Second half surge secures maximum points

Three second half scores for the Knights was enough for them to turnaround a half time deficit and secure all five points against a dogged Moseley outfit.

On the game that marked a quarter century of Tony DeMulder’s DRFC Club Presidency it was safe to say that Castle Park was in a celebratory mood long before any rugby took place. However, in a fine second forty, the Knights rose to the occasion and eventually ran out comfortable winners against a notoriously tough Moseley outfit to ensure the celebration continued long into the night.

On a cold, wet November afternoon the hosts started brightly and could well have registered a very early score through Ollie Stedman. The number eight made a powerful charge down the blindside and seemed to have options outside, he elected to go himself and ended up being stopped just short. The breakthrough would come shortly after however and this time Stedman would not be denied. Having conceded a penalty, converted by Glyn Hughes, the Knights took advantage following a penalty of their own. Dec Cusack put a well weighted kick to the corner and the Donny pack established a well-formed driving lineout that had the Moseley pack back peddling and the number eight picked his moment to crash over, Dougie Flockhart added the extras, 7-0.

The Knights continued to be the better of the two sides as the half progressed but in slippery conditions errors curtailed a number of home attacks and Moseley kept themselves in the hunt and despite having being second best in most departments. The strong crosswind did little to effect the Knights set piece which performed throughout well but a poor couple of minutes gave Moseley an opportunity with the clock ticking towards the interval. Firstly, Ben Hunter produced a rare wayward throw and then from the following scrum the Knights pack gave up a penalty allowing Hughes to a kick a penalty to touch deep into the Knights 22m. The visitors tried to drive over the line but were stopped short but continued to seek advantage through the forwards with a series of pick and go carries. The Knights piled bodies behind the ball but eventually a hole appeared and Chris Brightwell broke through to score. Hughes could not convert but the try was enough to give the Midlanders a 7-8 half time lead.

Despite the conditions, the game was played at a frantic pace with defense very much the order of the day; it became pretty clear that it would take something out of the ordinary to pierce the resistance for what would be a crucial first score of the second half. A moment of brilliance from Mat Clark created just that as the centre broke through two challenges to race downfield, in support was Tyson Lewis and Clark was able to find him at full pace and the winger would not be stopped. Dougie added the extras.

Moseley responded promptly and attacked from the restart. A series of powerful carries, notably from flanker Buster Lawrence, moved the visitors downfield and forced a ruck infringement out of the Knights that Hughes successfully converted. This was cancelled out moments later as Ben Hunter won his side a penalty immediately after the restart which, after a period of advantage, was put through the posts by Flockhart.

With the game finely poised at 17-11 as the final quarter arrived both sets of coaches looked to utilize their replacements; Clive made wholesale changes just after the hour mark with Championship leading try-scorer Latu Makaafi entering the field of play. Latu’s impact was almost immediate as, following a solid scrum deep in the Knights half, Michael Heaney broke away; Flockhart was on hand in support and carried the move forward. Full back Charlie Foley looked to challenge the winger and Dougie chipped ahead, a foot race ensued with Heaney and Flockhart leading the Knights charge but the bounce of the ball fell unkindly for both however Makaafi profited. The flanker collected and had enough momentum to make it over the line and dot down for his 12th try of the 2015/16 season. Flockhart continued his fine showing with the boot to convert.

At 24-11 and little over ten minutes to play the game looked won but when the Knights were awarded another penalty shortly after the restart the squad wisely resisted the urge to chase a bonus point, instead giving Flockhart another shot at goal and the Scotsman didn’t disappoint.

With a commanding 16 point advantage the Knights were able to blow caution to the wind in the closing stages as they went in pursuit of an all-important fourth score. Having gained field position and territory through some patient build up it looked as if the Knights has spurned the opportunity with the clock ticking away but a dropped ball by centre Aaron Pinches in the Moseley 22m meant Donny would have a late scrum. A solid effort from the Knights pack secured front foot ball for replacement scrum half Sam Edgerley who took off from the base. Having drawn a number of defenders to him Edgerley then handed on to Paul Jarvis and at full tilt the full back raced away in the corner. Flockhart produced a superb touchline conversion to take the score to 34-11 and with that Andrew Jackson ended the game.

