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Brett Davey draws positives from disappointing Doncaster defeat

21 February 2012

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Doncaster Knights Head Coach Brett Davey

Photo: RFU Archive

Doncaster Knights boss Brett Davey has admitted his disappointment after their narrow loss to Yorkshire rivals Rotherham Titans at the weekend.

With their last two Championship league games coming in quick succession, he has also warned the players that they will have to take their chances to be considered for the second stage of the competition.

The Knights were stung by a last minute kick from the Titans’ Garry Law giving Rotherham a one-point victory, and Davey was damning with his verdict.

“We didn’t work hard enough and we weren’t smart enough," he said.

“We got the ball stolen from us so many times and we made too many errors, yet after all that we were a minute away from winning the game and that’s after a poor performance.

“The result wasn’t satisfying, but there were plenty of positives to take forward and we know if we play to our potential results will follow.

“Fair play to Garry Law it was a great kick and he deserves it. We’ve got to dust ourselves down and pick our chins up for a tough week ahead of knock-out rugby.”

It will be the best team we can pick - Davey

Knights next games, a midweek fixture against London Welsh and next weekend’s clash with league leaders Bristol, are likely to do little to their final position, but could build momentum going into the play-offs which commence on the March 10.

Davey said that although there will be changes to the team that lost to Rotherham, everyone will get their chance to impress.

“We didn’t play well so there will be changes but it will be the best team we can pick," he said. "There were three things that we really want to focus on and analysis will point them out this week. But we can’t continue making these errors and other lads will get their chance this week.”

Davey was impressed, however, with home debutant Gareth Quinn-McDonough, who showed huge potential in front of a record attendance and Sky cameras.

He added: “I was impressed with Gareth on his home debut. He has a lot to learn, but that’s his first taste of that environment and he will be better for it. I just hope the fans can show faith and keep behind the team.”