Championship XV & Canada teams unveiled

The Knights Dougie Flockhart will be hoping to make a difference from the bench in Sunday’s showcase fixture whilst Tyler Hotson is named in the starting XV for Canada with Jon Phelan also selected in the Canucks match day squad.

Championship XV coaches Martin Haag and Kevin Maggs have confirmed their starting line-up ahead of Sunday’s fixture against Canada at Sixways Stadium, kick-off 3.15pm.

In the backline Moseley Rugby find strong centre representation in Will Owen and Greg King, flanked by Rotherham’s Michael Keating and Miles Mantella of London Scottish on the wings. Jack Tovey starts at full-back, while Lawrence Rayner is selected at fly-half. Tom Kessell completes the backs at scrum-half.

Up front, Greene King IPA Championship top try scorer Mark Bright is selected to start at number 8, with Marco Mama and Nick Fenton-Wells at flanker. Captain and Worcester lock James Percival leads proceedings from the second row, alongside Daren Barry. New Worcester recruit Ryan Bower starts at tight-head and is joined in the front row by Tom Cruse and Michael Holford.

“It’s a well balanced team” said head coach Haag. “You’ve got big, physical players in there and then quick, dynamic line runners who can keep the ball moving around the park. There is also a nice blend of experienced heads and younger guys with a thirst to play. Overall, I’m really pleased with where we are.

“We want to go out there and express ourselves. This is a unique opportunity for the guys and I’ve given them the license to go play and enjoy it. Hopefully that will make for a good spectacle for those in the crowd as well.”

Nottingham’s Dan Mugford makes an early exit from the Championship XV due to injury. He is replaced by Cornish Pirates fly-half Keiran Hallet who joins the team on Friday having been released by head coach Ian Davies.

“We’re obviously disappointed to have lost Dan, but as ever with these things, player welfare is priority” commented Haag. “We’re very grateful to Ian for making Keiran available at such short notice. He is a quality player and will be a huge asset off the bench.”

Support your club players in the Championship XV v Canada on November 2 at Sixways Stadium, kick-off 3.15pm. Live on Sky Sports HD. Tickets available online at www.warriors.co.uk

Championship XV

Jack Tovey (Bristol Rugby); Michael Keating (Rotherham Titans), Greg King (Moseley), Will Owen (Moseley), Miles Mantella (London Scottish); Lawrence Rayner (Plymouth Albion), Tom Kessell (Cornish Pirates); Ryan Bower (Worcester Warriors), Tom Cruse (Rotherham Titans), Michael Holford (Nottingham Rugby), James Percival © (Worcester Warriors), Darren Barry (Cornish Pirates), Marco Mama (Bristol Rugby), Nick Fenton-Wells (Bedford Blues), Mark Bright (London Scottish)

Replacements

16. Charlie Clare (Bedford Blues), 17. Lee Imiolek (Yorkshire Carnegie), 18. Max Maidment (London Scottish), 19. James Phillips (London Scottish), 20. Ryan Burrows (Yorkshire Carnegie), 21. Jonny Arr (Worcester), 22. Keiran Hallett (Cornish Pirates) 23. Dougie Flockhart (Doncaster Knights)

 

Rugby Canada?James Pritchard (Bedford Blues); Sean Duke (UVIC Vikes/BC Bears), Ciaran Hearn (Castaway Wanderers/Atlantic Rock), Nick Blevins (Calgary Hornets/Prairie Wolf Pack), Conor Trainor (UBCOB Ravens/BC Bears); Patrick Parfrey (Swilers RFC/Atlantic Rock), Gordon McRorie (Calgary Hornets/Prairie Wolf Pack); Hubert Buydens Captain (Unattached/Prairie Wolf Pack), Ray Barkwill (Niagara Wasps RFC/Ontario Blues), Andrew Tiedemann (Plymouth Albion/Prairie Wolf Pack), Tyler Hotson (Doncaster Knights), Brett Buekeboom (Plymouth Albion), Kyle Gilmour (St. Albert RFC/Prairie Wolf Pack), Nanyak Dala (Castaway Wanderers/Prairie Wolf Pack), John Moonlight (James Bay AA/Ontario Blues)

 

Replacements ?16. Ryan Hamilton (Capilano RFC/BC Bears), 17. Doug Wooldridge – (Lindsay RFC/Ontario Blues), 18. Jake Ilnicki (NSW Country Eagles/BC Bears), 19. Jordan Wilson-Ross (James Bay AA/Ontario Blues), 20. Seb Pearson (London St. George’s/Ontario Blues), 21. Sean White (James Bay AA/BC Bears), 22. Connor Braid (Glasgow Warriors/BC Bears), 23. Jon Phelan (Doncaster Knights/Atlantic Rock)

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Movember 2014!

