DONCASTER KNIGHTS: No fear for Newcastle clash

ON THE CHARGE: New Knights signing James Tincknell breaks through a tackle against Bristol. Picture: Andrew Roe.
ON THE CHARGE: New Knights signing James Tincknell breaks through a tackle against Bristol. Picture: Andrew Roe.

BRETT Davey insists the Knights will play with no fear when they visit Championship hot favourites Newcastle Falcons on Friday night, writes Liam Hoden.

Buoyed by an improved performance against Bristol last weekend, director of rugby Davey fully believes his side can trouble the former Premiership outfit – despite losing 52-17 there in pre-season.

He said: “We know it won’t be any tougher than this but we’re not fazed by it.

“We’ll go up there without any fear and give it a good go.

“I was really pleased with how the boys responded from a really poor performance at Plymouth and I only expect us to improve further.”

Though they suffered a 18-9 defeat against Bristol in the first fixture of the Friday Knight Lights experiment at Castle Park, the Knights produced a strong performance.

Defensive strength in the first half was followed by a second period spent largely on the front foot.

While Davey was disappointed with a few errors that cost his side, he was pleased with the progress.

He said: “You’ve got to remember that we’ve got a new group of players and you’re going to need a bit of time to gel.

“I was concerned down in Plymouth but there were plenty of positives against Bristol.

“It’s a difficult situation because you’re disappointed about losing, the mistakes the side have made and the fact we didn’t score a try.

“But there was plenty to be pleased with and it was definitely a game that we could have won.

“I think we’re coming on well and it won’t be long before we’re going great guns.

“Newcastle will be incredibly tough but I don’t fear going there.

“We learned a lot about them in the pre-season game and we can take that into Friday night.”

Newcastle were pushed close at London Scottish on Saturday before emerging 49-32 winners, following up their opening day 37-20 win at Bristol.

The Knights will be without Tom Davies who suffered a broken thumb in the defeat to Bristol.

Davey said: “Unfortunately it looks like we’re going to be without Tom for a couple of months because he seems to have damaged a tendon in his finger.”