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Davies tells his men to improve after 'lucky win'

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: September 10, 2012

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Cornish Pirates head coach Ian Davies admitted his side were far from their best in a 19-17 Championship victory over Plymouth Albion yesterday.

The Pirates secured victory through a late Rob Cook penalty after Albion had dominated – scoring three tries to Pirates' two.

However, the goal-kicking of Kieran Hallett and Cook proved crucial as visiting fly-half Paul Roberts missed five of his six attempts at goal.

Davies said: "The issue we had is that we didn't have a lot of energy in the game. We were second best in a lot of areas.

"You can have the best game plans in the world but unless you bring that intensity you are often second best. Luckily, we scraped through and got the win.

"I don't know if it is the mark of a good side, maybe a lucky one. Maybe we've used our get-out-of-jail-free card very early in the season. Plymouth had a lot of possession and a lot of territory but they didn't do a lot with it.

"I thought when we had the ball we looked clinical. The thing we couldn't do was get through multiple phases and that meant we couldn't stretch their defence."

Davies was unwilling to use the Pirates' ever-increasing injury list as an excuse. Gloucester man Cook had been brought in as well as Bath players Max Maidment and Joe Buckle to help swell their numbers. He said: "Max and Joe arrived on Friday at half ten in the evening, so they've had no training sessions with us.

"It is great that they are available to us. We don't know how log they are with us for but it does help us in terms of the numbers.

"Rob Cook is much the same and we are very grateful to have him here.

"He has an A League game tomorrow night so he will be back up to Gloucester and maybe back for us next weekend."

Plymouth Albion head coach Nat Saumi was pleased with his players' efforts and refused to criticise Roberts for his kicking display.

He said: "The boys are really down but I have reminded them to hold their heads high.

"Paul was one of the main players that I brought in over the summer. I believe in him over the course of a whole season, it is not just about today.

"He is really down but I told him to just keep working hard and he will reap the rewards."

The Pirates travel to Bristol this weekend but Albion will be back at Brickfields hosting Leeds Carnegie.

Saumi feels their performances so far this season warrant respect. He said: "The rest of the league will realise what we are made of this season. They will know that once they came to Brickfields, they will have a hard game.

"That is what we are looking forward to next week."

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