Today’s date October 31st, or Movember’s Eve.

Tonight the Knights players will clear their faces of any facial fuzz to begin Movember fresh faced ready for 30 days of unshaven glory. For those of you still initiated in the modern day phenomenon that is Movember, the idea was spawned just over decade ago, over a beer, when two mates challenged each other to grow a moustache for the duration of November.?? The pair recruited the support of 30 loyal friends, together they experienced a month of inquisitive conversation as a result of their newly acquired facial hair, and the power of the moustache as a conversation starter and awareness raiser.

Today the Movember Foundation is the leading global organisation committed to changing the face of men’s health. To date the Foundation has raised £345 million for prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health charities and has funded over 800 programmes in 21 countries.

The Knights team are embracing the charity fund-raising month and, as of tomorrow, will be doing their damnedest to grow elaborate and extravagant Mo’s. Commenting in the Knights match day programme, on-field skipper and Knights Movember coordinator Michael Hills said. “We all enjoyed taking part and doing Movember last year and are looking forward to doing it again next month.

“Fingers crossed we can do it a bit bigger this year, perhaps raising a little bit more money and hopefully get a few more fans involved.

“Participation will be compulsory for the team, as it was last year, so expect to see the start of some facial growth come November 1st.

“It is a great chance to do something together as a team and have a laugh but most importantly to support a great charity.”

The Knights encourage fans to get involved and grow your Mo’s along with the team. There will be a chance for Knights fans to show off your efforts, as after our home game with London Scottish on November 22nd a select panel of Knights players will judge the best turned out Mo with the winner receiving a special Doncaster Knights prize. In the meantime Tweet or Facebook us you’re a picture of your Mo Progress.

To donate to the Knights cause please go to http://moteam.co/doncaster-knights

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Griff’s post Bedford assessment.

DoR Clive Griffiths reflects on his side’s 36-20 win over Bedford at the weekend and the toll it has taken on the bruised Knights squad. Griff also looks ahead to a big trip to Ashton Gate next Friday (Nov 7th).

 

The Knights raced in to a comfortable half time lead against the Blues at the weekend before a scrappy second half saw the visitors salvage some pride. Clive said. “To sum up the performance, the first half was inspiring, scoring five very good tries, and the second half very much the opposite.

 

“We were the architects of our own downfall in the second half, we missed four consecutive line outs in good fields positions, when we did win position back we made handling errors.

 

“It was just a complete change from the style of rugby we showed early on in the game.

 

“I don’t want to be negative about the performance because there are positives oozing out of the side. 15 points from 15 in the cup speaks for itself and we are the highest ranks team at the half way point

 

“So whilst we’re disappointed that we didn’t put in an 80 minute performance and I think Bedford are probably relieved that we didn’t, we’re delighted with the win.

 

“We’ve shown another Championship team that we’re going to be a tough nut to crack and having said that we’re going to take this competition seriously from the very start we now sit top of the pool after three games.”

 

Unfortunately Saturday’s win came at a cost as Andy Bulumakau suffered an ankle injury and joins Mat Clark on the injury reserve list, meaning Clive is short of midfield options. “We’ve suffered a couple of set backs in the last couple of games, Mat [Clark] is going to be out for a sustained period of time following surgery on his shoulder, we’re looking in the region of a 12-16 week absence.

“We have to check on Andy [Bulumakau] who picked up an ankle injury, there is no break and he has had a scan this week so we are just awaiting results. Hopefully it doesn’t reveal an injury serious enough for him to require an operation.

 

“We’ve been in touch with the guys at Welford Road but Leicester have a host of injuries themselves, particularly in the back division which has a knock on effect on the players they have available for dual-registration.

