DONCASTER Knights’ flying winger Tyson Lewis is hoping that he did enough in last Friday’s 24-16 Championship win over Moseley at Castle Park to retain his place in the side to take on derby rivals Rotherham Titans at Clifton Lane on Saturday.
Only recalled to the starting line-up after Dan Smith was ruled out through injury, Lewis raced in for two first-half tries to earn Knights a 15-point interval lead.
“They were good scores but it was even better to win,” the 27 year-old winger told The Star. “It was a good long ball from Tom (Luke) for the first, but it was a difficult finish. I probably caught the ball on the edge of their 22 and stepped inside a defender and got hit by a cover tackle just short of the line but my momentum took me over.
“The second try was more like a training ground sevens’ move. We have a set move and it came off on the night. I definitely enjoyed it. I got the chance to show what I’m about with a bit of pace and a good step.
“I could have had a hat-trick on the night from another training ground move but for a high bounce from a kick by Louis (Silver) in between the two tries.
“Fortunately, the two tries proved crucial and won us the game, but we probably made too hard work of it. We led 21-6 at half-time and looked in the ascendency but the wind really got up in the second half and we found ourselves penned in our own half.
“The idea was to get an early try in the second half but it didn’t work out like that and it was a bit hit and miss and we kind of got into a tussle with them instead of playing like we did in the first half.
“I thought we looked dangerous when we played with tempo but for too much of the second half we looked to relieve pressure. But playing into that wind we weren’t able to do that on most occasions.”
Although in competition with former second-rower Smith, Tyson says he was right behind his rival in the B & I Cup games against Melrose and Nottingham as he grabbed his chance with both hands with a try in both games,
“Dan and I get on quite well and we bounce off each other in training,” he said. “I was the first one cheering him to score in the game at Nottingham. I try not to worry about what other people are doing, I just try and control what I can control.”
Lewis, who ran 11 seconds for the 100 metres in his younger days, is arguably the quickest player on the club’s books and only needs to score a few more tries like his second one on Friday to become a fans’ favourite.
He moved to Devon from Blackheath in 2011 and joined Knights from Championship rivals Plymouth Albion during the summer.
“It’s been a great move and I’m over the moon to be here,” he said. “They are a great bunch of boys and you are happy to come in and work hard in training. Obviously the start of the season hasn’t been the best but it’s early days. I think that the club signed something like 18 players in the summer so it was always going to take time for us to gel.
“Probably the coaching staff don’t know the best side and there is an element of trial and error but I think we are getting there and hopefully we can build on the Moseley win and start climbing the table.”