DONCASTER Knights will go into battle with visiting Plymouth Albion at Castle Park today (2.30pm) looking to build on their best start to a Championship campaign.
Knights have climbed to fourth place in the table on the back of three successive bonus point wins.
“We’ll be looking to try and maintain the momentum we’ve built up and make it four wins on the trot but we won’t be treating Plymouth lightly,” said director of rugby, Brett Davey.
“The games that they have lost have all been pretty close and that’s this league all over. It doesn’t matter who you are, or who you are playing, if you are not on your game on the day you’ll get beat.
“That being the case we’ve got to make sure that we are on our game at home as have been in all our matches at Castle Park this season apart from the first one against Bristol and I take responsibility for that defeat.
“I’m happy with the start that we have made but there is still work to do and it has been good having defensive coach Neil Kelly back from the World Cup this week.
“We’ve shown that we can play an expansive game and score tries, and that is how we want to play. But we’ve also got to be able to play it tight when the occasion demands as it might do today.”
Knights will be without centre Ollie Goss, who is attending a family wedding, and summer signing Mike Whitehead, who has lost his preferred fly-half spot to Tom Luke in recent games, will deputise. Back-rower Chris Planchant, who made his comeback after a lengthy lay-off at Headingley, is set to make his home debut following his return to the club during the summer.
n KNIGHTS: Backs: McIlwaine, Flockhart, Luke, Gidlow, Keating, Whitehead, Hallam, Davies. Forwards: Davies, Boden, Burke-Flynn, Challinor, Parsons, Boyde, Farivarz, Planchant. Replacements: Corsar, Brown, Kenworthy, Makaafi, Noone, Audis, Toft.