 

“I am well-versed in these tricky situations after our bad luck last season with injuries and by hook or by crook we’ll find a way to bring players in to fill the void.

 

The squad now have rest week as Dougie Flockhart and the Championship XV face Canada on Sunday at Worcester’s Sixways Stadium. Upon returning to Championship action the Knights face what will be one of their biggest tests of the season, as they take on Bristol Rugby at Ashton Gate, but Clive states it is a game the Knights are relishing. “What a place to go and team to play, Bristol have a Premiership setup, they’ve recruited a host of international talent and plenty is made of the resources that they can draw upon.

 

“It will be a case of David and Goliath but that is what we wanted 14 months ago when we started our long, arduous National One campaign and here we are, we’ll go into the game with confidence and momentum and ready to carry it too them.

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Follow Dougie & the Championship XV v Canada for just £7.50.

Next weekend Greene King IPA Championship Action takes a break as a Championship XV takes on Canada in an exhibition fixture held at Sixways Stadium. ??

The Championship XV will include the Knights very own Dougie Flockhart in a showpiece clash highlighting the talent on offer in the second tier, while providing a unique international experience for players and spectators alike.

Supporters from across the Championship are being encouraged to turn out in support of their club players as they take to the field against Canada, who begin their four-match European tour against the XV on November 2nd.

Representing Donny is Dougie Flockhart and we caught up with the goal-kicking winger before he heads to Worcester. “I’m really looking forward to heading down to Sixways tomorrow, it’s an honour to be representing the Club and the Championship against an international team.

“I’m relishing the whole experience, I’m hoping there is a decent crowd down there and that we can show off the talent present in this league, hopefully getting a good result.

“From a personal point of view there’s a bit of added interest as Clive [Griffiths] is on the coaching staff with Canada also Jon [Phelan] and Tyler [Hotson] as well as my old friend Connor Braid will be involved so it will be nice to get stuck into them.”

To mark the Championship XV coming together, supporters can now claim their ticket to Sixways for just £7.50, starting at 8am on Wednesday and ending on Thursday 30 at 5pm! Simply enter CHAMPXV upon checkout at < http://www.warriors.talent-sport.co.uk/PagesPublic/ProductBrowse/ProductHome.aspx?ProductSubType=EVNT&campaigntracking=RFU> . Maximum of four tickets per person.

Support Dougie in the Championship XV v Canada, November 2, Sixways Stadium. KO 15:15 live on Sky Sports HD.

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South Yorkshire derby live on Sky.

We are delighted to announce that the Knights Castle Park clash with Championship neighbours Rotherham Titans will be televised live on Sky Sports on the revised date of Sunday January 4th, kicking off at 12:45pm.

The fixture, which was originally scheduled for January 3rd, will now be played a day later as Castle Park welcomes the Sky Sports cameras for what promises to be a thunderous clash between two of the County’s premier rugby outfits.

 

It is not the first time the South Yorkshire derby has been televised live from Castle Park and many Knights fans will have bitter memories Gary Law’s remarkable 88th minute penalty to clinch a 14-15 Titans victory in February 2012. Fingers crossed we’ll see similar drama on January 4th, though with a more favourable outcome for the Knights.

Speaking on the announcement earlier today Director of Rugby Clive Griffiths said. “I can remember back to my first stint here at Castle Park playing Rotherham on a very cold December afternoon.

 

“I think we were only game in the County that was played on that day but despite the weather there was a massive crowd and great atmosphere and I’m looking forward to a similar occasion this January.

 

“Logistically it means a six day turn around before the game away at Bedford but the positives are numerous.

 

“When we were in National One last season we longed for the return of these days and it will be a great occasion for the fans, players and everyone involved.

 

After a play off reaching 2013/14 season the Titans are no strangers to playing in front of the Sky cameras. At present the two sides couldn’t be more evenly matched in terms of league standing with the Knights and Titans both locked on 14 league points after five rounds of Championship action.

 

Roth Head Coach Lee Blackett, who has played in this fixture as recently as 2012/13, states he is relishing a television return and a compelling derby encounter. “We had five of our last seven league games last season broadcast live on Sky Sports and it’s another great opportunity to promote the club again. There’s no bigger game in our calendar than against our South Yorkshire rivals Doncaster Knights.

