DONCASTER Knights’ head coach Glen Kenworthy is looking for a more complete performance in tomorrow’s Championship clash at London Scottish than away at title favourites Newcastle Falcons last Friday night.
“Our set-piece was poor, and you can’t win a game if you haven’t got a good set-piece,” said Kenworthy. “Looking at the stats after the game they were 50 per cent on each one and in my eyes we should be up around 85 per cent.
“As the set-piece was poor we didn’t have a lot of ball. We’ve put a lot of emphasis on our set-piece play but it was a bad day at the office as regards that aspect of our game.
“But in other aspects of the game it was a different story - the defensive effort was unbelievable - and to the score flattered them to be honest.
“Two tries in the last five minutes helped make it 37-3 but it was closer than that.
“It was only 13-3 at half-time and I was thinking that if we could get a lucky bounce and score a try that we’d be back in the game.
“Defensively we are doing well and that’s one part of the game which is sorted. We’ve now got to get the other side, the attack, going.
“Speaking as a coach I think the defence is the hardest to get sorted because there are elements in a good defensive display that you can’t really coach. A lot of it is to do with the attitude of a player.
“Everyone wants to run with the ball and pass so that side of the game is easier.
“We’ve put a big emphasis on attack in training this week though we’ve not gone away from our defensive work because that is the best part of our game.” Having picked up just one losing bonus point in their three games, Knights find themselves second bottom.
“We’ve had a tough start but I felt that we had the opportunity to win the Bristol game but we just came up a bit short,” said the New Zealander.
“They’ve got the best pack in the Championship because they’ve got the biggest budget; they can afford to have effectively two squads.
“We’ve played made massive strides in every game. “We were poor at Plymouth; we were unlucky not to pick up a win against Bristol and against Newcastle we were awesome in defence.
“We are looking to add more of an attacking edge against Scottish while not compromising our defence; it’s a balancing act.
“We’ve got three games, starting with Scottish, before the start of the B & I Cup, and we’ve got to get among the points; we need three really good performances .
“They’ve recruited well - I understand they’ve got a decent budget - and they’ve brought in a couple of players from Bristol and PJ (Gidlow) is also down there and they play to their strengths. ”