Knights look to send fans home on high note

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DIRECTOR of rugby Brett Davey wants Doncaster Knights to put in a strong showing for the supporters in their final home game of the 2011/12 campaign against Nottingham a week on Saturday.

The Knights slumped to a 40-19 defeat at London Welsh in Pool A of the Championship play-offs despite leading at half-time.

Davey’s men are now languishing at the bottom of the pool, having lost all four matches and and accrued just a solitary point.

Davey, who’s squad is decimated by injuries, is happy with the progress Knights have made this term.

He said: “At the present moment in time, we don’t have many players. The injuries have hit us hard. The aim for us was to get into the play-offs. We had four or five players that we needed against the Welsh, but you can’t do anything about it.”

The Welshman added: “We have a fairly small squad. We got a full team out against the London Welsh, but we had seven forwards on the bench and no backs.

“We have got a few backs in, but it’s been very frustrating because even they have been injured, and we need them at this moment in time.”

Davey said announcements about players’ contracts would come in the next two weeks.

He said: “I have been really pleased with the effort of all the players. It’s just been disappointing we have not given a good account of ourselves.”

n Lawrence Dallaglio believes Gavin Henson needs to decide if he wants to be a “TV personality or a rugby player” following his sacking by the Cardiff Blues.

The Wales centre was let go by the RaboDirect PRO12 club after an incident on the flight back from Scotland after last Friday’s 31-3 defeat to Glasgow Warriors.

“It’s a shame for him as an individual because as a player he’s shown at times immense potential,” he said. “Gavin now needs to go away and think about what he wants as an individual.

“It’s up to him to decide what he wants to do.”