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Davies aiming to kick on against Scots

Alex Davies expects Ealing Trailfinders to be in confident mood when they host their first Greene King IPA Championship match of the season against London Scottish on Saturday.

Davies and the rest of Ben Ward’s team had to watch as Rotherham Titans’ fly-half Tom Barrett kicked a last-minute penalty to win their opening match 24-23. 

The West Londoners did have the consolation of returning down the M1 with a losing bonus point, more than they managed the last time they visited South Yorkshire when they were on the end of a 79-9 defeat in the second match of the 2013-14 season. 

“We’ve got to keep our heads high, ” Davies said. “We’ve put in a good performance against a top four side. It’s a tough place to come and we’ve come here and fronted up. 

“We couldn’t have lost any harsher. It’s a tough one to swallow, but we turn around next week with our first home game in the Championship and we’ll be firing for that one.”

Ealing Trailfinders’ trip to Clifton Lane was their first match in the Championship since a 36-29 defeat to Rotherham condemned them to relegation at the end of the 2013-14 season. 

There was a far different complex to a match that swung backwards and forwards for the entirety of the 80 minutes. Davies opened the scoring with a penalty on two minutes and his second of the match with three minutes to go appeared to have secured the win until Barrett intervened. 

In between times, Davies converted Chris York and Arthur Ellis’ tries, while his half-back partner Tristan Roberts dropped a goal early in the second half.

“We got promotion last year, so we needed to make a statement today, ” Davies said. “I don’t think we can fault the effort, but we may have needed to be a bit smarter at times because this league is tough and a dog-fight at times. 

“It was sod’s law that the kicker missed everything all day and then got the one that mattered. It was tough to take like that, but we couldn’t have asked any more from the boys.”