Davey announces Doncaster Knights team for Plymouth trip

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BRETT Davey has shuffled his forwards for tonight’s ‘high priority’ trip to Championship strugglers Plymouth Albion.

Doncaster’s director of rugby was disappointed with his side’s performance in the 9-9 Boxing Day draw with Leeds Carnegie and is expecting more from his players in the West Country.

Young hooker Jack Yeandle is rewarded for his recent performances with a starting berth, while David Bradford starts at openside flanker in place of Zack Farivarz.

Andy Boyde is preferred ahead of Latu Makaafi in the back row and Glen Kenworthy replaces the injured Dominic Parsons.

New scrum half recruit Michael Heaney, who this week completed his move to Doncaster from Ulster Rugby, is named among the substitutes.

Davey said: “We’re keen to build on the result against Leeds and learn lessons from it – Plymouth will be looking to turn things around.

“This is a high priority game for us.

“We just didn’t play with any endeavour or move the ball around well enough against Leeds,” added Davey.

“The occasion seemed to get to some of the players and we took the easy option too many times.

“But we did have a brand new fly half [Fred Burdon] who was untried in the position, but did really well.

“I can’t complain too much as we showed good control in defence and we came closer to scoring.”

This evening’s game kicks off at 7.45pm at Brickfields.

Knights team to face Plymouth: David McIlwaine, Dougie Flockhart, Oli Goss, PJ Gidlow, Michael Keating, Fred Burdon, Chris Hallam, Tom Davies, Jack Yeandle, Alex Brown, Matt Challinor, Glen Kenworthy, Andy Boyde, David Bradford, Chris Planchant. Replacements: Royce Burke-Flynn, Andy Brown, Steve Boden, Latu Makaafi, Michael Noone, Michael Heaney, Ben Toft.