Knights hope to get first victory

DONCASTER Knights’ boss Brett Davey is hoping that his charges carry on from where they left off against Cornish Pirates last weekend in today’s Championship clash against Moseley at Castle Park (2.30).

Knights, who had a last-minute try disallowed, went close to salvaging a draw against last season’s beaten play-off finalists after trailing 36-11 at the break.

“There are not many sides capable of out-scoring Pirates 21-3 in the second half down there,” said Davey, who is hoping that it will be a case of third time lucky in Knights’ efforts to claim their first win of the season.

Moseley held Pirates to a 27-27 draw at home in their opening match of the season.

“I’ve watched a DVD of the game and they looked pretty decent and they play some good rugby as well,” said Davey.

“The result surprised me a little bit at the time. It was a bit similar to our game against the Pirates in that they came from behind to get back into it.

“They’ve made a few changes since last season but they’ve kept the nucleus of the side. We want to play an expansive game this season whenever possible, but I think today will be a case of trying to play a game which suits us so whatever it takes we’ll be trying to do.”

Knights will be without back-rower Michael Noone, who picked a knee injury in the Pirates’ game.

The Moseley squad shows three changes from last weekend’s 20-10 home defeat against Nottingham.

Fitness and conditioning coach Paul Devlin has parted company with Knights with immediate effect.

“Paul has left to pursue a full-time strength and conditioning position at another sporting organisation and the club would like to take this opportunity to thank Paul for his services to the club and wish him every success in the future,” said spokesman Gareth Alred.