Doncaster Knights: Dogged attitude pleases Davies

The season didn't start well for Ross Davies, who had to be substituted in the opener versus Blackheath, but he's come back with a bang having scored the match-winning try against Coventry in their vital league encounter on Saturday. Picture: Malcolm Billingham
The season didn't start well for Ross Davies, who had to be substituted in the opener versus Blackheath, but he's come back with a bang having scored the match-winning try against Coventry in their vital league encounter on Saturday. Picture: Malcolm Billingham
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Match-winning try scorer Ross Davies has hailed the Knights’ never-say-die attitude after they kept their promotion dreams alive with a last-gasp victory over Coventry.

Prop Davies scored the crucial try at the death during Saturday’s penultimate match as table-topping Doncaster clinched an 18-17 win.

That vital victory sees the Knights head into their final game of the season on April 26, against Blackheath, now three points ahead of Rosslyn Park.

“The boys showed a never-say-die attitude. We were on the rack for 75 minutes of the game,” said Welshman Davies.

“Fair play to Coventry, they came out and played exactly how we knew they could. They hustled us and they made life very difficult for us and didn’t allow us to play our game.

“Of course there is always room for improvement, but we got the win and in the end that’s what matters.”

The Knights’ two tries came courtesy of prop forward pairing Richard List and Davies - the latter’s with just three minutes to play - sealing a dramatic victory.

“Credit to Listy he went through half the Cov team to score from about 40 yards out. Mine was more like 40cm but it felt as good as a try from 40 yards,” said Davies.

“I was lucky to be the last man on the end of superb phase of team play, Chall [Matt Challinor] did a lot of the work leading up to it and then we got under the posts to set Dougie up for a fairly easy kick.”

Ahead of the trip to Blackheath, he added: “Our fate is in our own hands.

“Had you offered us this at the start of the season we would have taken it.”