Brookes set for Knights’ debut

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DONCASTER Knights will have new dual-registered signing from Leicester Tigers, prop Keiran Brookes, on debut in tonight’s crucial Championship encounter against fellow strugglers Moseley at Castle Park (7.45).

Knights, who fielded two debutantes in the front-row in last Friday’s confidence-boosting 27-13 B & I Cup Pool 8 win over Nottingham at Meadow Lane, also welcome back front-rower Tom Davies.

The Doncaster-born forward was a late withdrawal last week after pulling up in training on the eve of the match.

“They were both outstanding and I would have had no worries about playing them tonight,” said Knights’ boss Brett Davey.

Yet to record a win in the league this season, Davey makes an enforced change on the left wing with former second-rower Dan Smith, who has scored in the last two games, being ruled out with a knee injury sustained at Meadow Lane.

Summer signing Tyson Lewis, a second half replacement last week, will start.

Although buoyed by the win over the green and whites, Davey is keeping his feet firmly on the ground.

“Last week’s win, and the manner in which it was achieved, has given everyone at the club a lift but we start again tonight,” warned the Welshman.

“We did a lot of things well last week, both in attack and in defence, and we will have to the same tonight if we are to beat Moseley.

“They might not traditionally be one of the strongest clubs in the Championship, but there hasn’t been a great deal between the two sides in recent years with home advantage usually proving the deciding factor.

“They may be in the bottom half of the table but they have had some good results of late, including a win over Bristol, so there is no room for complacency on our part. “