Struggling Knights ‘not looking like the Doncaster side of recent years’ – Michael Hills

Cameron Cowell impressed against Jersey.
Cameron Cowell impressed against Jersey.

Captain Michael Hills knows Doncaster Knights need a big improvement to trouble Bedford Blues at Goldington Road.

Hills’ hopes of leading Knights to their first win in three games on his return to action were dashed last weekend when Jersey romped to victory at Castle Park.

“As a team we were very disappointed with how we played,” said Hills.

“Defensively, and at times in attack, we were just not good enough and we’ve got to look at that both as individuals and as a team.

“I don’t think we could argue being 19-7 down at half time because we’d made some bad errors and we knew we needed to play better in the second. We started brightly but then conceded another try.

“There was probably a 20-minute spell in the second half when we put them under a bit of pressure.

“In addition to scoring a couple of tries we twice lost the ball five metres out and as a result we potentially missed out on 14 points.

But the other 60 minutes just wasn’t good enough.

“At the moment we aren’t looking like the Doncaster side of recent years.

“There is only one way we can fix that and that is by working really hard to turn things around.

“We’ve got quality coaches and good backing and we’ve got a great bunch of lads who were absolutely gutted on Saturday after a performance like that at home and I’m not sure many of us slept that well that night.

“We started again on Monday in training and the focus all week has been the Bedford game.

We were gutted after the Jersey game but after every game you have to put that behind you and look forward.

“It’s another big game on Saturday and they are a good side. But historically we’ve done well at Bedford.

“We know we were a long way off at the weekend but we can turn things around in a week.

“The players have got the right mindset so I’m confident going forward.”