Alarming defeat brought Knights down to earth

Food for thought: Brett Davey
Food for thought: Brett Davey
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DONCASTER Knights’ six-match unbeaten run came to an abrupt end last Saturday with a 32-15 home defeat against Nottingham.

The sad thing was that Knights were well on top in the opening exchanges playing into the wind and scored the game’s first try.

Then, minutes before half-time, and trailing by only 11-5, they then made three elementary mistakes which saw them concede two penalties and a converted try.

Even with the wind at their backs Knights were unable to claw their way back into the match despite scoring three tries - the same as Nottingham.

An analysis of the game showed that Knights made almost as many mistakes in this one game as they had in the previous six leaving director or rugby, Brett Davey with much food for thought.

It was interesting to see the reaction to the defeat as expectations had been on an up following the unbeaten run.

Some supporters have expressed their thoughts in print and, whilst accepting that everyone has a right to their view, it was nice to see that others took a reasoned view based on the improvements they have seen in the opening weeks of the season.

This weekend Knights are away in London at Esher, who are bottom of the table so it’s a potential banana skin.

Hopefully Knights will have learned from their mistakes of last week and can get back to winning ways. I always enjoy going to Esher, who are the only side that Knights play that I used to play against when I lived in London all those years ago.

During the week Knights signed young centre Fred Burdon from Newcastle. Fred is a double Varsity Blue and was their player of the season in both of those years. We are all waiting for him to be given a chance to show us how good he is and we welcome him to Castle Park.