Doncaster Knights take on the Championship’s bottom club Moseley tomorrow night just five days after taking on top side Bristol.
Having lost their unbeaten league record, which dated back to October, skipper Michael Hills knows Knights can’t afford another defeat in their battle to retain second spot and remains confident they’ll return to winning ways at Billesley Common.
“Obviously everyone was disappointed, especially to lose in such circumstances, because we played very well,” he said.
“It was probably one of our best attacking performances all year and we defended very well.
“But we turned over too much ball and we should have kept the ball better because the breakdown was a tough affair for us and they were often dangerous from it.
“They’ve worked hard on their driving maul - they knew it was a weakness when we beat them down there - and they knew they had to come here with a strong driving maul and they did.
“The pleasing thing for us is that they never broke us down the middle.”
Hills admits it might take a similar performance to see off the struggling Birmingham side, beaten 32-0 at Cornish Pirates on Saturday.
“We were fighting for our lives at times in the second half of last season so we know what will be said in their dressing room before the game and we know what sort of attitude their players will take on to the field,” he said.
“It’s a short turnaround for us, and we know it’s going to be a tough game because they are always charged up down there on a Friday night so it will be another great test for us.
“Historically, Moseley’s main threat has always come from their forwards.
“But they’ve changed their game this year and have tried to move the ball about more so they’ve got an all-round game.
“With the situation they are in we know they are going to be scrapping for everything, so we’ve got to go down there and show them why we are second in the league”