 

“As far as our supporters are concerned, games against Doncaster are always very important and each side is desperate to claim the bragging rights. It will be a great occasion; Doncaster are having a good season and both sides seem quite evenly matched and it should be a fantastic game for the Sky Sports viewers.”

Tickets for what will undoubtedly be one of the biggest games of the Championship season are now on sale and you can get yours by calling 01302 831388.

#RealYorkshireDerby

 

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Knights trio go international

Knights playing trio Tomasi Palu, Jon Phelan and Tyler Hotson have all been selected and join their respective nations today ahead of the year’s autumn international series.

Scrum half Tomasi Palu, who registered his first Knights try at the weekend, joins up with Tonga today ahead of their tour of the Northern Hemisphere which will see the Pacific Islanders take on Georgia in Tbilisi before heading back to the UK and home of Gloucester Rugby, Kingsholm, to face the USA. Tonga will then end their three match tour with a historic fixture versus Scotland at Rugby Park, Kilmarnock, the game will be the first Scottish international fixture played in Kilmarnock as well as the the first international fixture involving a Tier One country to be played on an entirely artificial pitch.

Second row duo Tyler Hotson and Jon Phelan will also be hoping to carry their fine Knights form into the international arena as the Canucks take on a Championship XV including fellow Knight Dougie Flockhart at Sixways next weekend (tickets available here > http://bit.ly/1wC8tZ2). The show piece clash is followed by three stern looking international clashes versus; Namibia, Samoa and finally, Romania on November 22nd.

We wish all three of the Knights international representative the best of luck and fingers crossed they return with a few wins under their belts!

#COYK

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Knights beat Blues to stay top of Pool 4.

Knights 36 Bedford Blues 20

The Knights entered their third British & Irish Cup fixture of the season with a perfect record to face a Bedford Blues side hoping to bounce back from a disappointing late defeat last weekend at the hands of Cross Keys.

Both teams had made a several changes to the XV’s that started Saturday previous with the Knights welcoming Sam Wilson and Riccardo Brugnara in to the match day twenty-two for the first time this season.

A frantic first half effort all but secured victory for the Knights but credit must go to the Blues who stuck to their task and were far more competitive in the second forty.

The visitors made a quick start and quickly had the hosts under pressure following the kick off, a knock on in their own 22m by the Knights gifted possession to the Blues and Jake Sharp put a well-weighted cross field kick up in the direction of winger Darrell Dyer who collected and only good defensive work by Paul Jarvis preventing an early score.

Jarvis was significantly involved shortly after but this time in attack. After good work by the Knights pack the Blues were pinged for entering a ruck from the side, Jamie Lennard went to touch and Doncaster had good field position from which to attack. With close coverage Jarvis found himself in possession and did exceptionally well to shrug his way out of a couple of tackles touching down for his fourth try in two games. Lennard slotted the extras and the Knights were up and running.

It wasn’t long before the Knights were over again, having fought their way in to the Bedford half, with notable carries from Phil Eggleshaw, Colin Quigley and Matt Challinor they were awarded penalty advantage. A stop start phase of play eventually saw the ball spun wide, Andy Bulumakau carried forward before releasing loanee Sam Wilson who put his foot down and raced over. No extras from Lennard this time as the Knight took at 12-0 lead.

The early drama continued, Bedford got their first points on the board as the Knights knocked on deep in their own 22m and then recovered the ball from an offside position. Fly Half Jake Sharp comfortably opened his side’s account then shortly after injuries meant both side’s needed to readjust. Firstly tight head James Currie was forced from the field and replaced by Phil Boulton. Then the Knights lost Andy Bulumakau, Paul Roberts came on in his place seeing Lennard drop to full back, Jarvis move in to the centres and Roberts stepping in at ten.

The alteration did little to stem the flow of Knights attacks and they soon added to their total when Tom Davies spotted a gap at the breakdown. The prop forward charged before finding Latu Makaafi in support, Makaafi continued the break and handed on to Tomasi Palu who touched down under the sticks. Lennard made it a seven point score with successful conversion and things were looking a little one sided with just over 25 minutes played.

A swift response ensured that Bedford remained in touching distance when full back Jim Wigglesworth entered the line at pace and was able to glide in untouched. Sharp converted ,19-10 with ten minutes to play in the first half.

