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Jersey Reds switch for ‘streetwise’ Knights

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HARVEY BILJON has been forced to shift and shuffle while selecting his back-line for Friday night, with Leroy Van Dam now added to his list of absentees.

Jersey Reds welcome Doncaster Knights to St Peter on Friday night Picture: ROB CURRIE (26155986)

Doncaster Knights travel to Stade Santander for a 7.45pm Championship tie that will come and go without the Kiwi winger’s influence, following a break to his hand this week. As a result, Auguy Slowik moves onto the wing and Greg Dyer switches from fly-half to fullback. Brendan Cope starts at No 10 and Aaron Penberthy, who can cover fly-half and fullback, is named in a competitive matchday squad for the first time this season.

Biljon also has Namibia international Janco Venter back in the pack – ‘fresh’ from his Rugby World Cup foray – while Fijian prop Leeroy Atalifo is expected on-field next week.

‘Players are starting to come back and we’ve now got competition in the front-row, competition in the second row and lots of competition in the back row,’ Biljon explained.

‘Atalifo’s back ... we almost dropped him straight in but he’s not quite on our time zone yet. It’s great to be in a place where we’ve got tightheads available, we haven’t been there in a long time.

‘In the backs we’ve got the complete opposite – everyone who’s standing is playing. Van Dam has a broken hand, Kuki’s knee, Tom Williams’ shoulder, Liam Howley’s in a boot ... it’s a tough place to be.'

He added: ‘What we’ve got this week is two teams playing contrasting styles of rugby. One will play the set-piece and slow the game down and the other will play with a little bit more pace and push the ball. We’ve got to be aware of their streetwise tactics and we’ve put a plan in place for that.’

Full story in Thursday's JEP.

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