Boss Davey warns players ahead of cup opener

Changes: Brett Davey
Changes: Brett Davey

DONCASTER Knights kick-off their British & Irish Cup campaign against Championship rivals Nottingham at Meadow Lane tonight.

Knights’ boss Brett Davey is set to make changes to the side which beat Moseley 29-21 at Castle Park on Sunday.

“We want to try and keep the momentum going from Saturday’s game,” he told The Star after yesterday’s training session.

“We’ll be giving opportunities to players who haven’t had the chance yet - so it’s an opportunity for them to impress ahead of Saturday’s home game against London Scottish - as well as some of the local lads who were with us in pre-season and who have been playing for Sheffield Tigers.

“I think that they’ll be doing something very similar to us.”

“We value the competition and players are going to get selected on their performances.

“So if a player goes into the game and thinks he’s going to have an easy night, he’s not going to get selected for the next game if he doesn’t play well.

“I’m looking for a standard of performance that tells me that they want to play against the likes of London Scottish, Leeds and Plymouth.

“It’s not just a case of using players as cannon fodder but giving them an opportunity. If they play well they’ll play in the Championship; it’s as simple as that. Places are always up for grabs.”

“We’ve highlighted the fact that the league is our priority but this competition gives some players the chance to come in and show their capability to play this level of rugby.”