Doncaster Knights: Cornish Pirates loss was a harsh lesson, admits Dougie Flockhart

Dougie Flockhart takes on the Cornish defence. Photo: Sarah Washbourn
Dougie Flockhart takes on the Cornish defence. Photo: Sarah Washbourn
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Dougie Flockhart admits the Knights felt the full force of the harsh realities the Championship can bring last weekend.

A 24-22 defeat to Cornish Pirates on home turf condemned Clive Griffiths’ men to their second loss since returning to the Championship.

Despite a determined comeback from the hosts, the Cornishmen had done enough to see off the Knights’ last-gasp efforts.

And Flockhart says that they were punished for not taking their chances.

“Although we did show some heart in the line and some heart near the end, we’re very upset [with the Piraes defeat],” said the Scottish kicker.

“In this league there’s going to be times when other teams get opportunities no matter how well you’re playing and you know that when you get your opportunities, you have to take them, but we didn’t.

“There were a few times where the off-loads went to ground or a last pass, a knock-on, and in this league we’re not going to get 10 or 20 chances so we need to take those opportunities.”

Flockhart also admitted that losing at Castle Park rubbed salt into the wounds because they want to make their home ground a ‘fortress’.

The Knights kick-off their British & Irish Cup fortunes away to Cross Keys tomorrow.