Doncaster Knights: Clark confident ahead of Carnegie test

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Doncaster Knights will tackle their second Championship derby in a fortnight when they take on unbeaten leaders Yorkshire Carnegie at Headingley tomorrow night.

One Doncaster player who will need no introduction to the home fans is centre Mat Clark who lists the former Premiership side as one of his former clubs.

“I'm looking forward to the game, Headingley is a nice stadium to play at,” said Clark.

“Carnegie probably haven't always got the results they had hoped for in recent years.

“But they've got a very strong team this season and have made a lot of signings and judging by how they have started the season they have bought well.”

The club's biggest name signing is undoubtedly Kevin Sinfield, captain of Super League giants Leeds Rhinos.

The former England international will not be involved in tomorrow's game as he will be leading the Challenge Cup holders in their Super League Grand Final clash against Wigan at Old Trafford on Saturday in his last rugby league game.

“We'll have to wait and see how he adapts to union but he's obviously a quality player and the ultimate professional,” said Clark.

“His signing will hopefully give good for Yorkshire rugby.”

Even without Sinfield, whose signing is likely to boost Carnegie's gates, Clark admits Knights face a tough challenge.

“It's certainly going to be a good test for us but we'll be going there to get stuck in,” he said.

“We are a confident group and despite the fact we've picked up a few injuries we've made a good start to the season.

“The majority of the team have been together for two or three years now.

“And the new boys who have come in this season have gelled from day one and bought into the culture of the club.

“It's early days but things are looking up and at the very least we want to finish in the top half.”