A convincing final score line for the Knights perhaps masked a couple of early errors but few will fail to have been impressed with the committed 80 minute display that now sees the Castle Park side on a six game unbeaten run and second in the division just a week off the half way point.

Knights XV; 15) Paul Jarvis, 14) Dougie Flockhart, 13) Mat Clark (Andy Bulumakau 78’), 12) Will Hurrell, 11) Tyson Lewis, 10) Dec Cusack, 9) Michael Heaney (Sam Edgerley 77’), 1) Richard List (Jack Bergmanas 73’), 2) Ben Hunter (Vili Veikoso 66’), 3) Colin Quigley (WillGriff John 66’), 4) Matt Challinor, 5) Jon Phelan, 6) Alex Shaw (Latu Makaafi 66’), 7) Michael Hills (C), 8) Ollie Stedman,

Replacements; 16) Jack Bergmanas, 17) Vili Veikoso, 18) WillGriff John, 19) Glen Young, 20) Latu Makaafi, 21) Andy Bulumakau , 22) Sam Edgerley.

Tries; Stedman 13’, Lewis 47’, Makaafi 68’, Jarvis 79’

Conv; Flockhart 13’, 47’, 68’, 79’

Pen; Flockhart 57’, 72’,

Moseley XV

15) Charlie FOLEY, 14) Rhys WILLIAMS (Scott ARMSTRONG 46’, 13) Greg KING, 12) Aaron PINCHES, 11) Drew CHESHIRE, 10) Glyn HUGHES 9) Sam BROWN (Dave BRAZIER 65’) 1) Tom FIDLER (Tom WARREN 65’), 2) Adam CAVES 3) (Scott TOLMIE 73’) Craig VOISEY (Aaron GARDINER 65), 4) Aaron FLAGG 5) Greg CHARLTON, 6) Buster LAWRENCE, 7), Ed SIGGERY 8) Chris BRIGHTWELL ©

Replacements: 16) Tom WARREN, 17) Scott TOLMIE, 18) Aaron GARDINER, 19) Will KEENAN, 20) Tim MOLENAAR, 21) Scott ARMSTRONG, 22) Dave BRAZIER.

Tries; Brightwell 40’

Conv;

Pen; Hughes 10’, 53’

Attendance: 1,493

Referee: Andrew Jackson

 

 

 

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Knights side selected for Mose test.

The Knights named a familiar looking starting XV for tomorrow’s Greene King IPA Championship fixture versus Moseley at Castle Park.

Director of Rugby Clive Griffiths makes just one change to the back line that started versus Connacht Eagles in last Saturday’s victory with Andy Bulumakau dropping to the bench in favour of Mat Clark at outside centre.

Up front Colin Quigley will start at tight head for the first time since the away triumph versus Bristol earlier in the month and partners usual suspects Ben Hunter and Richard List in the front row. Matt Challinor and Jon Phelan are awarded starting berth in a Knights competitive second row with Glen Young included on the bench. In the back row Ollie Stedman will wear the number eight jersey with Alex Shaw shifting to blindside flanker and Michael Hills is his usual role of open side.

Jack Bergmanas, Vili Veikoso and WillGriff John provide the front row cover and Latu Makaafi will be hoping to make an impact from bench. Andy Bulumakau and Sam Edgerley provide a multitude of options across the back line.

Kick off tomorrow is at 14:30.

