BRETT Davey admits life will not get any easier for Knights at rivals Leeds Carnegie tonight.
But Doncaster’s director of rugby is convinced his side is moving in the right direction.
Knights travel to Headingley on Friday night (7.45pm) having stemmed a 14-game losing run in the Championship dating back to January with an 18-18 draw against Cornish Pirates.
Davey expects another full-blooded test against Leeds but was buoyed by his team’s display against the Pirates.
He said: “This is a very competitive league and it’ll be another tough test at Leeds.
“That’s the nature of the beast.
“But once we get that first win I’m convinced more will follow.
“We took a small step in the right direction against Cornish Pirates.
“At the very least we stopped the rot - and the lads will gain a lot of confidence from that performance.
“With us not winning yet, we’ve got ourselves in behind the eight ball to a certain extent.
“But once we get the ball rolling we could go on a bit of a run.”
Rhys Buckley’s last minute try looked to have stolen victory against the Pirates at Castle Park on Friday - only for Kieran Hallett to land an equalising penalty with almost the last kick of the game.
“I was pleased with the performance,” said Davey.
“If we perform like that for the rest of the season I’d be happy.
“It’s been a tougher start to the season than we hoped for, but we’ve played three away and one of our home games was against a top Bristol side.
“We haven’t got a divine right to win rugby matches.
“But I’m optimistic about the progress we’re making.
“I’m looking forward to the next couple of months during which we’ll face sides who will be in and around us.”
Chris Hallam (illness) and Phil Hoy (ankle) are both doubts for the trip to Headingley.
Michael Keating this week underwent successful surgery on the shoulder injury he sustained against Plymouth.
The winger is expected to be out for another three months.