Rotherham Titans v Doncaster Knights: We owe them one - Challinor

Matt Challinor
Matt Challinor

Saturday's Championship derby against Rotherham Titans can't come quick enough for Doncaster Knights club captain Matt Challinor.

“The game at Clifton Lane is always the fixture I look forward to most every season," said the popular second-rower who grew up supporting the Titans.

Not that Challinor has had much luck against his former club since moving to Castle Park.

“They did the double over us last season, though we should have won both games,” he said.

“They also beat us twice the season we were relegated so we certainly owe them one.”

Knights will not lack confidence after making a better than expected start which sees them going into this weekend’s game sharing second place with Bristol.

“We’ve shown we can play either an expansive or more forward-orientated game and play equally well in both which bodes well for the rest of the season,” said Challinor.

He added: “Rotherham have lost a couple of key players from last season, but they have also made a decent start and Sunday’s win down at Cornish Pirates will no doubt have given them a lot of confidence going into Saturday’s game.

“It’s always tougher when you’ve got a six-day turnaround, but I’m sure they’ll have already done a lot of their homework on us prior to this week.

“We also know what to expect and it’s going to be very competitive up front and they are the sort of games that I like.

“There might not have been many changes to the pack which has started our first three games to last season but we’ve got much more strength in depth and sometimes it is probably down to the toss of a coin as to who starts.

“We know that when players come off the bench in the last half hour that they are going to raise the tempo because they are all good ball carriers.

“That spurs you on because if you have a bad game the likelihood is that you won’t be starting the following week.”