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Heaney hoping to put one foot in the play-offs.

The Knights 31-26 derby win over Yorkshire Carnegie meant they have kept a strong hold on the play-off positions but know this weekend’s clash will be equally as crucial to their end of season ambitions if not more so.

Cornish Pirates are just nine points off the Knights meaning that their own play-off hopes are not extinguished despite defeat to league leaders London Irish last week.

Scrum half Michael Heaney will start his 20th game of the season on Sunday and knows the challenges they will face down at Mennaye Field and states the team want to make amends for November’s 35-26 defeat as they go in search of a fifth successive win. “We didn’t really deliver what we had practiced when we played Pirates here and we didn’t play that well on the day, that’s something for us to put right and something we intend to do this weekend.

“I’m feeling reasonably confident, we’ve had a good week training but we know going down there is not an easy task, it isn’t easy for anyone to go down there, they have been going quite well so we’re under no illusions of what we’re going to face.

Heaney lines up alongside Simon Humberstone for the fourth consecutive game on Sunday and believes the squad depth has been crucial to the Knights 2017 form.

“I’m happy with how it’s gone with Si in the last couple of weeks but I’m happy playing with both Simon and Dec. We’ve got a really good group of half-backs who all work well together so it’s just a case of everyone doing their job on a weekend whoever is wearing nine and ten.

“We have a tough run in but know that Pirates, Jersey and Irish are three games we can win but at the same time if we don’t pitch up on the weekend we could lose those and find ourselves out of the running for the play-offs.

“You have a bit of a glance at the league table now and again, you see the teams that are around and we have been playing teams that are in and around the play-offs the last few games so it is massively important that we don’t drop points.

“Right now our focus is just on the next game and getting the results versus Pirates.”

Kick off at the Mennaye on Sunday is 15:00 but remember, if you cannot make the trip, the game is being shown live in the Lansdowne Suite at Castle Park via the England Rugby facebook page.0

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