DONCASTER Knights’ head coach Glen Kenworthy is hoping that history will repeat itself in tomorrow night’s testing Championship clash against high-flying Bedford Blues at Castle Park.
“We’ve got a good track record against Bedford in recent years,” the New Zealander told The Star this week.
“We are obviously disappointed with how things went against Rotherham on Saturday when we lost 38-20 at Clifton Lane.
“There are quite a few former Rotherham players in our side and some boys took it personally.
“As for myself (also having played for the club) I don’t like losing to them either.
“But looking back at the game we did pretty well up front and we did okay in defence.
“It was just that on the day we weren’t smart enough.
“And, to be fair to Rotherham, they played well on the day.
“I don’t know if they were inspired by the loss of their coach in midweek, but I’ve been in those positions as a player and it can galvanise a team. It’s not an excuse, but maybe we hit them on the wrong weekend.”
Despite the defeat, which condemned Knights to bottom spot in the Championship table, Kenworthy said that there positives that they could take from the game.
“The progression we had shown in the games against Nottingham (B & I Cup) and Moseley was continued and believe it or not, we did some good things,” he said.
“It also highlighted some things that we are weak on as well, which we have worked on. We are hoping that the defeat was a blip and we are still very positive.
“You have to put what happened on Saturday aside because when we came in on Monday it’s the start of a new week.”
Bedford, who were second, have dropped a place to third after suffering back-to-back defeats, including a 29-20 home defeat against unbeaten leaders Newcastle last weekend in front of a bumper 4,000 crowd.
The previous week they suffered their first away defeat of the season having lost 29-13 against Bristol, not the force they were in 2011-12, at the Memorial Ground.
“We’ve identified some weaknesses in how they play, which we feel we can exploit, and we’ll do our best to put on a good performance, if not win the game,” said Kenworthy.
“They like playing rugby and we enjoy playing teams like that. Most teams tend to play it quite tight but they tend to try and play a more expansive game and they’ve got a good back line.
“But, as always, the game is won up front and we’ve got to take them on in the forwards where Ben Gulliver is doing well for them.
“The trouble with Bedford (from a coach’s point of view) is that because they have a good relationship with (Premiership side) Saracens, their team does vary but we know they’ve got a few ex-Nottingham players.
“We are really looking forward to it and hopefully it will be a good game.”
The Blues will check in at Castle Park having scored 50 points or more in three Championship games this season. They drew 33-33 at Rotherham on their previous visit to South Yorkshire this season.