Festive frustration

Chris Hallam of Doncaster Knights.
Chris Hallam of Doncaster Knights.

BRETT Davey has been left frustrated in his search for cover for the injury ravaged Knights.

The director of rugby has a bare bones squad to work with and is desperate to boost his ranks with the Championship season now well into its second half.

He said: “We really need to find some cover and we’re looking high and low but we’re having no luck.

“The position I’m particularly concerned about is scrum half because with the terrible thing that happened to Lee Audis, Chris Hallam is playing all the time.

“We’ve not stopped looking because it’s a priority to get someone in but we can’t find anybody and it’s frustrating.”

Davey admitted he would have liked to have rotated his side on Saturday for the final British and Irish Cup group game with Swansea at Castle Park.

However, the match day 22 is likely to be much the same as the one which earned victory at London Scottish last weekend.

He said: “We’re just not in a position to change the side around right now because we’ve got the bare bones 22.

“Because it’s a Saturday game we’re struggling to use the lads from Sheffield Tigers so there’s no chance of any relief there.

“It’s just a situation we’re having to put up with.”

Tries from Matt Challinor, Fred Burdon and Ben Toft helped the Knights to the win in London.

Scottish battled back from 17-3 down to level the match at 20-20 with ten minutes to go but Toft’s try sealed the win for Doncaster.

Though Davey was pleased with the victory, he believes it was worst performance the Knights have produced in recent weeks.

But he was full of praise of the manner which his players have dealt with a difficult time.

He said: “I was really pleased with the win because it’s been very hard over the last few weeks with all the injuries and what happened to Lee.

“This bunch are a credit to the club and I’m really proud of them.

“We could have had four wins in these last four weeks but we’ve won two, lost two.

“It’s strange but although we won on Saturday, I thought it was our worst performance of those four.

“We know there are a lot of areas for improvement.

“But after Scottish got it back to 20-all, the lads didn’t fold and went on to score and win which was fantastic.”

Victory over Swansea on Saturday will all-but seal the Knights’ passage into the knockout phase of the B&I Cup.

Swansea have lost both their opening two games of the competition and must win their remaining two to have any chance of progression.

n Knights are offering fans the opportunity to claim half price tickets for Saturday’s cup clash with Swansea - if they turn up at Castle Park in full festive fancy dress.

A Christmas market will also be held at Castle Park from 12pm-3pm.