Doncaster Knights buoyed by Pirates game

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DONCASTER Knights’ boss Brett Davey says he has changed his mind about last Friday’s 18-18 draw at Castle Park.

“I said after the game that I felt it was a good result,” said Welshman whose side are still looking for their first win of the season.

“But I don’t think that after watching the match DVD; I thought that we were a much better team.

“I was very pleased with our second half performance and felt that we were dominant for long periods. I spoke to one of their players after the game and he also said that we were the better team.

I still think that we’ve got some areas work on, especially up front.

“But if we play like that for the rest of the season I’ll be more than happy because it would just be a matter of time before we started winning.

“We’ve still got plenty to work on but we are getting there. We just need that first win and hopefully we’ll get that at Leeds on Friday night, though it won’t be easy because they are a decent team and they beat Bristol at the weekend, which was a good result for them.

“I’m not pleased with our position in the league and that has to change as quickly as possible but Friday’s result was certainly a step in the right direction.”

Knights, who won the corresponding fixture at Headingley last season, will come up against several former Castle Park favourites in Friday’s game.

Full-back Stevie McColl, joined the former Premiership club at the start of last season but missed the home game against the Knights due to injury, buy is expected to play on Friday. Centre Fred Burdon, who switched clubs at the end of last season, is also expected to play but utility back Olly Goss will miss out.