Knights XV; 15) Paul Jarvis, 14) Dougie Flockhart, 13) Mat Clark, 12) Will Hurrell, 11) Tyson Lewis, 10) Dec Cusack, 9) Michael Heaney, 1) Richard List, 2) Ben Hunter, 3) Colin Quigley, 4) Matt Challinor, 5) Jon Phelan, 6) Alex Shaw, 7) Michael Hills (C), 8) Ollie Stedman,

Replacements; 16) Jack Bergmanas, 17) Vili Veikoso, 18) WillGriff John, 19) Glen Young , 20) Latu Makaafi, 21) Andy Bulumakau , 22) Sam Edgerley.

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Limited seats left on supporters coach.

Brilliant take up for supporters coach trip to Bedford.

There are now just ten seats remaining on the Knights supporters coach for the trip to Goldington Road next Saturday (December 5th), so act quick to secure yours!

The coach will leave Castle Park 11:30am and costs just £15 for adults, £8 for juniors. To reserve your seat please text John Lowe on 07977112706 or email johnlowe002@gmail.com.

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Derby game to be shown live on Sky.

The Knights South Yorkshire derby fixture with Rotherham Titans at Castle Park will take place in front of the SKY Sports cameras.

Already a highlight in the calendar, the Knights versus Titans showdown will now have an added significance as the game will be televised live on SKY’s flagship Sports channel, Sky Sports One. Whilst delighted that the Club is to receive national exposure for this showpiece clash it does, unfortunately, mean rescheduling the fixture to Sunday January 31st, KO 15:15. We hope all fans are still able to attend the fixture and apologise for any inconvenience caused; all tickets sold for the fixture are, of course, still valid at the revised date.

We are also delighted to announce that Stratstone Land Rover Doncaster are now confirmed as match sponsor for the fixture and look forward to welcoming them back to Castle Park.

Today the Club also announces two further scheduling adjustments in our British and Irish Cup campaign. Our away fixture with Connacht Eagles on January 16th will now kick off at 13:00, not 14:30 as previously advertised, and our Round six fixture with Jersey RFC on January 23rd will now kick off at 14:00, not 14:30 as previously advertised. The alterations have been made to allow for travel constraints and Cup regulations respectively.

 

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#DKTV: Griff gives positive Cup review.

Knights DoR Clive Griffiths believes that two solid British and Irish Cup showings versus Jersey RFC and Connacht Eagles respectively has left his Knights side in a strong position ahead of the visit of Moseley this weekend.

The Knights return to Championship action against the Midlanders this Saturday at Castle Park and whilst Griff is expecting a typically tough encounter he believes his side have done everything right in the build up. See video for full interview.

DKTV: Hurrell hopeful Knights can continue good form

Centre Will Hurrell reflects on a successful beginning to the 2015/16 British & Irish Cup campaign and looks ahead to the resumption of the league this Saturday at Castle Park.

Will has enjoyed a fine start to life as a Knight since signing from National One outfit Coventry this summer. The centre played his part in aiding the Knights to secure a maximum five points versus Connacht Eagles on Saturday and is now focused on a return to league action against Moseley this weekend.

Academy to face Moseley in Castle Park debut this Saturday.

As most will be well aware the Knights return to Championship action this Saturday versus Moseley, what you may not have known is that the game will be preceded by the DC Academy of Sport taking on Moseley Academy on pitch three, KO 12:00.

In what will be the Academy’s first 80 minute fixture and first clash versus another Academy since formation in September the young Doncaster prospects will be hoping to demonstrate their credentials in a game that is free as part of your season ticket and all are welcomed to attend.

Speaking following the squad announcement (squad list below) DRFC Rugby Development Manager and Academy head coach Ants Posa stated he is very much looking forward to the fixture. “A lot of hard work has gone in to get this game on.

‘So far the Academy has played against academic institutions rather than Club’s academies, there are a couple of DRFC Colts included in the side so it is very much a Doncaster team.

“It is a little bit of a strange situation, as normally when you are preparing for a game you know at least a little bit about the opposition but we go into this one with pretty much no idea of the strength of the Moseley side.

