Doncaster Knights: Tamanis set for first start against Blackheath

Doncaster Knights' Adam Tamanis. Picture: Andrew Roe

Doncaster Knights' Adam Tamanis. Picture: Andrew Roe

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Adam Tamanis has been handed his first start for the Knights who begin life in National One on Saturday.

The youth team product goes straight into the front row at loose-head for the clash with Blackheath at Castle Park.

Just five members of last season’s squad have made it into the starting XV, highlighting the overhaul of players Clive Griffiths has fashioned at the club this summer.

Skipper Matt Challinor will once again lead the side from the second row.

Another Knights stalwart Chris Hallam will start at scrum half with Dougie Flockhart on the wing and Adam Kettle as flanker.

Tamanis will be joined in the front row by new faces Roberto Santamaria and Ross Davies who have been particularly impressive in pre-season.

Glen Bryce makes his first competitive start at full back.

Knights to face Blackheath: Glen Bryce, Paul Jarvis, Mat Clark, Bevon Armitage, Dougie Flockhart, Paul Roberts, Chris Hallam, Adam Tamanis, Roberto Santamaria, Ross Davies, Matt Challinor, Michael Walker-Fitton, Adam Kettle, Michael Hills, Phil Eggleshaw.

Replacements; Colin Phillips, Jack Bergmanas, Glen Kenworthy, Bruno Bravo, Joe Barker.

Blackheath: Geoff Griffiths, Mike Canty, Markus Burcham, Phil Ellis, Chris O’Neill, David Marshall, Jack Walsh, Nick Winwood, Nik Grier, Des Brett, Tom Bason, Tom Stradwick, Jessie Liston, Dave Allen, James Catt.

Replacements: Bertie Haskins, Lee Covington, George Oram, James Munton, Hamish Graham.