DONCASTER Knights’ boss Brett Davey has mainly kept faith with the side which ended a four-match losing run this season in last weekend’s draw at home to Cornish Pirates in tonight’s Championship derby against Leeds at Headingley (8pm).
Dante Mama’s man-of-the-match performance at full-back against Pirates means he will start wearing the No 15 shirt tonight.
The one change to the Knights back division is at scrum-half where Louis Silver gets the nod over former skipper Chris Hallam, after making an impressive return from injury off the bench last week.
The Knights front-row remains unchanged after a solid performance up front against a huge Pirates pack which means captain Matt Challinor will again start in the boiler house of second-row alongside Dominic Parsons, who makes his third competitive start of the season.
Jethro Rawling returns to the starting fifteen at open side flanker alongside Adam Kettle and Chris Planchant, who makes his second start of the season following his try-scoring return to the starting line up last week.
The game marks the first game in the new Yorkshire Regiment Trophy yesterday at Clifford’s Tower in York on Wednesday which sees results of games between Knights, Leeds and Rotherham decide the destination of the trophy.
“There is nothing like a derby game, I think it is great initiative that we can honour the efforts of the guys in the Yorkshire Regiment who do the county proud both at home and abroad and we will do our utmost to start on a winning foot against Leeds,” said Challinor. “We’re improving with each game.”