Knights primed for TV spotlight

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DIRECTOR of rugby Brett Davey has challenged his players to raise their games at Bedford Blues today and admitted: “It is an opportunity for them to put themselves in the shop window.”

Doncaster Knights head to Bedford, kick-off 3.45pm, seeking a fifth win on the trot in the Championship. The clash is to be screened live on Sky and Davey is urging the Knights to embrace playing in front of the Sky cameras.

“From the players perspective, it is an opportunity for them to put themselves in the shop window,” he told The Star. “The game is on Sky and we are all looking forward to it. It is important the players don’t go off and do their own thing just because we are on Sky. They have to keep doing the basics right and stick to the game plan.

“It is going to be interesting game to see how the players cope with live television. Some of them will not have it experienced this before and it will be a learning curve for them. There will be some players who will make mistakes and try things they wouldn’t normally do so they will learn a lot from the experience.”

The Welshman has opted to freshen up his side from the come-from-behind victory over Leeds Carnegie in the British and Irish Cup in midweek and has made 13 alterations to the line-up.

Centre Oli Goss and flanker Latu Makaafi are the sole survivors from the team who edged out Leeds 24-22 at Castle Park. Andy Boyde and Michael Noone, the try-scorers against Leeds, will look to make an impact from the bench.

Despite lying fourth in the table following victories over Moseley, London Scottish, Leeds and Plymouth Albion, Davey is refusing to underestimate Bedford, who comprehensively beat high-flying Cornish Pirates last weekend.

He said: “They have scored a lot of tries and play some good rugby. When they get on a roll, they are a difficult team to stop. It is not going to be easy for us.”