DONCASTER Knights flying wing star Tyson Lewis has got the nod over fit-again Dan Smith in today’s South Yorkshire Championship derby against Rotherham Titans at Clifton Lane.
Lewis was recalled to the side to face Moseley last Friday after former second-rower Smith was ruled out with a knee injury and scored two tries to help secure Knights their first league win of the season.
“Whether to pick Tyson or Dan has been my biggest decision this week,” said director of rugby Brett Davey. “They both offer something different and I also had to take into account the fact that Clifton Lane is a narrow pitch.
“I’ve gone for Tyson because I think he might nick us a try but Dan is very unlucky because he came in and scored in both games.”
Titans parted company with head coach Andre Bester in midweek but Davey told The Star that he didn’t think it would have any impact on the game.
“I’m sure their players will just be focusing on the game with it being a derby just as out players will be,” he said.
Knights are without the services of in-form scrum-half Louis Silver, who suffered an ankle injury last week - former Rotherham favourite Chris Hallam taking over - and are also without Leicester prop Keiran Brookes.
Titans have proved tough to beat at home in recent seasons, but Knights will not lack confidence according to Davey.
“We’ve won our last two games and we played well in the previous two or three games, and we are on an upward curve,” he said.