Davey: It’s get your own back time

Knights' new signing Gareth McDonogh looks set for a chance to impress ahead of the play offs. Picture: Andrew Roe
Knights' new signing Gareth McDonogh looks set for a chance to impress ahead of the play offs. Picture: Andrew Roe

BRETT Davey believes the Knights are being ‘disrespected’ after enduring two wasted journeys in three weeks but will embark on a revenge mission this weekend.

The director of rugby will instruct his side to use the perceived slight to their advantage when they get out on the field for the rearranged fixtures.

The Knights made an eight hour round trip to take on London Welsh on Saturday, a match which was postponed within an hour of the scheduled kick off time, mirroring a similarly fruitless journey to Nottingham last month.

And Davey was angered by the lack of foresight on both occasions.

He said: “I’m massively frustrated by all this and it feels like we’re being disrespected.

“There’s clearly not a lot of regard for the welfare of our players.

“Unfortunately there’s not a lot we can do about it because it seems to be a grey area when it comes to this.

“All I can think is that the referees who are making these decisions aren’t particularly up to the job.

“The Nottingham pitch was never playable and speaking to a couple of the London Welsh lads, they weren’t keen on playing on their pitch on Saturday.

“It’s just not good enough with two wrong decisions in the space of three weeks – it’s laughable.”

Davey insists his men will not dwell on the setback and instead will use it as an advantage when they return for the rescheduled fixtures – London Welsh on Saturday (2pm) and Nottingham on Wednesday (7.45pm).

He said: “There was a lot of frustration on Saturday and we’ll be telling the lads to go out and use that this weekend.

“The lads will have that disrespect in their minds when they go out there and they’ll be looking to get their own back with a strong performance.”

Despite already sealing a top eight finish, Davey named almost as strong a side as available for last weekend’s doomed trip to Old Deer Park.

The situation is now likely to change as the reshuffling of fixtures has left the Knights with three games in six days, including next weekend’s mammoth South Yorkshire derby with Rotherham Titans.

And while Davey knows there is a lot of work to be done, he is confident he will get the best from whichever group of players he sends out.

He said: “After we’d sealed the top eight spot we wanted to storm in the play offs and not take the last few games lightly.

“But that’s easier when you’ve got six days in between to recover from each game, not three games in seven days.

“It’s not a worry though because we’ve only got two players out injured and me and Kendo (Glen Kenworthy) have no hesitation in putting any of the lads in there.

“We know we’re going to get maximum effort from whichever group of lads go out there.

“We’re missing David McIlwaine but Dougie Flockhart came in and scored 24 points against Esher.

“And we’ve got the young lads Toby Berridge and Gareth McDonogh (pictured above) who we’re looking forward to giving some game time.

“It shows you how strong we are right now that we could leave out top players like Andy Boyde, Stuart Corsar and Andy Brown at the weekend.”

PJ Gidlow is set to return to action this week but McIlwaine will almost certainly miss the remainder of the season as he requires surgery after tearing his pectoral muscle away from his shoulder.

Tom Luke has already been ruled out for the rest of the campaign.