Preview: Doncaster Knights v Cornish Pirates

Clive Griffiths
Clive Griffiths

Few Championship sides, if any, boast a better record at Castle Park than Cornish Pirates who provide the opposition for Doncaster Knights tomorrow (2pm).

Whereas Knights will be looking to get back to winning ways following Friday’s defeat at Headingley, Pirates will be buoyed by their best result of the campaign on Sunday – a 21-17 win third-placed London Scottish 21-17.

“They didn’t make the best of starts to the season (they had lost their previous four games) but I don’t think that they were as bad as their record suggested,” said Knights’ boss Clive Griffiths.

“I watched several of their games because they were up against teams that we were playing next and they were in contention for a long period of time before making some horrendous errors.”

The Welshman, who has centre Andy Bulumakau and hooker Vili Veikoso available again, said he wasn’t totally surprised that they beat the Exiles.

“They’ve got their Canadian players back from the World Cup and I said before the game that I wouldn’t be surprised if they run Scottish close,” he said.

“Even if they hadn’t beaten Scottish we intended to treat them with a lot of respect.

“I like Ian Davies as a coach and along with Gavin Cattle they get their teams to play as well as they possibly can with the limited resources they have, so they’ll be well prepared.

“But then so will we and it’s a game we need to win.”