DONCASTER Knights will be without back-rower Michael Noone in Saturday’s Championship clash against Moseley at Castle Park.
But Noone’s knee injury, sustained in Sunday’s 39-32 defeat at Cornish Pirates, is not as bad as first feared and Knights’ boss Brett Davey expects him to be back in contention within a month.
The Knights’ squad began the build-up to Saturday’s game, where they will be looking to record their first win of the season, yesterday, buoyed by an impressive second half display against Pirates.
They had looked to be heading for a drubbing against their bogey team when trailing 36-11 at the break, but they dug deep in the second half and came close to snatching a draw at the death.
“I think the players were slightly embarrassed by their first half performance when they came in at half-time,” said Davey yesterday.
“We kind off ignored the scoreboard during the interval and we just told the players to play for themselves and their team-mates in the second half and in fairness the response was fantastic; I couldn’t fault them.
“I doubt if any other side in the division could have gone down there and won the second half 21-3. The problem was that we’d just given ourselves too much to do.
“But we could have snatched a draw at the end if we hadn’t dropped the ball and I think a draw would possibly been a fair result because as well as dominating the second half we did show flashes of our ability in the first half and missed two tries.
“There is still a lot of work to do ahead of the Moseley game, including being more clinical when it comes to taking chances.
“But our second half performance, in particular, will have given the players an insight into what the team’s potential actually is.”
Knights could have back-rowers Chris Planchant and Adam Kettle, neither of whom has played so far this season. available for Saturday’s match against the Birmingham side.