Knights seek tonic win after video nasty

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YESTERDAY’S training session proved a painful experience for Doncaster Knight.

They had to sit through a DVD of Wednesday night’s 40-15 Championship defeat against Nottingham at Meadow Lane.

“It was a bit of a horror show watching the second half,” said Knights’ No 2 Brett Davey.

“We were only 16-10 down at half-time and still in the game. We (the players) said all the right things during the interval and we (the coaching staff) spoke about our discipline.

“We’ve given away far too many penalties in our last two games. It’s as though there’s a lack of belief and a lack of trust in our game at the moment.”

Davey felt that Knights, who had been on the back foot for most of the third quarter, were in with a chance of at least a losing bonus point when skipper Steven Lawrie cut the deficit to just eight points with a 57th minute try.

But he admitted: “We were never in the game in the last 20 minutes; we never had any field position or anything. We’d defend well and then all of a sudden we’d lose concentration and we’d be back on our own line. It’s been like that all season.

“The boys were down after the game but we’ve got Esher at home tomorrow so we’ve got to get ourselves back up for that.

“They had a good win at the weekend and they will be a tough outfit. We were lucky to beat them down there.”

Knights made eight changes to their starting line-up, and Davey, who will take over as the club’s director of rugby in the summer, says that there are likely to be changes again this weekend.

No 8 Ed Jackson is a doubt after tweaking his hamstring in the first half of Wednesday’s game.