DONCASTER Knights’ boss Brett Davey is expecting a tough battle in tomorrow’s Championship clash against Nottingham at Castle Park (2.30).
“Games against Nottingham are always very competitive and tomorrow’s game will be no exception,” said Davey.
“They are a big powerful side who have a lot of experience and some heavy ball carriers. We will certainly have to front up in defence again like we did in last week’s 18-18 draw at Bedford.
“It is going to be really interesting for me personally to see whether we can do it defensively two weeks in a row.
“Earlier in the season we were conceding too many tries but we always maintained that we’d get better defensively as the season progressed and we have. The return of defensive coach Neil Kelly from the World Cup has helped in that respect and you could see signs of the players having bought into his ideas in the game at Bedford, where we had to do a lot of defending.
“Having defended so well against Bedford hopefully it will give the players the confidence to push on and help maintain the momentum we’ve built up in recent games during our unbeaten run. We are pleased to be in fourth place within touching distance of the leaders and could have been even higher had PJ Gidlow not had his late try at Cornish Pirates disallowed and had we won the game at Bedford, which we could have done at the end.
“We are looking to the next four games, which will take us up to mid-season, as an indicator as to where we will finish.
“But we are taking it one game at a time and we aren’t looking any further than the Nottingham game. As I say it will be tough, especially as they have got their players back from the World Cup.
“They are certainly a better side than their current league position would suggest and in my opinion they are right up there with the best teams in the league and that is borne out by the fact that they should have beaten both.”