Knights open up in convincing style.

Hull RUFC 0 Knights 68.

The Knights began their pre-season campaign with a resounding victory away at Hull RUFC.

 

In a game that was split into four twenty-minute quarters, Griff’s charges looked in control throughout despite a determined display from the hosts. It took just two minutes to register the first score, Mat Clark broke from his own 22m after a lineout steal by the Knights pack. The Centre was well supported by Tyson Lewis and Paul Jarvis and put the former away to gallop home. Simon Humberstone opened his Knights account with a successful conversion.

 

The early pressure was relentless from the Knights and they were over again shortly after. Quick thinking from scrumhalf Brad Field saw the number nine break downfield before winning a penalty that was kicked to touch. A well-set driving lineout was quickly put in motion and Richard List crashed over from close range.

 

The hosts enjoyed a much-improved spell shortly after making inroads into Knights territory and whilst they were unable to threaten the Donny line, or scoreboard, prevented any further Knights scores in the opening quarter.

 

Clive and the coaching staff began to introduce players from the bench and the free flow of replacements continued throughout the course of the game. Hull had their best period of the game early in the second quarter, piling pressure on the Knights try line and had it not been for a thunderous tackle by Dougie Flockhart to kill an overlap may well have scored. The Knights rallied after this however and were over again moments later; good work from Ollie Stedman carried the team forward before Bevon Armitage carried to within a metre of the Hull line. Tyson Lewis was in support and picked up to dot down for his second of the afternoon. Donny managed one further try in the second period; Ollie Stedman finishing off some nice phase play to score.

 

The second half brought more of the same for the Knights, the introduction of Andy Bulumakau, Sam Edgerley and Will Hurrell kept the back line looking very sharp and the pack continued to hold authority upfront. Further tries came from Jarvis, Harry Betts, Hurrell as well as two from Latu Makaafi and a penalty try to complete the win. Hurrell’s individual effort on the hour probably mark probably the pick of the bunch; breaking several tackles before racing home.

 

Credit must go to Hull who fought until the final whistle and the Knights will face a step up in class next weekend at home versus Sedgley Park.

 

The Knights travelling support was once again impressive; probably outnumbering the home contingent.

 

Starting XV; 15 Paul Jarvis, 14 Dougie Flockhart, 13 Mat Clark, 12 Bevon Armitage, 11 Tyson Lewis, 10 Simon Humberstone, 9 Brad Field, 1 Richard List, 2 Ted Stagg, 3 WillGriff John, 4 Glen Kenworthy, 5 Glen Young, 6 Latu Makaafi, 7 Michael Hills ©, 8 Ollie Stedman

Replacements (all used); Joe Sproston, Jack Bergmanas, Jake Armstrong, Harry Betts, Rhys Davies, Michael Heaney, Sam Edgerley, Declan Cusack, Andy Bulumakau, Will Hurrell.

Tries; Lewis 2’, 35’, List 6’, Stedman 40’, Jarvis 50’, Betts 54’, Hurrell 60’, Makaafi 64’, 80’, Penalty 73’,

Conv; Humberstone 2’ Cusack 35’, 40’, 50’, 54’, 60’, 64’, 73’, 80’

Pens

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A familiar XV kick off Knights pre-season schedule

The Knights begin their trio of pre-season fixtures tomorrow against Hull RUFC starting with a side containing significant experience in Doncaster colours.

Bevon Armitage and Mat Clark link up together once again in midfield with Donny stalwarts Dougie Flockhart and Tyson Lewis out wide and Paul Jarvis wearing the number fifteen jersey.

In the halfbacks Brad Field continues from a run of starts towards the back end of 2014/15 inside Simon Humberstone who will make his Knights debut at stand off.

Upfront Ted Stagg will pull on a Donny jersey for the first time at hooker accompanied by props Richard List and WillGriff John. Forwards coach Glen Kenworthy is back in the boiler room once more, his experience do doubt beneficial for lock partner Glen Young making his first Knights appearance on loan from Newcastle Falcons. Latu Makaafi and skipper Michael Hills will start the game on the flanks and Ollie Stedman will make his first appearance as a fully-fledged Knight following his signing this summer.

