Preview: Knights won’t underestimate Stags

Published: 7 July, 2017 - 6:00 am

Following from their Canadian adventure, York City Knights return to Bootham Crescent this Sunday (9th July, 3pm) looking to bounce back to winning ways against Kingstone Press League 1’s bottom placed side Hemel Stags.

A decent win against the Stags will keep both Newcastle Thunder and Doncaster at arms length in the exciting race for a top 4 finish ahead of the ‘Super 8s’ split after round 15, but Head Coach James Ford is refusing to take his opponents lightly:

“The Stags will be full of confidence after their first league win of 2017 last week [against South Wales]. They are an improving side, with some talented individuals who could cause us plenty of issues if we are not at our best.

“After returning from Toronto on Monday afternoon, we have had to switch things around in terms of our recovery and preparation for this game. It hasn’t been ideal but I expect my boys to perform to the standards they have set so far this season.”

Kieron Moran misses out after picking up a 2 game ban for a crusher tackle – the first disciplinary case at the Knights in 2 years – and on loan centre Tuoyo Egodo has returned to parent club Castleford Tigers for further treatment on a hamstring injury.

Samir Tahraoui has now undergone successful knee surgery but remains a few weeks away from making his Knights debut, and hookers Andy Ellis and Harry Carter remain on the treatment table. Chris Siddons must pass a head test to feature.

Meanwhile, the Knights are set to call on Graeme Horne on dual registration for some much needed experience in the side.

One of the most experienced members of the Hull Kingston Rovers squad, Horne is a former England and Scotland international with over 250 Betfred Super League appearances to his name.

Long term dual registration players Will Jubb, Liam Harris and the currently suspended Kieran Moran have all now qualified to play for the Knights in the ‘Super 8s’ stage of the season.