Cornish Pirates boss Ian Davies proud despite defeat by Carnegie
Ian Davies says he is "really proud" of his Cornish Pirates side despite their 26-13 home defeat by Championship leaders Yorkshire Carnegie.
Toby May scored a try to give Pirates an early lead but their opponents went on to complete a bonus-point victory.
"I'm really proud of the boys. We fully deserved to get something from the game but didn't," Davies told BBC Cornwall.
"With a little bit of luck it could've gone our way in that second half. The score flattered Yorkshire Carnegie."
The loss was Pirates' fourth in a row and means they are only off the bottom on points difference.
Director of rugby Davies has also described their injury problems as "pretty serious", with scrum-half Mike Pope (head), Stu Townsend (knee) and Adam Jamieson (shoulder) all nursing problems.
"It was all about power," added Davies. "You've got nine guys in the Yorkshire Carnegie side who've played Premiership rugby, while we've got a total of 250 appearances in our starting 15.
"They could've steamrolled us but they didn't because we endeavoured to be there until the last minute."