KNIGHTS: Must do better in clash with Rotherham Titans

ON THE RIGHT TRACK: Dougie Flockhart finds a gap during the Knights' win over Moseley. Picture: Andrew Roe.
ON THE RIGHT TRACK: Dougie Flockhart finds a gap during the Knights' win over Moseley. Picture: Andrew Roe.

BRETT Davey will demand his Knights side stay switched on for 80 minutes to ensure they bring something home from the crunch derby at Rotherham Titans.

The Knights travel to Clifton Lane buoyed by the much-needed 24-16 win over Moseley last weekend.

And while pleased to pick up a first win in the Championship since January, Davey’s verdict remains ‘must do better.’

“We just needed a win,” the director of rugby said.

“It’s been coming and the first half performance was very good.

“But although we talked about doing the right things at half time, we just allowed them to build pressure.

“I was worried after five minutes of the second half, we dropped off so much.

“We basically gave them the ball and defended for 40 minutes – I think we had four opportunities to go and play.

“The message I’ve got to get across is to play for 80 minutes and not 40 minutes.

“If we do that, we’ll not be far away.

“We are capable of scoring points but we’re also capable of shooting ourselves in the foot.

“But Friday night was just about winning a game of rugby.

“Now we build on that.”

Davey acknowledges the Knights must be at their best if they are to take anything from the clash with Rotherham, particularly in the rapidly improving set piece.

He said: “Our set piece was very good against Moseley and it’s testament to the hard work Glen Kenworthy has been putting in with the players.

“We’ve felt we’ve been on an upward curve with it over the last few weeks.

“We’re going to need it this weekend, we know that.

“You know what you’re going to get with Rotherham.

“They’re big up front, they’re big at the back – they’re just big.

“We’ve got to try and keep the ball rolling and get moving up that table.”

Davey was left frustrated by another bout of indiscipline which left the Knights with 14 men for much of the second half.

Adam Kettle, Dom Parsons and Matt Challinor were all sinbinned at various points after the break.

And Davey will hammer home the message of keeping a cool head.

He said: “We have got a lesson to learn as a group – we’re not going to win rugby matches if we have to play the majority of the second half with 14 men.

“It’s a positive we managed to win the game but it’s got to the point of being farcical.

“It’s a ridiculous situaton and we’ve got to sort it out.”

Louis Silver will miss the trip to Rotherham after turning over on his ankle against Moseley.

Davey is hoping to be able to call on prop Kieran Brookes who impressed in his first game in Knights colours after joining from Leicester Tigers on a dual registration deal.

Brookes is with the Knights to gain match fitness after spending much of last term on the sidelines.