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TASH TASTIC: A moustachioed Michael Keating breaks through to score, much to the delight of Oli Goss. Picture: Malcolm Billingham D4761MB

TASH TASTIC: A moustachioed Michael Keating breaks through to score, much to the delight of Oli Goss. Picture: Malcolm Billingham D4761MB

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BRETT Davey believes the Knights are close to being a ‘pretty good team’ following their surprise win over high-flying Cornish Pirates.

The Knights ended a three match run of defeats with a brilliant performance to steamroller the shell-shocked Pirates.

And director of rugby Davey believes his side are not far from becoming a major force in the Championship.

He said: “It was an absolutely fantastic result for us but the most pleasing thing was the performance.

“Everyone did their bit and everyone stepped up.

“There are still a few things we need to iron out but if we do that then I don’t know where we could end up.

“We’re very close to becoming a pretty good side in this division.

“It was a very good all round performance.

“The players are starting to learn the lessons and see where we are trying to go this season.

“We were collectively fantastic.”

Doncaster led 20-0 at one stage following a blistering start and showed how resolute they truly can be as they held off an onslaught from the visitors early in the second half to earn a famous win.

David McIlwaine slotted over an early penalty and a brilliant afternoon of kicking from the full back.

He managed three conversions and five penalties over the 80 minutes.

Dougie Flockhart and Tom Davies both went over before Cornish finally got off the mark through Phil Burgess.

Michael Keating touched down with McIlwaine converting while a penalty try for the Pirates cut the gap to 30-14 at the break.

Drew Locke capitalised on another Knights mistake to steady a try and threaten a Cornish comeback.

But Doncaster would not fold and McIlwaine slotted over two penalties to seal the win.

Davey lavished praise on try scorer Davies and was pleased with the performance of the replacements.

The Knights travel to second bottom Moseley on Saturday but Davey insists his side will not get carried away following Saturday’s win.

He said: “I think for us right now it’s all about building on what we have done so far.

“We will not underestimate anyone in this division because every team can hurt you.

“It’s important that we learn from what we did on Saturday and take it forward.

“Moseley is a difficult place to go so we need to be on our game.

“But if we play like we did against Cornish then we won’t be far away in any game this season.”

PJ Gidlow and Alex Brown both came off through injury against the Pirates and are doubts for Saturday’s trip.