Knights and Leeds resume hostilities

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DONCASTER Knights tackle Yorkshire rivals Leeds Carnegie for the second time in 10 days tomorrow at Castle Park (7.30) in the second of their British & Irish Cup pool games.

Knights recorded their first win at Headingley when beating relegated Leeds 32-16 in the Championship thanks to a brace of late tries.

But Knights’ boss Brett Davey says that result will count for little in tomorrow’s game.

“I would imagine that both sides will show a lot of changes,” said Davey, who drafted in five players on Sheffield Tigers’ books, as the rules allow, and also played himself in the 33-29 defeat at Nottingham in the first pool game.

“We have to make changes whenever we’ve got a midweek game,” he said. “You can’t expect everybody to play three games in eight days.

“Our last two pool games are both on a Saturday so we’ll probably field stronger sides in those games.

“We’ve got Bedford away in the league on Saturday and obviously we’ll have an eye on that but as always we take it one game at a time and our next game is against Leeds and that is what we are focusing on.

“We want do try and do well in the B & I Cup and we’ll try and ride the wave for as long as we can.”

Skipper Chris Hallam said: “We want to win every game that we go into but we are conscious of the size of the squad and also of the fact that we’ve got an important league match at the weekend.

“We want to do well in the B & I Cup and it would be nice to get through to the latter stages of the competition.

“But for me personally, and it’s the same for a lot of the boys, it’s all about concentrating on what we are building here regards the league.

“We are building something good and if anything comes our way in the B & I Cup that would be a bonus.”