Veteran Knights star Glen set for ‘brutal’ derby battle

Facing his former club: Glen Kenworthy  says Titans have put together a big, physical side and are difficult to beat at home.             picture: BRUCE ROLLINSON
Facing his former club: Glen Kenworthy says Titans have put together a big, physical side and are difficult to beat at home. picture: BRUCE ROLLINSON

NO-ONE in the Doncaster Knights’ camp knows more about South Yorkshire derbies against Rotherham Titans than veteran New Zealand second-rower Glen Kenworthy.

More than anyone on either side, the 37 year-old knows what to expect in the first meeting of the two arch-rivals this season at Titans’ Clifton Lane ground tomorrow (2pm).

Having played for Rotherham in their glory days in the Premiership, Kenworthy, who now doubles as Doncaster’s forwards’ coach, knows what a tough place to win Clifton Lane can be.

“They are always hard to beat at home and tomorrow’s going to be no exception,” he said. “They know how to use the narrow pitch and the fans get right behind them.

“I don’t particularly look forward to the game more than any other because the people who were there when I was there aren’t there any more.”

Titans, who have been as high as second this season, go into the game lying in fifth place - one above Knights.

“They’ve done well,” said Kenworthy. “They’ve put together a pretty big physical side.”

“I knew that they’d be a top eight side.

“It is going to be brutal game and if we are not up for it we’ll come off second best. If we don’t roll our sleeves up front it could be a long day.”

Tomorrow’s game marks the midway point in the season and Kenworthy says the promotion race is wide open.

“There is only seven points covering the top six so anyone can win it,” he said. “It doesn’t really matter where you finish in the top eight - though you do get rewarded for finishing in the top three - it’s what you do in the play-offs which counts.

“At the end of the day if you win your play-off games you’ll get through to the semi-finals.”