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Benton set for Tykes return

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Benton – who won one international cap in 1998 – has played less than ten minutes of rugby this season after fracturing his ankle but is now back to full fitness.

Meanwhile, there are two further additions to the squad in back row Dan Hyde and winger Craig Emmerson, who both missed last week's defeat against Saracens.

Davies is certainly expecting a tough game against the West Country outfit, a match which has an added frisson given the presence of two Bath men of old in the Tykes' dressing room in assistant coach Jon Callard and hooker Mark Regan.

"Friday will of course be a special occasion for both Jon Callard and Mark Regan," said Davies.

"Jon has been an enormous help to me this season and I can not praise the work he has done here enough. Likewise, Mark has been one of our most consistent performers so far this season and I know he will be up for a big game on Friday night.

"We have had a tough run recently but returning to Headingley will be a boost.

"We have not played a home game in the league since 1st December so it will be good to get back.

"I have been really pleased with the way the players have acquitted themselves in recent weeks especially at Harlequins and Saracens and with an element of luck in our favour we could have had two wins. But that was not to be and we must make sure that we are focused on the job in hand."

Leeds Tykes (squad):Backs: Dan Scarbrough, Winston Stanley, Tristan Davies, Braam van Straaten, Diego Albanese, Gordon Ross, Derek Hegarty, Scott Benton, Alan Dickens, Craig Emmerson, Chris Hall. Forwards: Mike Shelley (captain), Mark Regan, Matt Holt, Stewart Campbell, Tom Palmer, Cameron Mather, James Ponton, Isaac Feaunati, Doug Wheatley, Rob Rawlinson, Chris Murphy, Alix Popham, Dan Hyde.

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