Doncaster Knights boss Clive Griffiths has not been lulled into a false sense of security by Cornish Pirates’ position in the Championship.
Pirates will go into Sunday’s televised game at Castle Park (3pm) languishing in the bottom four after winning just one of their six league games.
Their only win to date in the league came at win-less Rotherham at the end of last month.
But Griffiths is fully aware that all five of their defeats have been by six points or less.
“I’ve watched all their games – and they’ve played the likes of (leaders) Bristol and (second-placed) Ealing - and they could have won them all so we certainly won’t be underestimating them,” said the Welshman.
Like Knights, Pirates have been hit hard by injuries this season but that didn’t prevent them bagging a brace of wins – including a victory over holders Ulster A last weekend - in their opening two B&I Cup pool games.
“They’ll be coming here fancying their chances after beating us twice in the league last season, though they were probably two of our worst performances,” said Griffiths.
Last season’s game at Castle Park produced over 60 points and Griffiths said he wouldn’t be surprised if Sunday’s game proves to be another free-scoring affair.
“They’ve scored a lot of points in most of their games this season so it could be a similar score-line to last season,” he said.
“If that is the case then hopefully it will be in our favour this time.”
Keen not to suffer a second successive league defeat, Griffiths was due to run the rule over several injury doubts when the players reported back for training today after being off yesterday.
“It’s the lack of backs which is the problem,” said Griffiths, who faces a different type of selection headache in the forwards following impressive showings by the likes of prop Owen Evans and recent signing Nick Civetta in the win at Bristol.