Unfortunately for the visitors the Knights really went up a gear as the interval approached and registered a further two scores which, ultimately but the contest beyond doubt. Firstly a solid rolling maul saw skipper Michael Hills crash over to secure a four-try bonus point before a nice set move, again at the line out, freed up space for the backline and Bevon Armitage barreled over his opposite man to reach out and touchdown.

Half time score Knights 31 Bedford 10.

Twenty-one points in arrears many would forgive the Blues for throwing the towel in but, to their testament, they stuck to their guns and in what was a pretty scrappy, disjointed second half match the Knights in all departments.

Both sides made a number of replacements in the early exchanges of the second period and whilst the Knights dominated possession and territory, time and time again errors or indecision killed any attacking promise. On 53 minutes, after a spell in the Donny 22m the Blues were awarded a penalty. Sharp elected to go to the corner and this time the visitors capitalized on a solid driving maul and skipper Paul Tupai touched down. Sharp saw his conversion bounce back off the posts, 31-15.

There was very little to report on for the duration of the second half, the Knights had a comfortable lead but were not executing attacks with the precision that the Castle Park faithful has become accustom this season. Bedford created more than their fair share of opportunities but seemed to be suffering from the same lack of sharpness. One opportunity did fall for the Blues when Pat Tapley was released from his wing with a clear run to the line but play was recalled for a forward pass.

A yellow card for prop forward Camilo Parilli-Ocampo for a high tackle on substitute scrum-half George Tresidder was shortly followed by a sixth Knights try. Having lost possession at a line out deep in Bedford territory the Knights were able to recover the ball in field and quickly spin it wide. Making his first Castle Park appearance of the season Riccardo Brugnara collected and the prop forward showed a turn of pace to get over the line for a try.

Consolation came late of for Bedford and they finished on a high. Pressure in the Knights final third resulted in Tyson Lewis being sin binned for a deliberate knock on. They elected to scrum the penalty from the following Tapley would not be denied as he took advantage of the extra man to cross the whitewash.

Full time followed shortly after and whilst it may not have been the most clinical Knights display of the season the team comfortably overcame a Championship opponent and will return to the league on the back of three victories, sitting pretty at the top of Pool 4.

Knights XV

15) Paul Jarvis, 14) Sam Wilson, 13) Andy Bulumakau (Paul Roberts 22’), 12) Bevon Armitage, 11)Tyson Lewis, 10) Jamie Lennard, 9) Tomasi Palu (George Tresidder 57’), 1) Tom Davies (Riccardo Brugnara 62’), 2) Jack Bergmanas (Ben Hunter 53’), 3) Colin Quigley (Riccardo Brugnara 71’), 4) Matt Challinor, 5) Jon Phelan (Tyler Hotson 53’), 6) Latu Makaafi (Will Foden 67’), 7) Michael Hills ©, 8) Phil Eggleshaw

Replacements; 16) Richard List, 17) Ben Hunter,18) Ricardo Brugara, 19) Tyler Hotson, 20) Will Foden, 21) George Tressider 22) Paul Roberts

Tries; Jarvis 6’, Wilson 15’, Palu 26’, Hills 33’, Armitage 38’, Brugnara 71’

Conv; Lennard 6’, 26’ 38’

Pens;

Bedford Blues XV

15) Jim Wigglesworth, 14) Pat Tapley, 13) Michael Le Bourgeois, 12) Ollie Dodge, 11) Darrell Dyer (Steffan Jones 67’), 10) Jake Sharp, 9) Darryl Veenendaal (Nick Fenton-Wells 51’), 1) Camilo Parilli-Ocampo, 2) Jared Saunders (TJ Harris 61’), 3) James Currie (Phil Boulton 16’), 4) Mike Howard (Harry Wells 61’), 5) Eoin Sheriff, 6) Paul Tupai (c), 7) Justin Blanchet, 8) Joe Vandermolen

Replacements: 16) TJ Harris, 17) Phil Boulton, 18) Harry Wells, 19) Nick Fenton-Wells, 20) Peter White, 21) Steffan Jones, 22) Viliami Hakalo.

 

Tries; Wigglesworth 29’, Tupai 52’, Tapley 77’

Conv; Sharp 29’

Pens; Sharp 17’

Attendance: 1182

Referee: John Meredith

 

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British & Irish Cup round 3 preview.

