Rugby Union: One change for Knights derby clash

Doncaster Knights director of rugby Clive Griffiths. Picture: Liz Mockler
Doncaster Knights director of rugby Clive Griffiths. Picture: Liz Mockler
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CLIVE Griffiths will make just one change to his Knights side for the crunch derby with Rotherham Titans today (2.30pm).

Influential prop Tom Davies is set to return from suspension in place of the benched Brian McGovern in Griffiths’ only alteration to the side that suffered a disappointing 23-9 defeat at Moseley.

The director of rugby will be hoping for another strong show from back row trio Adam Kettle, Will Hafu and Chris Planchant who have impressed during the Knights’ upturn in performances.

Code switching centre Will Sharp will again get the nod at outside centre after a decent debut performance at Moseley.

Titans chief Alex Codling - who will leave Clifton Lane at the end of the season - will make two changes from the side that impressed in defeat to Newcastle last weekend.

Prop Marshall Gadd will replace Jamie Kilbane while Alex Rieder is set to come in at number eight for the injured Toby Freeman.

Former Knights favourite Latu Makaafi will line up in the back row against his former club with Doncaster fielding former Titan Matt Challinor.

The Knights have the edge in historic terms with 11 wins to the Titans’ six.

However Rotherham have been the stronger in recent meetings and are looking for their fourth straight win over their fierce rivals.

n Knights: Braid, Keating, Sharp, Luke, Lewis, Lennard, Bedford, Davies, Buckley, Cronin, Challinor, Parsons, Kettle, Hafu, Planchant.

n Titans: Law, Doneghan, Sheridan, Nonu, Wilson, McKinney, Mulchrone, Gadd, Stagg, Denman, Thomas, Sanderson, Makaafi, Kirwan, Rieder.