THERE is plenty for Doncaster Knights team boss Brett Davey to work on in training this week in the build-up to the club’s first home Championship game of the season against Bristol on Friday night.
Davey didn’t hold back in his criticism of his players following Saturday’s 27-22 defeat against Plymouth at Brickfields - a game the club had targeted as a win - in their opening game of the season.
“I was disappointed with the performance, particularly in the first half,” he said. “We failed to do the simple things and I would go as far as to describe the showing as diabolical.”
He added: “In the first 40 minutes we were chasing the game, but after scoring a fine individual try I was embarrassed by the tackling that gifted Plymouth a second try.
“We have set ourselves a target of finishing higher than we did last season, but after the performance at Plymouth there needs to be some soul searching this week.
“However, I must give credit to Plymouth because they are a tough side and it is very difficult to get a result down there. We did get a bonus point but that isn’t really a consolation.”
As well as the result, the Welshman was also concerned about the number of penalties Knights gave away.
He said: “We had an issue with the refereeing of the breakdown in pre season, and the same thing happened on Saturday. I was disappointed with the way the breakdown was handled by David Rose and we need some clarification from the referee officers, sooner rather than later.”
Bristol, who completed the double over the Doncaster side last year en-route to finishing in top spot, also tasted defeat on the opening weekend of the 20212-13 season. Beaten in last season’s Promotion play-offs, Bristol lost 37-20 at home to relegated Newcastle.