The Knights are the only team to boast a perfect 10 points from 10 record after the opening two weekends of action in the B&I Cup. Paul Jarvis raced home for a hat-trick of tries on Saturday as the Knights’ flying start to the season continued with a thrilling 29-25 win at home to Cornish Pirates, watched by a crowd of 1,374.

All bar one of the six B&I Cup ties hosted by a Championship club in Round 2 attracted four-figure gates, Worcester Warriors earning top honours with an impressive attendance of 6,916 – the second highest gate in the competition’s history – for the visit of Munster A. And a big crowd is expected at Sardis Road in Round 3 as the top two in Pool 1, Pontypridd and Bristol, go head-to-head.POOL 1Pontypridd v Bristol Rugby, Saturday October 25, KO 14:30Fixtures between Pontypridd and Bristol go back two centuries, to Christmas Day 1899. There have been 23 matches all told, with Bristol winning 16 to Pontypridd’s seven. The last meeting came at Sardis Road in the 2010/11 B&I Cup semi-final when Bristol progressed to the final after a 36-25 win. Pontypridd go into Saturday’s match level on nine points with Bristol at the top of the pool but with a superior points difference.Connacht Eagles v London Scottish, Saturday October 25, KO 15:00The loser of this match will have a mountain to climb in terms of qualifying for the knockout stages. Neither has won a game so far, with Scottish picking up their second losing bonus point of the campaign against Bristol to sit one point ahead of bottom placed Connacht who were well beaten at home to Pontypridd in Round 2.POOL 2Yorkshire Carnegie v Aberavon, Saturday October 25, KO 14:30Carnegie take on Aberavon at Brantingham Park, home of Hull Ionians, for the second consecutive season in the B&I Cup. In last year’s ‘on the road’ game, Josh Griffin grabbed a hat-trick of tries in a 72-0 win for Carnegie, which came after they had beaten the Wizards 41-22 in the away leg. Carnegie returned to winning ways in Round 2, after a three-game losing run, with an impressive 22-17 win away to Ulster Ravens. Both sides are on four points going into this weekend’s fixture.Ulster Ravens v Rotherham Titans, Friday October 24, KO 19:00Ulsterman James McKinney returns to his former club as Rotherham go in search of their first win on Irish soil in the B&I Cup. McKinney was in the Ulster side that came from 12-3 down to win 31-24 at Clifton Lane in December 2011, in the one and only B&I Cup tie between these sides. Rotherham top the pool after a 37-13 victory over Aberavon made it two wins from two.POOL 3Nottingham Rugby v Munster A, Friday October 24, KO 20:00Nottingham will be hoping it is a case of third time lucky when Munster come to town after two previous one-point defeats to the Irish province at Meadow Lane. Last season Munster snatched a 17-16 victory from the jaws of defeat after Ronan O’Mahony crossed the whitewash two minutes from time. The sides have played each other four times in the B&I Cup, with 2012 winners Munster victorious on each occasion. Nottingham prop up the pool with one point from two matches, while Munster A are second with five points to their name.Moseley v Worcester Warriors, Saturday October 25, KO 15:00Worcester beat Moseley 23-7 in the second round of the Greene King IPA Championship to extend their long unbeaten run against their near-neighbours. Moseley’s last success against the Warriors was a 22-15 home win on December 9, 2000. The Warriors make the short trip to Billesley Common as pool leaders with two wins from two, after a near 7,000-strong crowd saw them edge out Munster A, 27-23 in Round 2. Moseley picked up their first win of the season at the seventh attempt when they beat Nottingham 22-14 in Round 2.POOL 4Doncaster Knights v Bedford Blues, Saturday October 25, KO 14:30Pool leaders Doncaster welcome Bedford to Castle Park for the first time since they won promotion back to the Championship. Memories of their 22-21 defeat to the Blues, in November 2012, are no doubt still fresh in the minds of the locals as the visitors snatched the narrowest of victories that day when Josh Bassett scored after 11 minutes of agonising stoppage time. On Saturday, it was the Knights who broke opposition hearts after producing a match-winning score with the last play of the game against Cornish Pirates. And it was a similar story in the other fixture as a last-gasp try by captain Leon Andrews handed Cross Keys a 23-22 victory against Bedford at Goldington Road.Cornish Pirates v Cross Keys, Sunday October 26, KO 15:00Cross Keys avenged a 30-3 defeat to the Pirates at the Mennaye Field with a famous victory on home soil in the semi-final of the 2011/12 B&I Cup – the Welsh side’s first year in the competition. Kristian Baller was the Keys hero that day with a brace of tries. The Pirates only defeat in five home matches against Welsh opposition came in the quarter-final of last year’s B&I Cup when they lost 16-14 to Pontypridd. Both sides are tied on six points after the first two rounds.POOL 5Plymouth Albion v Jersey, Saturday October 25, KO 15:00Jersey head to Brickfields looking for a hat-trick of wins at Plymouth’s home ground after two previous successes in the Championship. In each of their last two visits they have scored three tries, winning 30-23 last season and 19-15 in 2012/13. Albion are bottom of the pool after returning home from Parc y Scarlets pointless after a 29-16 loss to Carmarthen Quins, while in Friday night’s solitary fixture Jersey went down 26-6 away to reigning champions Leinster A.Carmarthen Quins v Leinster A, Saturday October 25, KO 14:30A third straight win for Leinster A on Saturday would see them open up a sizeable lead at the top of Pool 5. Two hard-fought victories against Plymouth and Jersey puts the reigning champions on eight points after two rounds. Jersey are second on five, Quins have four and Plymouth two. Quins have not lost at home this season.

