Build-up: Cornish Pirates v Doncaster Knights

Bruno Bravo has been recalled to the side today.
Bruno Bravo has been recalled to the side today.

Doncaster Knights know that Cornish Pirates will go into today’s B&I Cup Pool 4 game at the Mennaye Field with all guns blazing.

Pirates need to win both their remaining games, and Knights to lose both today and at home to Cross Keys next weekend, if they are to be guaranteed a place in the quarter-finals.

The five pool winners and the best three runners-up will qualify for the last eight.

“The bottom line is that we need to win just one of our two remaining games to finish top,” said director of rugby Clive Griffiths.

“But as I said earlier in the week we want to pick up enough points to qualify for a home tie.”

Whatever the result Knights, who have won all four pool games to date, will still be top when they make the long trek back to South Yorkshire.

Today’s game will be the third meeting between the two clubs this season, Knights having beaten Pirates at home in the B&I Cup after previously suffering a Championship defeat on home soil.

Griffiths is in no doubt that today’s game will be the toughest of the three.

“They have hit form after a slow start,” he said.

“They recently scored nine tries at home to Bedford in the league.

“It will be a difficult game for us. Mennaye Field is always a tough place to go and they are always a big side and have been very consistent at this level for a number of years.

“We showed huge durability under enormous pressure in the win at Bedford last Friday night and we’ll need to show those same qualities today.”

n Griffiths has made six changes to the side that edged past Bedford Blues last weekend for today’s clash - including handing debuts to new signings Piers Francis and WillGriff John.

Bruno Bravo is recalled to play inside debutant flay half Francis.

Leicester Tigers loanee Rhys Williams lines up alongside fellow Tiger George Catchpole, while John makes his Doncaster debut at number three.