Davey raging over matches


DONCASTER Knights will be looking to bounce back from successive Championship defeats in today’s rearranged clash against London Welsh at Old Deer Park (2pm).

It is the first of two games in three days for the Knights, who also visit leaders Bristol on Friday in their last fixture before the play-offs start next weekend.

“I am absolutely raging about the situation,” said Knights’ boss Brett Davey prior to the team leaving for their overnight hotel. We were originally scheduled to play Bristol on Saturday but they approached us about playing the game on the Friday night in October or November last year and we didn’t have a problem with that.

But as it has panned out having to play London Welsh just 48 before is ridiculous. Today’s game was originally going to be played yesterday but London Welsh (who played London Scottish on Sunday) wanted it playing today.

“That is okay as far as they are concerned but everyone seems to have forgotten that we’ve already been inconvenienced in this situation. We had to travel down there earlier this month when, in my opinion, the pitch was never going to be playable.

“Now we’ve got to down there again as well as having to play away at Bristol in what will be our fourth game in ten days. It’s something that needs looking at because having to play in midweek, as we also had to do in the British & Irish Cup pool games, puts too much of a physical strain on the players.

“It’s probably not too bad for those clubs who have dual-registered players, or have links with a Premiership club. But when, like us, you have to operate with a 29-man squad it is an absolute joke.”

Eighth-placed Knights could finish two places higher but need to beat both Welsh and Bristol - who have both beaten them at home - and for other results to go their way.