“All we can do is control what we can control, the boys have been working really hard and are really showing the benefits of daily rugby, their improvement percentage has been huge but we’ll see how they go with some game pressure this week.

‘I really hope Moseley are strong as I’d rather lose and learn something from the game than have a comfortable win as we have had so far.

‘We are journeying into the unknown, it is a massive leap forward and if we can show more improvement and get more fixtures against other Championship academies like the ones proposed against Bedford and Nottingham it really highlights more progression in the strengthening of the pathway that we are so keen to build”

DC Academy XV; 15 Liam Doyle, 14 Mitch Collins, 13 Luke Wood, 12 Jake Hartle, 11 Josh Clayton, 10 Joe Gomes, 9 Rowan Mason, 1 Jack Varley (c), 2 Will Holling, 3 John Mombili, 4 Dan Robinson, 5 Luke Rivers, 6 Tom Kerry, 7 Ed Miles, 8 Sam Cusworth.

Replacements; 16 Ryan Pearson, 17 Taylor Blanchard, 18 Callum MacLeod, 19 Jake Sadler, 20 Oli Gomes, 21 Brad Maltby/Jamie Maleham, 22 Karim Hamdi, 23 Sam Eyre

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DKTV: Eagles highlights online now

Check out DKTV’s latest offering, all the scores from Saturday’s British & Irish Cup second round triumph over Connacht Eagles.

A brace for Paul Jarvis as well as scores from Tyson Lewis & Glen Young was enough to secure maximum points for the Knights over the Galway men as they ran out 22-5 winners. See the highlights below.

Efficient Knights clip Eagles wings

Doncaster Knights 22 Connacht Eagles 5

Doncaster Knights kicked off their home British and Irish Cup campaign with an effective showing against a young and spirited Connacht Eagles. In chilly November conditions the Knights guaranteed all five points whilst the Irish visitors refused to roll over and finished the fixture in the ascendancy.

The Knights coaching staff made a number of changes for the encounter to see a more familiar XV run out to the side that had drawn 22-22 away at Jersey in round one and the home side started brightly. There was a willingness to play on the front foot from the Knights meaning half backs Michael Heaney and Dec Cusack could enjoy clean quick ball but they were met by a keen Eagles defence; which would remain keen for the duration. Several promising Donny attacks fell by the wayside due indiscipline and Connacht began to find their feet following an initial home attacking barrage, however it was an of the Eagles error own that created the first try of the game. On what was the visitors first significant raid of the Knights 22m the ball was spilt as it was sent wide, lightning reactions and good handling by Dougie Flockhart set Paul Jarvis in motion. The full back had more or less the length of the pitch between him and the try line but once he put his foot down there was little question he would be caught. In extremely windy conditions Flockhart did well to convert and the Knights lead by seven.

The remainder of the first half did not seem to be played with the same level of execution as shown in the opening ten minutes. The visitors created opportunity but there was little denying that the Knights were in control of proceedings, exemplified by their rock solid set piece, however the breakdown began to get very messy with both sides competing fiercely and some eye brow raising officiating. Jarvis continued to provide an attacking threat for the Knights with Will Hurrell regularly contributing with some trademark carries in centre field but with the majority of the play in the middle third and the cold setting in there wasn’t too much to warm the crowd.

A second breakthrough of the game came on 34 minutes, just as many of the De Mulder Lloyd stand were beginning to consider their half time refreshments after the Knights turned down some very kickable penalties in favour of going to the corner. The tactic paid off as, following a well-worked patient driving line out, the Galway pack eventually hauled down the Knights maul but lost flanker Rory Moloney to the sin bin for his part. Cusack put the Knights back in the corner and this time they got over the try line but were held up in goal. From the resulting scrum the Knights showed their class, a solid set piece preceded a nice backs move with Hurrell brought down just short and in the next phase the ball was quickly put through hands for Tyson Lewis to profit. Flockhart was unable to convert and the Knights went into the warmth of the changing rooms 12-0 to the good.

