DONCASTER Knights director of rugby Brett Davey has warned his players of the threat posed by Matty Williams as his new-look team gear up to host much fancied Bristol in their opening Championship clash tomorrow (2.30pm).
Flying winger Williams, who was one of the leading try scorers in the division last year, left the Knights in April, having spent three years at Castle Park.
He followed in the footsteps of fly-half Tristan Roberts, who also moved from the Knights to the Memorial Stadium at the end of last year,
Davey told The Star: “They are both dangerous players and we were sorry to see them go. Matt has exceptional pace; he is probably the quickest player in the league.
“But we have to concentrate on ourselves and what we can do. The game can’t come quick enough for us and everybody is looking forward to it.”
Buoyed by three wins on the spin over Hull, Coventry and Bedwas in pre-season, Davey is relishing the prospect of taking on Bristol and is urging his new look squad to make home advantage count.
Davey, who has drafted in 11 new players, said: “Bristol have recruited really well and have a big squad. They are full time so it is a big challenge for us but we are all raring to go. We want to make Castle Park a place where sides struggle to get a result.
“We want sides to come here knowing that they will have to play incredibly well to win. Bristol come here with a big reputation but we are confident we can get the result and performance we want.”
Davey, in his first season at the helm with the Knights, has confirmed prop Tom Davies and No 8 Chris Planchant will miss the Championship curtain-raiser. Both are ruled out with shoulder injuries which they sustained in the in the hard fought 13-10 triumph over Bedwas and are expected to be on the sidelines until mid-September.
Winger Ben Toft is another absentee with a knee problem while centre Paul Devlin is rated 50/50 to feature because of a hand knock.