DONCASTER KNIGHTS: Learning curve for Knights

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Doncaster Knights boss Brett Davey believes his players can learn a lot from what will be their toughest trip of the season.

Davey’s team travel to face the formidable Newcastle Falcons tonight following two straight defeats. The home side are expected to triumph but Davey sees it as a chance for his players to show what they can do.

He told The Star: “Newcastle away is the toughest fixture all season but it’s an opportunity for some of our players to play in front of a big crowd and to play our own game.

“They have players there that are a long way in front of other players in the league but we can learn some lessons and be ok. I don’t believe in going up there to try and spoil their game because we can show what we’re capable of.”

Since the opening horror show against Plymouth Davey has witnessed encouraging signs from his players and reiterated his commitment to the long-term development of players’ skills including fly- half Jamie Lennard, who has proven himself reliable with the boot.

“The game against Plymouth was probably our poorest performance in four years but we have a new group of players who have to bed in and find out each other’s games,” continued Davey.

“Seven days later and we were five minutes away from beating Bristol.

“Jamie’s fitting in really well but we want to make him a better attacking player.

“My philosophy has always been to develop and to make players better and that’s why we have a good turnover of players to the Premiership and Championship but we’ve also cut our cloth accordingly.

“A lot of teams are paying over the top wages but we’ve got a little bit of stability and we want to build on it.”

Davey confirmed that prop Tom Davies will be out for three weeks with a finger injury.