Doncaster Knights ‘can beat anyone on their day’ - Heaney

Doncaster Knights' Michael Heaney
Doncaster Knights' Michael Heaney

Doncaster Knights scrum-half Michael Heaney believes that if his side can tidy up their defence, they can beat anyone on their day.

Clive Giffiths’ men host Jersey tomorrow in the Greene King IPA Championship, looking to build on last weekend’s win at Nottingham and an encouraging opening day defeat to London Welsh.

Knights have scored more points than anyone else this season, racking up nearly 70 after just two games, but have conceded 65.

However, Heaney believes Doncaster have all the skills required to be a serious Championship force.

“If you’d offered us seven points from the first two games of the season we’d probably have taken it, but it was nice to be on the winning side of a high-scoring affair this time around,” said Heaney.

“Obviously we want to keep doing what we’re doing in attack, because it’s clearly going pretty well.

“Sometimes we need to pressure teams up front and at the lineout, but we’ve seen in the first two weeks that we can score some pretty good tries out wide.

“The main focus for the next couple of weeks will be to try and sure things up a bit in defence because we’re obviously leaking a few tries.

“We’ve not seen too much of Jersey it being early season,” he added.

“But at this stage we’re not too focused on them, but more trying to get what we do right.”

Heaney is at the beginning of his second spell at the club, having left in 2012 to join Pro12 side Ulster, but he started just seven league games in his three years there.

The Knights are a very different outfit these days, having been relegated and promoted, and even this summer have made a number of signings to create a new-look line-up.

“If you look at the best sides in the world, there are guys who have been playing inside and outside each other for long periods of time,” Heaney said.

“The All Blacks at the moment, they’re all very comfortable playing with each other.

“We’ve made a lot of signings and it takes time, there’s no question, but we’re hoping that we can get as close to being on the same page as soon as possible.

“There are only about three or four players here from the last time I was here, but I’m very pleased to be back with Doncaster Knights.

“The last couple of years I haven’t played as much rugby as I would have liked, but I hope that I can bring the experience that I’ve had back to Doncaster, and that will stand us in good stead going forward.

“With the players that we’ve got at the club, if we do everything right, we’ll be in a good position and we’ll win more than we lose.

“This league is very tight, so not to think that you can make the play-offs is a bit on the negative side. In our minds, if we get things right we can beat anyone on the day.”