Doncaster Knights: Kendo expecting an even tougher Championship

Glen Kenworthy
Glen Kenworthy

Forwards’ coach Glen Kenworthy could again feature for Doncaster Knights during the new campaign which kicks off this weekend.

“I’ve been training with the boys so I’m always ready to play if I’m needed,” said the veteran second-rower.

“Last year we were fine for most of the season so I didn’t need to be called up too often.

“Hopefully that will be the case this season, though sometimes it’s quite helpful to play alongside the boys in that you see another aspect of it and what it’s like at the coal face.”

Kenworthy admits that Knights found the going even tougher on their return to the Championship than in their relegation campaign two years earlier.

“I think every year the Championship has been around it has gone up another notch and I think it will be the same this season,” he said.

“There might be a bit of an influx (of international players) going to Championship clubs after the World Cup, which will be a bit of a shop window, and that would serve to raise the standards even higher.

“Like any season, you need a good start and then try and maintain your form.

“We got off to a flying start last season but then lost nine league in a row – though fortunately we were winning games in the B & I Cup which helped keep spirits up.

“We learnt a lot of things last season and we’ve tried to rectify the things that went wrong.

“We know our home record wasn’t good enough because you have to win the majority of your home games if you hope to do well. It’s as simple as that.

“Traditionally we’ve always been hard to beat at Castle Park but for some reason we were better on the road last season. But it we can repeat our away form and build up our home form then we’d be looking good.”

The club’s ability to turn Castle Park into a fortress will be tested on the opening day of the season when they entertain relegated London Welsh.

“I would imagine that they going to be one of the teams up there so it will be tough. But to be honest, I’m not too worried about them; I’m more concerned about what we do.”

It’s the second time in as many seasons that Knights kick off with a home game.

Said Kenworthy: “You’ve got to play everyone during the season so whether you are at home or away in the first game of the season you’ve just got to go out there and try and win it.

“It’s probably better for the spectators that we are at home but when I was a player I always had a preference to play the last game at home.”