RUGBY UNION: Knights stroll to 53-0 win

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DONCASTER Knights bounced back from their defeat at Newcastle to record a 53-0 win over Cambridge at Castle Park in the second of their three pre-season warm-up games.

Winger Dante Mama led the way for Knights, who were 27-0 up at the break, with a brace of tries with skipper Matt Challinor, Jethro Rawling, James Tincknell, David Bradford and Michael Keating also touching down.

Jamie Lennard (4) and Dougie Flockhart (2) converted six of the tries between them with Lennard also landing two penalties.

But despite the margin of victory, director of rugby Brett Davey told The Star that there was still room for improvement before the start of the club’s Championship campaign at Plymouth on Saturday week.

“It was a pretty decent performance and it was a good work out for us,” he said. “It was a step forward from last week but we are under no illusions and we are not getting carried away because it’s only pre-season.

“Because we don’t do a massive amount of contact in pre-season, we are learning game by game at the minute.

“The aim is to be flat out by the time that we get to the Plymouth game and the players took a big step forward in some respect. But having said that I think we regressed in other aspects of the game, so there is lots for us to work on.

“There are certainly aspects of our game that we need to tighten up on. A lot of it has to do with having the right mindset and doing the simple things really well.

“Unfortunately with younger players they tend to make sloppy errors (at times) and when we go through the video today, even though we scored over 50 points, they will see that.

“It was more than acceptable. But I think that we’ve got to be realistic and admit that we’ve got to set our standards a bit higher.”

Reflecting on individual performances, Davey said: “Rhys Buckley played very well in the first half and Jamie Lennard pulled the strings nicely. James Tincknell stood out as well.

“I thought Tom Barrett did particularly well in the second half. Funnily enough he struggled a bit at Newcastle but he showed what he is all about on Saturday.”

Both Andy Boyde and David Bradford made their first appearance of pre-season after injury problems.

Rotherham Titans tomorrow travel to face Premiership club Worcester Warriors at Sixways.

The game is the Titans’ fourth friendly. They are unbeaten so far having won at Hull Ionians, Sheffield Tigers and Macclesfield.