Kelly to take charge of Leeds tie as Davey gets match action for Knights

DEFENCE coach Neil Kelly will take charge of the Knights tonight with director of rugby Brett Davey named in the squad for the visit of Leeds Carnegie in the B&I Cup.

Both Davey and forwards coach Glen Kenworthy are in the 22 for tonight’s game at Castle Park (7.30pm) so Kelly – recently returned from World Cup duty with Namibia – will assume control, assisted by rested centre Tom Luke,

Three of the dual registered Sheffield Tigers players – Jamie Broadley, Alistair Thompson and Sam Cooke – will start the match as will Kenworthy, Ben Toft and Michael Bateman.

Davey, who scored a try in the Knights’ previous B&I Cup game at Nottingham, will start among the replacements along with another Tigers’ player, Peter Swatkins.

In-form David McIlwaine is among several regular starters rested for the match but wing Oli Goss starts after his absence from the win over Plymouth Albion at the weekend.

Knights side to face Leeds Carnegie: Michael Bateman, Ben Toft, Oli Goss, Latu Makaafi, Jamie Broadley, Mike Whitehead, Lee Audis, Andy Brown, Alistair Thompson, Royce Burke-Flynn, Sam Cooke, Glen Kenworthy, Andy Boyde, David Bradford, Michael Noone,

Replacements: Stuart Corsar, Jack Yeandle, Dominic Parsons, Zack Farivarz, Chris Hallam, Pete Swatkins, Brett Davey.

Leeds: Sam Lockwood, Phil Nilsen, David Young, Dan Hemingway, Ben Morris, Harry Hannan, Alex Rieder, Steve Costello, Dan White, Tom Barrett, Pete Lucock, Toby Quarendon, James Tincknell, Marcus Webber, Jack Latus.

Replacements: Mo Mustafa, Mark Tampin, Richard Rhodes, Tim Heaton, Craig Hampson, Scott Barrow.