Knights enter season full of confidence

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DONCASTER Knights ended their pre-season campaign on a winning note with a 13-10 victory over Welsh Premier League side Bedwas.

Although Knights needed a late penalty goal by fly-half Nick Whitehead to take the spoils, director of rugby Brett Davey felt his injury-hit side were good value for their third win in as many games.

“We were a little bit disjointed behind the scrum due to injuries but one of the things we’ve worked on this summer was our defence and we are seeing a really big buy-in from all the players,” Davey told The Star.

“The try they scored came from a mistake in their 22 and they fly-hacked the ball. It was almost like an interception and you can’t legislate for things like that.

“I was pleased with a lot of things, though obviously there are still a lot of things we still need to work on before our first league game at home to Bristol in two weeks’ time.”

Davey was critical of the fact that there were no touch judges and the quality of the ball used in the wet conditions. But added: “The funny thing is that it was the type of game that we’ve not been very good at playing in the last couple of years and it’s an area we want to improve upon.

“We did that for probably 70 minutes of the game and we never really felt threatened at all in the second half - I think they only got into our 22 once.

“They raised their game because they were playing an English side and they had a real edge to their game in the first 30 minutes.

“But for the majority of the game we were in control, though it’s kind of difficult when you are mixing and matching players and bringing people on and off because you lose a bit of continuity.

“But the players have been really good over the three games and they’ve certainly given Kendo (forwards’ coach Glen Kenworthy) a lot of headaches over selection.”