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04

NOV

Davey ready for Welsh challenge
Doncaster Knights set upon a three match defining period Saturday against fourth placed London Welsh at Castle Park (2:30pm Kick Off).

The Exiles have made an elusive start to the season; sitting in pole position before the last two games, but DOR Brett Davey believes the key to their chances is in their own hands.

“They’re a very well-coached side, but we’re going to focus on ourselves - it’s looking like we’ll be facing damp conditions, but we’ve done well in poor weather already this season so we’re confident.”

Doncaster go into the game on the back of a fine 29-20 victory over Esher last week, running in four tries as they showcased their attacking abilities. But the Welshman highlighted their defensive prowess as their essential strength.

“We were good defensively, our work rate was good and we kept our discipline and composure. It’ll be a frantic game at times against Welsh, so we need all these things to be in place.”

Davey has made his fewest team changes so far this season between two league matches – just two – and says he faced a tough task in picking his side with so much competition for places.

“It was a very hard selection process this week and I spent a lot of time discussing in depth positions and players with my coaching staff. Some players are missing out but they will get their chance again because our whole squad is committed to their rugby.

“We have given Michael Bateman his first place on a Championship bench – he’s been working hard in training and deserves his chance.

“Our new signing, Fred Burdon, has also been impressive; he’s bedded in very well with the team and selection is getting closer for him.”

Welsh drew against Cornish Pirates last week and will be looking to bounce back with a win, but Davey’s Knights are up for the challenge of denying them victory.

Kick-off is at 2:30pm and anyone buying a single ticket is entitled to FREE admittance for their accompanying friend – so get down to Castle Park for an explosive fixture.

Knights starting line-up:

15 David McIlwaine
14 Dougie Flockhart
13 Oli Goss
12 PJ Gidlow
11 Michael Keating
10 Tom Luke
9 Chris Hallam
1 Stuart Corsar
2 Steve Boden
3 Alex Brown
4 Matt Challinor
5 Glen Kenworthy
6 Latu Makaafi
7 Zack Farivarz
8 Chris Planchant

16 Tom Davies
17 Jack Yeandle
18 Dominic Parsons
19 Andy Boyde
20 Michael Noone
21 Lee Audis
22 Michael Bateman

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