Davey to keep quiet over Knights success

Latu Makaafi
Latu Makaafi

BRETT Davey has pledged not to get carried away by the Knights’ recent excellent run of form and stick to what he calls the ‘Doncaster way’ – doing things quietly.

The Knights once again came on strong in the second half to beat relegated Leeds Carnegie 30-16 at Headingley, stretching their winning run to three matches and staking an early claim to be the best rugby union side in Yorkshire.

But as he prepares for the visit of Plymouth Albion on Saturday (2.30pm), Davey insists he will not be shouting from the rooftops about the recent success.

He said: “We’re just keen to get on with our business and take each game as it comes.

“I think it’s the Doncaster way – just getting your head down and doing the job.

“My predecessor Lynn Howells was like that and so am I.

“Our minimum target is a top eight finish but I’m confident we can do a lot better than that.

“And if we find ourselves the highest placed team in Yorkshire we’ll take a lot of pride in that because of how good the other teams are.”

Tries from David McIlwaine, Chris Hallam, Tom Davies and Mike Whitehead gave the Knights the win over Leeds.

And while they sealed another bonus point triumph to move up to fourth in the Championship, Davey was not entirely happy with his side’s performance.

He said: “I’m really pleased with the five points because we didn’t play that well at times.

“There were a lot of little things we were doing wrong and it made life hard for us at times.

“We’ve got plenty to be working on but you cannot fault the players and coaching staff for what they have put in so far.

“The coaches deserve all the credit in the world, this good run is down to them.”

Saturday’s opponents Plymouth come to Castle Park on the back of two straight defeats but Davey expects a tough test.

He said: “You can’t afford an off day in this league or you’ll get punished.

“Plymouth were unlucky against Bristol and just conceded at the wrong time.”