GRAHAM DAWE is hoping a full house at Camborne on Saturday can help his Cornwall team book yet another trip to Twickenham.
Reigning champions Cornwall need to beat Surrey to secure a fourth consecutive County Championship final appearance after narrow victories over Hertfordshire and Gloucestershire.
The Duchy will be favourites but Dawe is well aware that Surrey, who need to win to avoid relegation, will be keen to spoil their party.
“You can’t predict the future and what’s going to happen. We have talked as a group about what we have got to get right in terms of management and execution of our game.
“If we do get 3,000 people behind us at Camborne then that will help.”
Dawe, though, is aware that a bumper crowd will also bring pressure for his players.
“I’m sure they do feel pressure, but it’s not in evidence,” said Dawe. “They trained well and got on with working extremely hard this week. Everyone knuckled down.”
The former England international, who has won the County Championships as both a player and a coach with Devon and Cornwall, is refusing to look any further ahead than Saturday.
“The goal is just to try and score more points than Surrey,” he said. “We just have to try and start well and leave nothing to chance. We’ll have 15 good rugby players against us and we will also need to know how the referee interprets the scrum and breakdowns.
“The pitch at Camborne is in good condition and we are hoping for a large crowd. Most of the players have played at Camborne and understand the slopes and winds and what the noise levels are going to be from the crowd. Everything does point to Cornwall playing well but there’ll be 15 guys in opposition who might also play well.”
Cornwall will give a fitness test to Albion prop Christian Judge on Thursday night. If he passes it then he will be on the bench after missing the Duchy’s opening two matches due to a shoulder injury.
Should Judge make the squad then there will be nine members of Albion’s 2015/16 squad on duty for Cornwall on Saturday.
Matt Shepherd, Robin Wedlake, Jake Murphy, Billy Searle, Sam Matavesi and Herbie Stupple will all start with Rupert Freestone and Jon Dawe on the bench.
Seti Raumakita did not make the squad following his return following a six-week suspension.
CORNWALL TEAM TO FACE SURREY
15 Matt Shepherd Plymouth Albion
14 Lewis Vinnicombe Redruth
13 Jake Murphy Plymouth Albion
12 Nielson Webber Redruth
11 Robin Wedlake Plymouth Albion
10 Billy Searle Plymouth Albion
9 Greg Goodfellow Chinnor
1 Tom Cowan-Dickie Redruth
2 Richard Brown Redruth
3 Craig Williams Redruth
4 Ben Hilton Launceston
5 Tony Whittle Camborne
6 Kyle Marriott Redruth (Captain)
7 Sam Matavesi Plymouth Albion
8 Herbie Stupple Plymouth Albion
Rupert Freestone Plymouth Albion
Tight-head prop TBC
Barrie-John Chapman Taunton
Chris Fuca Redruth
Lewis Webb Taunton
Sam Parsons Redruth
Jon Dawe Plymouth Albion