Play-off blow for Knights ace Devlin

Ruled out: Paul Devlin.

Ruled out: Paul Devlin.

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DONCASTER Knights’ centre Paul Devlin will miss out on playing against one of his former clubs in Sunday’s opening Championship play-off Pool B game at Cornish Pirates.

“He took a knock to the head in the game against Ayr so it will be another week before we can consider him, but he’ll go down with us,” said Knights’ boss Lynn Howells.

“We are down to 22 players so we are struggling realistically. We are just hoping that they all come through today’s training session.”

One of Howells’ biggest headaches will be at centre following the loss of the strong-running PJ Gidlow, who suffered a broken arm at Ayr.

“It will be a loss because PJ is an experienced player and he’s played most of the season,” said the Welshman.

Another problem spot for Knights could be at fly-half if Tristram Roberts, one of several players facing late fitness tests, is ruled out, with dual-registered Christian Lewis-Pratt being recalled by Leeds this week.

Knights had a rare weekend off last weekend as a result of their failure to reach the knockout stages of the British & Irish Cup.’

“The break has helped with the preparations,” said Howells. “ We have managed to re-group and have a rethink and that is the same for management as well as players.

“It has helped re-focus the mind and we are pretty excited about the game. We are under no pressure. They have got a good home record and the pressure is all on them.”

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