The replacements include no fewer than seven players hoping to shine on debut with Jake Armstrong and Joe Sproston joining Jack Bergmanas as front row cover. Michael Heaney will look to make his first appearance for the Club in over three years; potentially alongside Irishman Declan Cusack at fly half. Sam Edgerley may well be utilized across the back line, as will Andy Bulumakau and Will Hurrel.

There are two arrivals also listed on the bench with Harry Betts and Rhys Davies linking up with the squad from Loughborough Students. Having enjoyed a successful training day at Castle Park earlier in the week Davies (flanker) and Betts (2nd row/blind side flanker) will be given the chance to impress tomorrow afternoon following an injury to Northampton Saints loanee Jordan Onojaife shortly after his arrival at Castle Park yesterday.

Starting XV; 15 Paul Jarvis, 14 Dougie Flockhart, 13 Mat Clark, 12 Bevon Armitage, 11 Tyson Lewis, 10 Simon Humberstone, 9 Brad Field, 1 Richard List, 2 Ted Stagg, 3 WillGriff John, 4 Glen Kenworthy, 5 Glen Young, 6 Latu Makaafi, 7 Michael Hills ©, 8 Ollie Stedman

Replacements; Joe Sproston, Jack Bergmanas, Jake Armstrong, Harry Betts, Rhys Davies, Michael Heaney, Sam Edgerley, Declan Cusack, Andy Bulumakau, Will Hurrell.

 

Kick off tomorrow from the Ferens Ground is at 14:00 and, as ever, updates will be provided on Twitter. #COYK

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Griff report: week nine.

Week nine could be the Knights most telling of pre-season so far. Beginning as usual with training yesterday, today the squad has been putting their skills to the test against National One outfit Loughborough Students ahead of Saturday’s pre-season clash with Hull RUFC.

 

Speaking after yesterday’s training Clive stated that this week presents the ideal opportunity for his players to put themselves forward as a starter ahead of the Championship opener on September 5th.

 

“We‘ve three warm up games as well as the hit up against Loughborough so there is plenty of opportunity for boys to put their hands up.

 

“We are carrying a couple of injuries, some from the end of last season in Alex Shaw and Colin Quigley and a couple of new ones, Ben Hunter and Jim Wigglesworth. They will not feature against Hull but hopefully later in pre-season, meaning that there are more openings for other lads.

 

The Knights locked horns with Loughborough twice in 2013/14 and the Students return to Castle Park today for a day of competitive training against Griff’s charges and the Knights DoR believes it should be a very beneficial exercise for both teams.

 

“Today will be a case of competing against live opposition; a defence that don’t know what you’re going to do in attack and vice versa.

 

“In the morning we’ll work in units. The back lines will go like for like and the forwards will do a lot of live set piece work; scrums, line out attack and defence.

 

“In the afternoon we’ll pull it all together into game scenarios, it will be a little bit stop start but will give us a good idea of how we look ahead of Saturday.”

 

Saturday is the first of the Knights pre-season trio of fixtures but the team will be leaving much earlier in the week as they head East for a pre-season camp around the clash.

 

“I’ve spoken to Gary Pearce [Hull RUFC Director of Rugby] who tells me that they have recruited really well and they’re aiming to bounce back up to National Two and the first attempt, like we did from National One.”

 

“I’m sure there will be plenty of team building occurring on Saturday night but we’ll get through plenty of work as well.

 

“We’ve got a full training program. On Thursday we’ll train here in the morning then go over to Hull to stay in Cave Castle who have been very good to accommodate us and give us use of their leisure facilities and golf course.

 

“We’ll head out for a team meal on Thursday evening do Captain’s run on Friday before some more leisure activities in the afternoon and playing on Saturday.”

 

Don’t forget that tonight is our Meet the Players Evening [19:00 start], the perfect opportunity to put your questions to the Knights hierarchy and get acquainted with Castle Park’s new arrivals.

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Heaney hopeful for flying start.

Whilst a new signing for the 2015/16 season scrum half Michael Heaney was no stranger to Castle Park when he arrived in June, having previously enjoyed a stint as a Knight during the 2011/12 season before moving back to Pro 12 province Ulster.

With just one week to go until the Knights first pre-season clash we spoke to Michael to find out how he’s finding his return so far.

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ESC Global continue Knights support.

