Young Knights have done the club proud, says Lynn Howells

Oli Goss dives over to score in Knights' derby win at Rotherham Titans.
Oli Goss dives over to score in Knights' derby win at Rotherham Titans.

LYNN Howells has heaped praise on his younger players in the build-up to Saturday’s do-or-die play-off battle with Cornish Pirates.

LYNN Howells has heaped praise on his younger players in the build-up to Saturday’s do-or-die play-off battle with Cornish Pirates.

Knights’ young guns have helped move Doncaster to the brink of the Championship semi-final stage with wins over Bedford and Rotherham in recent weeks.

And Howells, whose men brushed aside their South Yorkshire rivals with a 40-22 win at Clifton Lane on Saturday, will take great satisfaction from their progress - even if the Knights fail to get past the Pirates this weekend.

Howells said: “We had four under twenties in the front five at Rotherham and that, for me, epitomises what this season has been about.

“We started off the campaign with a very young team - we wanted to give our younger players a chance.

“And as the season has gone on, they’ve got better and better.

“The whole team is really expressing themselves at the moment and we’re on a good run.

“It’s a strange time in the season because there’s a lot of uncertainty about contracts and players are wondering where they’ll be next season.

“But there’s a genuine togetherness among the boys and they’ve saved some of their best performances for the play-offs.”

*For the full story see this week’s Free Press.