Cornish Pirates 'deserve' to keep British & Irish Cup points - Davies

Alex Cheesman
Alex Cheesman scored two of Pirates' five tries against Cross Keys

Cornish Pirates boss Ian Davies says his side deserve to keep the points they won at Bedford in the British and Irish Cup earlier this month.

The RFU docked the points after Pirates a decision

It comes after Pirates beat Cross Keys 34-33 on Sunday for what is currently their first win of the competition.

"I think they deserve the full reward for the Bedford game," Davies said.

"Clerical errors, problems with regulations and things like that, shouldn't take it away from the boys because that was a fantastic effort.

"That would put a totally different complexion on the pool," he added to BBC Radio Cornwall.

The Pirates last week after in their first pool match.

Should the Pirates have their points reinstated, they would go second in their group on 11 points, four behind leaders Doncaster.

That would leave them as, currently, the leading second-placed side, with three of the five pool runners-up qualifying for the quarter-finals.

"We know we've got to go away to Pandy Park and Goldington Road, while Doncaster will be coming here pretty determined to win at the Mennaye for the first time in many years," Davies added.

"So it's certainly not done and dusted by any stretch of the imagination."