We are delighted to announce that long-term sponsors ESC Global will be continuing their support of the Knights into the 2015/16 season.

Ahead of what promises the be another exciting season at Castle Park, Doncaster based business ESC Global have committed to backing the Knights once again. The water treatment solutions company are not only one of the Club’s longest-serving sponsors but also match-day regulars at Castle Park and Commercial manager Kris Turner-West is delighted to have them onside once again. “ESC Global have shown invaluable support to the Club over the years and whilst we are always looking to attract new commercial partners to Castle Park, our long-standing loyal sponsors are crucial to our continued success.

“I am delighted to be continuing our partnership with ESC Global and look forward to welcoming them to Castle Park on September 5th for the start of another exciting season.”

ESC Global’s UK Business Manager Greg Marshbank added. “Our company has been involved with Doncaster RFC in excess of twenty years now, some of the guys that currently work for us grew up playing the game at Castle Park and as our support has grown we have become ardent fans and we all look forward to the new season.”

ESC Global provide Water treatment products, services and risk assessment to UK and Europe, specialising in the Manufacture of water treatment chemicals and working with a wide range of industries including; Power Generation, Water Authorities, Government and Local Authorities. For more information on ESC Global check out their website http://escglobal.co.uk.

 

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Joel Davies Reunion Memorial Match

On August 22nd (KO 13:00) Doncaster Phoenix 3rd XV will host a Doncaster Select XV (from those who were born in 1982/83) at Castle Park in memory of Joel Davies, a former player of that age group.

Joel was a member of the Doncaster RFC Mini/Junior Section from the age of eight and played all the way through to Colts and Doncaster 2nd XV before moving to Liverpool in 2002 to study psychology at University following a gap year as a challenge worker. Whilst at Uni Joel was diagnosed with mild to moderate depression and later that year tragically took his own life.

Following his death, a rugby match was played at Castle Park in Joel’s honour and players from his age group have decided to replicate this with the Joel Davies Reunion Memorial match. Joel’s family were approached about potentially setting up a match to be dedicated to his memory and were not only keen but Joel’s younger brother Josh, who used to watch the team, will play in Joel’s old position at inside centre.

The Davies’ are also keen that any funds raised would go to 42nd Street, a small charity based in Manchester who aim to support the emotional well-being of young people under stress to achieve their full potential. Commenting on the memorial game 42nd Street’s CEO Simone Spray said. “We are extremely grateful and moved that Joel’s family and friends have chosen to donate to 42nd Street.

“It can be hard for young people to find the right support but 42nd Street prides itself on being able to engage with vulnerable young people that may otherwise never access any help.

“We are seeing a dramatic increase in the demand for our service, with depression being one of the most common issues troubling young people.

“Without these kind donations and fundraising activities 42nd Street would struggle to meet the demand and young people could be left vulnerable and at risk.

“Every penny that is raised will go straight into our front line delivery, supporting young people to help cope and achieve happier, more fulfilled lives.”

A Just Giving page has been set up to collect donations for 42nd Street. A target of £500 has been set but it is hoped that this will be surpassed comfortably.

Donations can be made through https://www.justgiving.com/42ndStreet-JoelDavies or you can donate by text:

– Text “DRFC83 £1, £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10” to 70070

 

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The Rugby World Cup at Castle Park tomorrow!

Join us tomorrow when the Webb Ellis Cup visits Castle Park as part of the 2015 Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour.

The Rugby World Cup Trophy has been touring Scotland, Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, Wales and England since early June and will arrive at Twickenham Stadium on September 18th ahead of the tournament’s opening ceremony.

As part of the tour the trophy will be making a stop off at Castle Park and we are opening our doors for supporters for an afternoon of entertainment.

The Cup will take pride of place in the De Mulder Lloyd Stand concourse from 12:00 till 14:00 where all are invited to get a picture with it and members of the Knights squad. There will be a variety of activities including circus tricks, a magician and face painting.

Food and drink will be available and a free ticket to Doncaster Knights’ pre-season fixture against Sedgley Park on August 22nd will be given with each food item purchased. Following the Trophy’s departure all attendees are invited to observe a live professional rugby training session as the Knights continue their rigorous pre-season schedule.

There is absolutely no charge for entry, or to have a photo taken with the Cup. We hope as many people as possible take the opportunity to see the trophy that Chris Robshaw and Co. will be competing for this Autumn right here in Doncaster.

