DONCASTER Knights’ boss Lynn Howells has called for his charges to be more disciplined in tonight’s rearranged Championship clash against Nottingham at Meadow Lane.
Knights gave away a number of penalties in Saturday’s 35-34 derby defeat at Rotherham, seven of which were converted by centre Juan Pablo Socino, and Howells is keen to avoid a repeat showing in the club’s last away game of the Championship season.
“If we go away from home and score 34 points and work hard for those points and then we give the home side an easy 21 points by just kicking penalties then we aren’t going to win many games,” said the Welshman.
Whilst Knights were losing at Clifton Lane over the weekend Nottingham were going down to their first defeat in four home games against leaders Worcester on Sunday evening.
Howells says that the extra 27 hours rest’ between games should be an advantage to Knights.
But warns: “I would have thought that Nottingham would have targeted our game rather than Worcester.
“They have also got a big squad so are able to rotate players.”
Howells expects tonight’s game to be an entertaining affair.
“It will definitely be an open game because that’s the way they have been playing all season and they are playing it very well,” he said.
“We enjoyed the game against Nottingham at Castle Park and we are looking forward to tonight’s game.
“Meadow Lane is a tough place to go but we beat them last year in the play-offs which shows that we can beat them down there and it would be a good result and a statement of intent ahead of the play-offs were we go there and win tonight.
“The point that we picked up at Rotherham means that our top-eight spot is now secure and we just want to make sure that we hold on to sixth spot.”
Mathematically, Knights could still pip Nottingham for fifth place but that would be a double-edged sword for Howells as it would place them in the same pool as Worcester.
Knights will be without veteran second-rower Glen Kenworthy, who picked up a knock in Saturday’s game.
“He could be fit for Saturday, but tonight’s too soon,” said Howells.