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Crunch game for Scotts and Knights

09 December 2011

  • Davey names himself in the Knights' squad
  • Former Pirate Westren makes his Scottish debut

 Davey into the fold as Knights assemble

Image: RFU Archive

Davey and Amore believe Saturday’s "crunch" game at The Athletic Ground is a huge test for Scottish and Doncaster, who sit only a point apart in the RFU Championship table.

Brett Davey has been forced to name himself amongst the replacements this weekend as the Knights squad is savaged by injuries ahead of the team’s crunch match with London Scottish.

There will once again be several players in unfamiliar positions as regular fly half Tom Luke carries the persistent shoulder problem that kept him out at Moseley, leaving full back David McIlwaine to start at ten.

Consistent starters Alex Brown and PJ Gidlow remain on the side-lines along with veteran player-coach Glen Kenworthy, prop Andy Brown and long term absentees; Lee Audis, Adam Kettle and Mike Whitehead.

The bench sees the return of winger Michael Bateman, who has thrived during a prolific loan spell with Hull Ionians, named as a substitute alongside Davey, who has made one appearance for the side this season.

Scottish were beaten 37-29 at Castle Park back in October and will be looking to respond to a heavy defeat to Cornish Pirates last week, when they shipped 42 points. They sit one place below the Knights in the table and the Doncaster lads will be keen to put more distance between themselves and the bottom four.

For the home-side, new signing Ryan Westren goes straight into the starting XV for Saturday’s Round 14 fixture at the Athletic Ground.

Scottish also welcome back Ben MacDougall and Oli Grove following injury, allowing Agustin Gosio to return to the wing.

Head coach Simon Amor has outlined the importance of Saturday’s game: “It is a critical game. If we win, then we keep fighting for that top 8 spot that we feel is still eminently achievable. If we lose, then the gap between to the top eight and bottom four will grow even bigger, and become even more difficult to achieve.

"I am pleased to welcome Ryan to the squad, and also Oli Grove and Ben MacDougall back from injury: this will certainly help to improve our squad for the match."

London Scottish

Oli Grove; Agustin Gosio, Ryan Westren, Ben MacDougall, Jamie Sole; James Brown ©, Alfredo Lalanne; Alex Clarke, Adam Kwasnicki, Lewis Thiede, Steve Pape, Josh Thomas Brown, James Kellard, Ben Lonergan, Willie Lipp

Replacements: Nick Auterac, Tom Standfield, Aaron Liffchak, Karl Rudzki, Lewis Calder, Matt Heeks, Dan Mugford.

Doncaster Knights

Dougie Flockhart; Ben Toft, Oli Goss, Fred Burdon, Michael Keating; David McIlwaine, Chris Hallam; Tom Davies, Steve Boden, Royce Burke-Flynn, Matt Challinor, Dominic Parsons, Latu Makaafi, Zack Farivarz, Chris Planchant

Replacements: Stuart Corsar, Jack Yeandle, Andy Boyde, Michael Noone, David Bradford, Michael Bateman, Brett Davey.