Christian’s blessing from boss

CHRISTIAN Lewis-Pratt has been rewarded for his four try haul against local rivals Rotherham Titans with a starting place in the Knight’s clash with Cornish Pirates at Castle Park on Saturday (2pm).

Lewis-Pratt will retain the number ten shirt after his storming performance against the Titans, with the Knights looking the end the league calendar on a high in preparation for the coming promotion play offs.

Youngsters Lewis Thiede and Dom Parson are also set for starting positions, as are Oli Goss and PJ Gidlow who will form the centre partnership.

A creeping injury problem has Castle Park means director of rugby Lynn Howells only has 22 fit players to select his 22 man squad from.

The Pirates are expected to travel with a strong squad as they look to avoid landing in a promotion play off group alongside runaway Championship leaders Worcester Warriors.

The Knights are guaranteed sixth place so know they will avoid Worcester and instead be placed in a group with the teams finishing second, third and seventh.

Knights squad to face Cornish Pirates: Stevie McColl, Matt Williams, Oli Goss, PJ Gidlow. Dougie Flockhart, Christian Lewis Pratt, Nathan Jones, Lewis Thiede , Steve Boden, Michael Cusack, Matt Challinor , Dom Parsons, Zack Farivarz, Neil Cochrane, Ed Jackson, Tom Doughty , Stuart Corsar, Chris Walker , Craig Hampson, Chris Briers, Paul Devlin, Andy Gates.