Davey wants more from new squad

Demanding: Brett Davey
Demanding: Brett Davey

DONCASTER Knights’ boss Brett Davey says there is still more to work on in training this week in the build-up to Friday’s second warm-up game at Coventry despite the 68-14 demolition of Hull at Castle Park.

“It was a good work-out against Hull and exactly what we are looking for,” said Davey after seeing his new-look squad in action for the first time, I was really pleased with our fitness and Paul Devlin (who featured in the game) has had a lot to do with that,” said the Welsman, who was promoted to director of rugby at the end of last season after Lynn Howells decided to seek a fresh challenge.

“But the players also deserve credit, They came back in great nick and have worked hard during the summer. We want to play at a high tempo this season and the players have got to be fit to do that.”

Knights stormed into a 49-0 interval lead after a one-sided first half but Davey still found fault with their display.

“We tried to force the game a little bit too much in the first 20 minutes and we’ll learn a lot from how we played during that time when we review the game in training this week.

“Once we settled down we played some good rugby and scored some good tries. We lost our way for 10 to 15 minutes in the second half for some reason and Hull showed a bit of spirit and scored a couple of tries.”

Davey, who has brought in more than a dozen new faces, was impressed by the newcomers on show. Winger Michael Keating scored a first-half hat-trick and full-back David McIlwaine bagged a brace. Fly-half Nick Whitehead converted nine of the ten tries.