Cornish Pirates 'underdogs' for Bristol clash says boss Ian Davies

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Cornish Pirates head coach Ian Davies says his side will be underdogs for the Championship semi-final with Bristol.

The Pirates finished second in Pool B in the first stage of the Championship play-offs to set up a tie with the unbeaten Pool A winners.

"We are underdogs, Bristol have been top of the table for a long time," Davies told BBC Radio Cornwall.

The Pirates beat Bristol by a point at home in February but lost 37-33 at the Memorial Stadium in November.

"They have a massive set of forwards and a fantastic set of backs," added Davies.

The Pirates reached the Championship final last season but were beaten by Worcester.

Should the Pirates win the the Championship they will not be promoted as their Mennaye Field home does not meet Premiership criteria, meaning either Newcastle or Wasps will be handed a reprieve from relegation.

"We're under a lot of pressure and we'll have to play really well," Davies added.

"We'll give it a crack, we know we can beat them, they know they can beat us.

"It should be two good encounters and whoever plays the better over the two legs should win the game."

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