Brett Davey was left proud of his players after the Knights side went down 33-29 to Nottingham in the British and Irish Cup.
Davey himself donned the number 10 jersey for the game and in an unexpected return to competitive action managed to get on the score-sheet with a try.
“I’m really proud of the team - we were always going to be a little disjointed as we had a lot of players out of position, a few coming back from injury, and the five Sheffield lads came into the side.
“Nottingham started strongly and after the first 20 minutes we were playing catch-up, we were immobilised in the first period and that was why we lost the game.”
The Knights’ performance improved significantly in the second half and Davey compared the turn-around to the second period against Cornish Pirates in the Championship two weeks ago:
“We kept on coming, when we were 15 points down we rolled up our sleeves and reformed as a group and were rewarded with the two bonus points.
“It was disappointing not to win but we were carrying a couple of passengers and organisation wasn’t what it should have been.
“We’ll have a good look at the game and take some positives from it, like Tom Davies and Latu Makaafi coming through after returning from injury.”