Davies tips mid-table finish for Raiders

W34828H13''Worthing Raiders v Cornish Pirates action from the games
W34828H13''Worthing Raiders v Cornish Pirates action from the games

IAN Davies believes Worthing Raiders Rugby Club are more than capable of a mid-table finish in National 1 after his Cornish Pirates side won 31-5 at Roundstone Lane on Saturday.

Davies, who left Raiders to move to Cornish Pirates at the end of the 2008-09 season, is now head coach at the Championship side. He brought his side to a wet Roundstone Lane for Raiders’ first pre-season friendly, ahead of the start of the league season on September 7.

Speaking after his side’s win, Davies said: “It’s great to be back, it was a pity the weather couldn’t hold a little bit but there was a fantastic crowd, which was great and I wish them every luck in National 1 next year.

“We played a lot of the boys who we’ve recruited from National 1 to try to give Worthing an indication of what National 1 rugby is going to be like and that’s what we did.

“It’s going to be tough up front in National 1 but I think Worthing will be fine and will end up mid-tableish/top-half as long as they can keep Kiba (Richards) and people like that fit and raring to go.”

Match report, pictures and reaction from Raiders’ head coach Kieron Dawson in this week’s paper.