BRETT Davey saluted the “maturity” Doncaster Knights demonstrated in their 29-20 victory at Esher.
Irish winger Michael Keating claimed two tries as Knights defeated the bottom-placed side and secured four try bonus points.
Director of rugby Davey said: “We are delighted with five points especially after last week’s performance and that game eradicated it in honesty, if we played like that last week we probably would have won.
“I thought Esher were very decent, they came at us for the first 30 minutes and it was tough but we showed our resilience and a bit of flair. The most important thing for us this week was to learn the lessons from last week and by controlling that second half we showed a great deal of maturity.
“We were playing into the wind second half and yet we won that points battle, they scrambled a late try to flatter the score-line of the match and distort the tie. But I never thought we were in trouble and that is great testament to all the coaches.
“All the players and coaching staff deserve credit including Chris Hallam, he’s taken a lot on himself and stood up to it and I thank the senior players for helping him out today, also Tom Luke who stepped up. They threw everything at us early doors, yet their try came through our error, it’s nothing that they’ve created.
“There is a willingness to play rugby this year and I will always stand by the boys as much as we can. There were a lot of things that were wrong last week and I expected us to bounce back which we did and I can’t ask more than that.”