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Knights squad to face the Blues announced.

The Knights side hoping to make it a perfect three from three in Cup competition has been named and includes several changes from last weekend’s XV.

Sam Wilson makes his first competitive start for the Knights, on loan from National Two North outfit Hull Ionians. Wilson appeared in the Knights pre-season campaign, scoring a try in the Castle Park clash with Swansea RFC. Elsewhere in the back line Tomasi Palu, and Jamie Lennard start in place of Bruno Bravo and Paul Roberts with the rest of the backline unchanged.

Upfront it is all change with three new faces in the front row, Tom Davies returns at loose head, Jack Bergmanas makes his second start of the Cup and Colin Quigley makes his first start for the Knights since the Championship encounter with Cornish Pirates. Jon Phelan remains in the number five jersey with Matt Challinor replacing Tyler Hotson who starts on the bench. There is good news in the back row as Phil Eggleshaw has recovered sufficiently from the knock he received in last weekend’s victory to start at number eight is accompanied by Michael Hills and Latu Makaafi.

On the bench Riccardo Brugnara returns to Castle Park having made several appearances with Leicester Tigers in the early stages of their season he, along with Richard List and Ben Hunter, provide the front row cover. Will Foden will be hoping to make an impact from the bench as will young Tigers scrum-half George Tressider and Paul Roberts.

Knights XV

15) Paul Jarvis, 14) Sam Wilson, 13) Andy Bulumakau, 12) Bevon Armitage, 11)Tyson Lewis, 10) JamieLennard, 9) Tomasi Palu, 1) Tom Davies, 2) Jack Bergmanas, 3) Colin Quigley, 4) Matt Challinor, 5) Jon Phelan, 6) Latu Makaafi, 7) Michael Hills ©, 8) Phil Eggleshaw

Replacements; 16) Richard List, 17) Ben Hunter,18) Ricardo Brugara, 19) Tyler Hotson, 20) Will Foden, 21) George Tressider 22) Paul Roberts

Bedford Blues XV

15) Jim Wigglesworth, 14) Pat Tapley, 13) Michael Le Bourgeois, 12) Ollie Dodge, 11) Darrell Dyer, 10) Jake Sharp, 9) Darryl Veenendaal, 1) Camilo Parilli-Ocampo, 2) Jared Saunders, 3) James Currie, 4) Mike Howard, 5) Eoin Sheriff, 6) Paul Tupai (c), 7) Justin Blanchet, 8) Joe Vandermolen

Replacements: 16) TJ Harris, 17) Phil Boulton, 18) Harry Wells, 19) Nick Fenton-Wells, 20) Peter White, 21) Steffan Jones, 22) Viliami Hakalo.

Kick off tomorrow is at 14:30 #COYK

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Clive reflects on Pirates thriller.