The journey throughout the UK and Ireland aims to engage fans and give them the opportunity to build unforgettable memories as part of their own Rugby World Cup 2015 story.

Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour information can be viewed at rugbyworldcup.com/trophy-tour.

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Meet the players evening.

With the pre-season fixture schedule just around the corner and excitement for the new season building we are delighted to invite fans to our Meet The Players evening at Castle Park next Tuesday (August 11th).The evening gives supporters an opportunity to get to know the class of 2015/16 before the team’s first outing versus Hull RUFC on August 15th. Starting at 7pm, season ticket holders can enjoy a free pie & peas supper with further orders available at just £2.80; the bar will also be open.

 

Following training there will be a press conference style Q&A session when a panel including; Director of Rugby Clive Griffiths, Coaches Glen Kenworthy & Paul Cooke, Club Captain Michael Hills and Club President Tony De Mulder will field questions from the floor. There will also be introductions to all the new faces.

 

For all those wishing to join us for the evening please confirm attendance by emailing reception@castle-park.co.uk or calling 01302 831388.

 

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Knights seek Media & Marketing intern.

Doncaster Knights are seeking a Media and Marketing Intern as the club looks to enhance their communications output ahead of an exciting new season.

The role will give the successful applicant the opportunity to work within a professional sporting environment for for a season-long period, on a three-day a week basis including match-days.

The position will give the chosen intern an opportunity to experience life in a fast-moving industry and would ideally suit a student looking to fill a work placement, or a recent graduate looking to break into sports media and marketing.

 

 

 

Duties will include:

– Writing articles and copy to update the official website, including match reports.

– Composing commercial and marketing literature.

– Assist in the managing of the Club’s social media accounts.

– Copy writing for the match day programme.

– Working alongside external press through the week and on match days.

– General PR and Marketing administration.

 

The suitable candidate will possess excellent writing skills, strong IT competencies, a good eye for detail and have the ability to work under pressure to meet tight deadlines. Experience in journalism and/or marketing and knowledge of rugby union in general is preferable, but not essential.

The role presents a perfect opportunity to build a portfolio of work experience in a professional sport environment.

 

To apply, send a covering letter and CV to mcasey@castle-park.co.uk.

Closing date for applications is Friday August 21st 2015.

 

Please note: This is an unpaid role suited to someone looking for an opportunity to launch a career in sports media and marketing. The position is designed to be part-time (3 days a week including match-day), but hours can be suited to the successful applicant’s circumstances.

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Paul positive after productive training week.

Tomorrow marks the beginning of week eight of pre-season and brings us to within a fortnight of the Knights first game since the close of the 2014/15 campaign.

 

Having enjoyed a hard earned rest week, the Knights were back at it last Monday. Full back Paul Jarvis, who is entering his third year with the Club, believes the time off has been a positive for the team and was encouraged by a particularly constructive week’s training. ‘The week off was lovely; it was nice to go back home and chill out for a week.

 

“As soon as we got back it was pretty full on but all the boys were straight into their stride. Everything is looking pretty slick now, the time off certainly hasn’t effected our sharpness.”

 

An impressive campaign in the fifteen jersey saw Jarvis named in the Championship Dream XV last season but the speedster refuses to take anything for granted and is ready to work for his place again in a talented Knights back line.

 

“The squad is looking really strong, there is definitely competition for places but I think that actually helps the atmosphere in training. It’s a competitive environment but we ‘re all getting on whilst pushing each other to be better.

 

With the trio of pre-season games just around the corner attentions have unsurprisingly turned to getting back on the pitch and Jarv says that the change in training has been noticeable.

 

“We’ve turned up our organization now and we’re really going to hammer out what it is we need to do to make sure we are really sharp for the pre-season games.

 

“I honestly think we could go now, we’re looking good.

 

“We’ve taken a bit of a back step from the running and weight specific work, everything is much more focused now but the intensity has gone up. I guess now we’ve conditioned the body and are looking to focus the mind.”

 

Follow Paul and team on their first outing of pre-season on August 15th as they take on Hull RUFC. The supporters’ coach is making the trip; to book your place please text John on 07977112706 or e-mail johnlowe0002@gmail.com.

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