Cornish Pirates boss Ian Davies hopes Cardiff stay strong

Max Bodilly
Max Bodilly, who is on loan from Exeter Chiefs, scored for Pirates

Cornish Pirates boss Ian Davies hopes Cardiff Blues play a similar strength team to the one that beat his side at the weekend when Blues face London Welsh in the British and Irish Cup.

The Pirates lost 18-15 to Cardiff Blues Premiership Select Team on Saturday.

But the Cornish side remain second in their pool having won three matches.

"What you hope is Cardiff put the same sort of side out against London Welsh and don't think this is one win and change the team," Davies said.

"This is probably the strongest team they've put out in the competition," he added.

British and Irish Cup Pool 4 table
London Welsh15 pts
Cornish Pirates13 pts
Cardiff Blues Premiership Select8 pts
Nottingham2 pts

Cardiff host Championship side Welsh on 16 January in the next round of fixtures, having been beaten 33-29 at Old Deer Park last month.

On Saturday, Pirates led 15-7 at one stage thanks to a penalty try and score from Max Bodilly before Cardiff came back after half time.

And despite the defeat, Davies says there were plenty of positives he could take from the loss.

"The pleasing nature was the energy we showed, there were quite a few changes, Kieran Goss was back, Dan Lee I thought was outstanding on his debut, stepping up from Taunton last year," he said.

"I thought he was a real outstanding player and I think you're going to see a lot of him this year."