DIRECTOR of rugby Brett Davey has labelled the Knights’ trip to Rotherham Titans as ‘the biggest game of the season’ and says his side are desperate to get one over their local rivals.
The Titans sit just one position above the Knights in fifth place in the Championship.
But Davey said there will be a ‘one-off’ feel to Saturday’s clash at Clifton Lane.
He said: “This is our biggest game of the season because of what it means.
“It’s a different kind of game to everything else, it’s almost like a cup final.
“The form book goes out of the window and it all comes down to that day.
“It is a game the supporters are desperate to win and so are we.
“Rotherham have done remarkably well this season and it’ll be a tough test.
“There will be no surprises with Rotherham because we know what they’re all about.
“They’ve got a huge pack of forwards, big ball carriers and they work incredibly hard so we know it’s going to be physical.
“But we like to play a physical game too, so we know it’s going to be a tough game.
Davey offered the chance for players to seize a starting place at Rotherham if they put in a good performance in last Friday’s British and Irish Cup tie at Pro12 League side Ulster.
And while the Knights slipped to a 39-7 defeat, Davey was pleased with the performance of several of his players.
He said: “I thought Andy Boyde and Andy Brown had very good games and Jack Yeandle did well too in difficult circumstances.
“We played against probably their perfect side because there was 11 lads out there with Magners League experience for them while we’ve taken the decision to prioritise the league.
“But I was pleased with what the lads did because we were looking down the barrel of a real heavy defeat at one point and we worked hard.”