MATCH PREVIEW | Knights vs Sheffield Eagles
The Knights will be looking for our first win of the Betfred Championship season on Sunday against a side they have already defeated this year in the Betfred Challenge Cup.
Sheffield Eagles were our opponents in our first competitive match of the year and, when we travelled to Doncaster’s Keepmoat Stadium to face them last month, a strong Knights performance sealed a 30-6 victory and passage into Round Two of the famous competition.
That evening saw Perry Whiteley star with a brace while fellow back Ben Jones-Bishop scored a memorable try – and the winger will be keen to continue his try-scoring form which has seen him cross for a four pointer in each match he has played for the club.
Like Jones-Bishop, half-back Brendan O’Hagan sat out last weekend’s Challenge Cup defeat to Wigan Warriors and could return to the line up. After the arrival of Joe Keyes on loan from Hull Kingston Rovers, however, there is now competition in the halves – Matty Marsh has played for the team in that position already this season while Keyes’ fellow loanee Riley Dean is an option there for Head Coach James Ford.
A further two loanees joined the Knights this week in the shape of Castleford Tigers Lewis Peachey and Wakefield Trinity’s Yusuf Aydin, both of whom have outlined their desire to get more first-team minutes under their belts during their stay with the club.
Head Coach Ford outlined his belief that opponents Sheffield Eagles mustn’t be underestimated ahead of Sunday – a belief backed up by the Eagles 50-12 demolition of Bradford Bulls in their first match of the Betfred Championship season. That game saw half-back Anthony Thackeray, a former Knights loanee during the 2011 season, control a lot of Sheffield’s good work and their Director of Rugby Mark Aston will be keen for the experienced half to assert his dominance on Sunday.
On each flank, the Eagles boast considerable pace and power in the form of wingers Ryan Millar and Rob Worrincy while boasting danger in the centres in the shape of James Glover – a man who scored one of Sheffield’s tries against the Knights at Bootham Crescent in 2019.
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