KNIGHTS: Mama in at full back for Pirates test

KEY ROLE: Dante Mama will retain his place at full back for tonight's trip to Leeds Carnegie. Picture: Andrew Roe
KEY ROLE: Dante Mama will retain his place at full back for tonight's trip to Leeds Carnegie. Picture: Andrew Roe

DANTE Mama will take his place at full back tonight against Cornish Pirates as the Knights look for their first win since January.

The versatile Zimbabwe international will swap places with Dougie Flockhart who switches to the wing.

Director of rugby Brett Davey has rung in the changes following the 37-26 defeat at London Scottish last weekend, the Knights’ 14th straight defeat.

David Bradford will make his first start of the season at openside flanker in place of Jethro Rawling while Chris Planchant slots in at number eight ahead of Sam Pailor after recovering from a pre-season operation.

Skipper Matt Challinor will ousts Dom Parsons from the second row with Adam Kettle given the nod at blindside flanker while Brian McGovern replaces Jerry Cronin to partner Rhys Buckley and Tom Davies in the front row.

The Pirates will also make a number of changes from their 25-3 defeat to Newcastle Falcons last Sunday but will include former Knights favourite Jack Yeandle.

Scrum half Gavin Cattle will return to skipper the side while Tom Kessell will switch to the wing in place of the injured Wes Davies.

Kieran Hallett will move from full back to his more familiar fly half role while the league’s top scorer Matt Evans returns in the number 15 jersey.

Laurie McGlone looks set for his first appearance of the season at number eight.

Knights team to face Cornish Pirates: 15 Dante Mama, 14 Dougie Flockhart, 13 Will Simpson, 12 James Tincknell, 11 Tyson Lewis, 10 Jamie Lennard, 9 Chris Hallam, 1 Tom Davies, 2 Rhys Buckley, 3 Brian McGovern, 4 Phil Hoy, 5 Matt Challinor, 6 Adam Kettle, 7 Dave Bradford, 8 Chris Planchant.

Replacements: 16 Andy Brown, 17 Ben Sowery, 18 Jerry Cronin, 19 Dom Parsons, 20 Andy Boyde, 21 Louis Silver, 22 Tom Barrett.

Pirates: M. Evans, T. Bedford, T. Riley, A. Cheesman, T. Kessell, K. Hallett, G. Cattle, L. McGlone, J. Buckle, C. Morgan, G. Johnson, D. Lyons, A. Paver, J. Yeandle, R. Storer.

Replacements: P. Andrew, R. Elloway, P. Joyce, P. Burgess, D. Ewers, A. Penberthy, J. Fatialofa.