Atkinson and Peter Joyce being back in the fold.”