Doncaster Knights v London Scottish: Team news and build-up to Saturday's Championship clash at Castle Park
Doncaster Knights’ centre Jack Roberts is set to start his first home game of the season for the club in Saturday’s Championship clash with London Scottish at Castle Park (2.30pm).
Roberts, who has endured several long spells on the sidelines since joining the club last season, impressed when coming off the bench and scoring a try in Saturday’s defeat at Ampthill.
There could also be a change at half-back with scrum-half Tom James set to face a late fitness test after picking up a knock in the same game.
If James is ruled out then former Academy player Sam Pocklington will make his first Championship start alongside Sam Olver.
With Howard Packman ruled out for several weeks after picking up a rib injury at Ampthill, Kyle Evans is expected to start.
Strong-running back-rower Ollie Stedman faces a lengthy lay-off after damaging ankle ligaments in the same game – an injury which will require surgery.
Director of rugby Clive Griffiths has used his contacts within the Welsh game to bring in an Argentinian forward on Ospreys’ books as cover though he won’t be considered for this weekend.
Griffiths remains disappointed by the narrow defeat at Ampthill, even though Knights picked up two bonus points, and has called for the team to take a leaf out of the Bedfordshire side’s book.
“They got thumped by Ealing the previous week but bounced back to beat us,” he said. “Can we do the same against London Scottish?
“They are a well-organised and well drilled side and they’ve got some big units up front so will be a big threat at the catch-and-drive.
“They’ve also got some good backs, particularly centre Dan Barnes and full-back Luke Hibberd. They’ve also got a couple of ex-Doncaster players in Elliott Creed and James Malcolm.”
Victory for Knights, and defeat for several teams above them who have daunting away games over the weekend, could see Knights up as high as seventh and just a couple of points adrift of a top-six spot at the start of the second half of the season.