Kelly’s eye back on Knights’ defence

On duty: Neil Kelly
On duty: Neil Kelly
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DONCASTER Knights will have defence coach Neil Kelly back on duty at today’s training session for the first time this season,

Kelly has been away from Castle Park since July due to his commitments with the Namibia Rugby World Cup squad.

He flew home from New Zealand as soon as the African minnows’ Pool D campaign was over and he was at Headingley on Sunday to see Knights post a 30-16 win over relegated Premiership side Leeds to claim their third successive five-point victory.

Despite the fact that the club are flying high in fourth place, Knights’ director of rugby Brett Davey says he will be glad to have Kelly back on board.

“I think he did really well with Namibia,” he said. “I know the results probably didn’t show it but he was working with a lot of part-time players against world-class opposition.

“They stuck at it for 60 minutes and in most of the games it was only in the last 20 minutes or so that the other side pulled away from them.

“We know that he is going to make a big difference to us. There were elements of good defensive play by the boys on Sunday but his eyes in terms of defence are a lot finer tuned than mine are

“It doesn’t surprise me where we are at all because I believe in Kendo (Glen Kenworthy) Steve Boden and Tom Luke because of the work that they’ve been doing and now we’ve got Neil back.

“But we are under no illusions; we’ve probably got one of the smallest budgets in the league.”