DONCASTER Knights centre Tom Luke, if he plays, will need no introduction to Cornish Pirates’ supporters in Sunday’s tricky Championship game at Penzance.
Luke, who joined Knights from the Pirates during the summer, played for the Pirates for three years and was a member of the team which lost in last season’s Championship Promotion Play-Off final against Worcester. Luke, who spent the 2008-09 season at Doncaster, made his debut second time around in Saturday’s 38-12 home defeat against Bristol.
“It was very disappointing; it is always nice to start the season with a win,” he told The Star. “Bristol have spent a lot of money during the summer and they were a much-improved side from last year. They were a lot more organised and they had a few more local boys who know what the shirt means, It looked like they were playing with a bit of passion.
“They’ve got pace out wide, but so have we, and they were able to capitalise on our errors. We were poor at turnovers a lot of which comes down to work-rate which hopefully will get better and better as we get into the season.
“We had three pre-season games against teams, no disrespect to them, are at a lower level than the Championship and Saturday’s game was certainly a step up for the new lads who haven’t played Championship rugby before and didn’t know what to expect.
“We had to take the defeat on the chin and we’ve looked at what went wrong and we’ve worked hard this week in training to try and put things right.”
He added: “Pirates is a tough place to go after a defeat like that and after the first two games the boys will definitely have a good idea of where we are at and what this league is all about.
“I’m looking forward to going back down there and seeing a lot of close friends that I made during my time there.
“Their squad hasn’t changed much in the last three years, They’ve not made wholesale changes and have just tinkered with the side.”