DONCASTER Knights’ boss Brett Davey praised for his side despite seeing them beaten 17-15 t lowly Championship rivals Moseley.
“I’m probably more proud of them than I’ve ever been,” said the coach after seeing the Birmingham side snatch victory with a converted try at the death.
“It had been a tough week (following the news that scrum-half Lee Audis had been badly injured in a car crash at the weekend) and the fact that we were without both Alex Brown and PJ Gidlow.
“We also had to make late changes on Friday, which disrupted us, after fly-half Tom Luke pulled out. We had to play full-back David McIlwaine, who I don’t think has ever played there before, switch Dougie Flockhart to full-back and draft in Ben Toft on the wing.
“Skipper Chris Hallam had been very ill for a couple of days and he probably shouldn’t have played but he played the full 80 minutes and I thought he was absolutely incredible.
“Despite all our problems, we were desperately unlucky not to win and some of the referee’s decisions didn’t help - though he got little help from either of his touch judges.
“We played with the wind in the first half and we didn’t really get a grip on the game.
“The second half we carried the ball and played very well. Moseley defended well but it was crystal clear to me that they were offside so often but they never got penalised,
“Yet the referee awarded them a penalty at a crucial stage, which they kicked, to reduce the deficit to five points.
“It changed the game and made us do things that we wouldn’t normally have done. Prior to the penalty we were two scores in front and felt very comfortable.”