The Knights DoR commends his sides’ commitment in Saturday’s last minute victory over the Cornish Pirates and now looks forward to taking on Bedford Blues at Castle Park.

With just a couple of minutes left on the clock the Knights found themselves trailing by two points and in danger of suffering successive defeats at the hands of Cornish Pirates, but they refused to accept defeat. A gripping final phase of play saw the Knights touch down for a match-winning try through fullback Paul Jarvis.

Speaking earlier this week Griff states he never doubted his team could turn it around and was pleased with the majority of what he saw but that there are certainly areas for improvement. “I always thought if we were able to get the ball back we could win it at the end.

“We bashed away at the line in a style reminiscent of Tynedale last year but couldn’t get over and I have to give huge praised to Jack Bergmanas for calling the play that he did and it was a great finish by Paul Jarvis.

“I thought that all four of the tries we scored were all out of the top draw.

“Will Foden is mortified by his high tackle but unfortunately when we were down to fourteen we conceded twice and they were able to establish a lead.

“We have gone from a great start with no yellow cards in the opening three games to having had four in the last four. It’s got to stop. We saw how it hurt us at times last year.”

Saturday saw a bumper crowd of 1,373, the second highest of the season to date, and Clive was keen to reiterate his gratitude to the support shown by the Knights faithful so far and for the patience dispalyed as the team adapt and implement new systems of play.

“I have to say once again a massive thanks to the supporters for coming out in force.

“To have nearly 1,400 at a British & Irish Cup game is huge but hopefully it is testimony to how the boys are trying to play, it doesn’t always go to plan straight away, the opponents we face in both the league and cup are strong and can force mistakes.

“We just need to keep banging on the door, being patient and believe that eventually we can open it.

“I really am delighted with the way we came back.

“A bit has been made about the changes the Pirates made but the boys that came in were quality players, being able to bring in the England Under 20s scrum half certainly wont weaken a side and he sniped in to put them into the lead and against another team might have won the game.

“They did give us a lifeline at the end, kicking the ball out on the full and then the penalty. Praise must go to Jamie Lennard for curving that ball from within his own half to within five metres of the corner flag.

“That gave us the field position to launch those forward drives and eventually get the ball wide to Jarv [Paul Jarvis].

“We started off really well, finished really well, in the middle it wasn’t pretty at times but we know they are a resilient bunch and our two trips to Penzance will be extremely tough.”

Attentions have now turned to this weekend and Bedford Blues before the League recommences with a trip to Ashton Gate.

“Now we’re firmly focused on Bedford who will be buoyed by the points addition following the rule breach with Pirates.

“Both myself and Mikey Rayer will face a dilemma as to what team we pick bearing in mind we have next weekend off before we go back in to the bread and butter of the league and a humdinger with Bristol.

“We don’t want lads to be going three weeks without a games so we will try and shuffle the pack of cards as best we can to get the best result from both games.”

Kick off this Saturday is 14:30. #COYK

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British & Irish Cup Pool 4 update.

Cornish Pirates have been retrospectively docked points following a breach of the rules in Cup opener with Bedford Blues.
The Pirates have been penalised as during their home game with Bedford Blues on Sunday 12th October at the Mennaye Field, one of the Cornish Pirates props suffered an unfortunate injury and could no longer compete in the game. As the Pirates had already used their allocated front row replacements, this meant that the game had to revert to uncontested scrums and the home side would have to withdraw a player and resume the game with 14 men.
However, with the score at 34-28 in Bedford’s favour, the Pirates replaced the injured prop with a back and then went on to score what turned out to be the winning try when it was converted at the end of the game.
Following a hearing by the Organising Committeee it was decided that the Pirates had breached regulation 9.4 by replacing the player whose departure caused the uncontested scrums and thereby having fifteen players on the field of play when they should have had only fourteen men.The sequence of events and the Regulations meant that Pirates should have played with fourteen men for the period of time from when the match went to uncontested scrums. It was agreed that the result of the game prior to the injury to the Cornish Pirates prop should stand and they reversed the result meaning that Bedford Blues took five points from the game whilst the Cornish Pirates were awarded a losing bonus point.
Cornish Pirates have 48 hours to appeal the decision and it is understood that they will be seeking legal advice accordingly.

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