Key month ahead for Don­caster

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - RUGBY UNION - DAVE CRAVEN

DON­CASTER KNIGHTS head coach Glen Ken­wor­thy be­lieves the re­turn of key per­son­nel will bol­ster their hopes of avoid­ing a Cham­pi­onship rel­e­ga­tion bat­tle.

The South York­shire club en­ter the new year hav­ing lost their last five games in all com­pe­ti­tions, a wor­ry­ing run.

Satur­day’s 30-22 home de­feat to York­shire Carnegie saw their ri­vals lift off bot­tom and leave Don­caster just six points of that dreaded 12th spot.

But Ken­wor­thy in­sisted: “We’re con­fi­dent as we’ve got three winnable games for Jan­uary which we’re re­ally tar­get­ing plus we have some boys com­ing back in as well.

“Ob­vi­ously we didn’t have a full line-out there to­day – we had three line-out call­ers on the side­lines – so they’ll make a dif­fer­ence.

“Nick Civetta will be back in a cou­ple of weeks and we’ve just signed a new Ge­or­gia sec­ond-row (Lasha Lo­midze) who will help us while we’ll get a few more boys back in train­ing which will help.

“To be fair to the boys, they are stay­ing tight and work­ing hard dur­ing the week.

“It’s just the top two inches at times that are let­ting us down and, as coaches, we just have to ed­u­cate them and try make them bet­ter play­ers.

“If we do that, we’ll start to get some re­sults.”

For­mer Not­ting­ham lock Mor­gan Eames and exRother­ham sec­ond-row Tom Hicks were also miss­ing at the week­end mean­ing flanker Josh Tyrell had to switch.

Don­caster, in ninth, head to Coven­try next be­fore vis­it­ing bot­tom-placed Hartpury on Jan­uary 19 and then host­ing 10th-placed Rich­mond the fol­low­ing week.

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