Having thrashed Rotherham 67-14 at the Mennaye Field on Sunday, the Cornish Pirates, who will need no reminding that they lost 19-18 away to the Titans in January, know they can expect a totally different encounter when they travel to the Yorkshire team’s Clifton Lane ground this Saturday (ko 3pm).
At the midway point after three games played in the RFU Championship play-offs, the Pirates sit proudly at the top of the Pool B table on 16 points. Bedford Blues are second on 12, Doncaster Knights third on 7, and Rotherham Titans are fourth on 1.
Worcester Warriors are presently top of Pool A on 17 points, followed by London Welsh (12), Nottingham (8) and Bristol (1).
After six pool matches have been completed the top two teams from Pools A and B will progress to the semi-final and then the winners to the final. The semi-finals are to be played on the weekend 30th April/1st May, involving 1st Pool A versus 2nd Pool B and 1st Pool B versus 2nd Pool A. This year’s two-legged final is scheduled for Wednesdays 11th and 18th May.
In the relegation play-offs (Pool C) Esher are on 16 points, Plymouth Albion have 15, Moseley are on 12, and the Bees of Birmingham & Solihull have 9. In Pool C, after each team has played their six pool matches, the lowest ranked team will be relegated to National Division One.
Besides this Saturday’s clash at Clifton Lane, the Pirates are at home to Bedford on Sunday week (ko 3pm) and away to Doncaster on Saturday 16th April (ko 3pm). All three games present tough challenges.