Doncaster began the second stanza in the same attacking vein as they finished the first and were over once again very quickly after the restart. Falcons loanee Glen Young, who has continued to impress in recent weeks, capped another solid performance with his first competitive try for the club. Following a nice attack play was switched blind just as the Knights approached the Connacht 22m, Michael Heaney found hooker Ben Hunter on a short line who broke the gain line before handing on to the support Young who raced over. The wind continued to interfere with Flockhart’s usually assured goal kicking but the Knights, preventing a major collapse, seemed to have the game won at 17-0.

The Knights made a number of substitutions early in the second period and whilst play may have been a little disjointed at times they never really seemed at risk of conceding and secured a four try bonus point shortly before the hour mark. In a similar play to the Young try, play was switched down the blindside and this time Sam Edgerley did well to create space and release Jarvis who scored his second of the afternoon. From the corner against the wind Dougie’s conversion stood little chance, 22-0.

Under flood lights and with the cold really beginning to bite the latter stages weren’t quite the veritable feast of action that Knights fans have been treated to so often this season. The home side begin to fall foul of the referees whistle more frequently and the biggest cheers of the final quarter came following two unexpected open play bursts from tight head Colin Quigley. Credit must go to the visitors whose intensity in defence did not waiver throughout and stuck to their guns admirably despite the scoreline. Indeed it was Connacht who ended the game the stronger and they touched down for a deserved score with little under five minutes to play. Full back Cian Romaine carried powerfully only to be stopped two metres shy of a score but in the following phase number eight Steve McVeigh crashed over, the kick went wide, 22-5.

The Eagles could have been in again shortly after had it not been for a piece of defensive work from Sam Edgerley which epitomised the Knights ‘never say die’ attitude. A powerful midfield break created a gap for flanker Rory Moloney to gallop through leaving a clear run in for the line. Towering well above 6ft Moloney had a clear height and weight advantage on the fleet footed Edgerley but the utility back tracked down his man to fell him inches short of the line a prevent a score.

It was far from a classic at Castle Park but it was a momentum boosting performance ahead of crucial, back to back, Championship performances starting with Moseley next Saturday. The five points also leave the Knights in pole position for progression from the Pool.

Knights XV; 15) Paul Jarvis (Brad Field 70’), 14) Dougie Flockhart, 13) Andy Bulumakau, 12) Will Hurrell, 11) Tyson Lewis (Sam Edgerley 40’) , 10) Dec Cusack, 9) Michael Heaney, 1) Rich List (Joe Sproston 70’), 2) Ben Hunter (Vili Veikoso 70’), 3) WillGriff John (Colin Quigley 51’), 4) Tyler Hotson, 5) Glen Young (Jon Phelan 58’), 6) Latu Makaafi (Ollie Stedman 45’), 7) Michael Hills ©, 8) Alex Shaw.

Replacements; 16) Vili Veikoso, 17) Joe Sproston 18) Colin Quigley, 19) Jon Phelan, 20) Ollie Stedman 21) Sam Edgerley, 22) Brad Field.

Tries; Jarvis x2, Lewis & Young.

Conv; Flockhart (1)

Connacht Eagles XV; 15 Ciarán Gaffney (Cian Romaine 58’), 14 Adam Leavy, 13 Cormac Brennan, 12 Dave McSharry, 11 Ed O’Keeffe, 10 Conor McKeon (Aidan Moynihan 70’), 9 Caolin Blade (Stephen Kerins 71’), 1 Jacob Walshe, 2 Pat O’Toole (John Healy 71’), 3 Saba Meunargia, 4 Peter Claffey, 5 Cillian Gallagher, 6 James Connolly (Marc Kelly 61’), 7 Rory Moloney, 8 Sean O’Brien (c) (Stephen McVeigh 71’)

Replacements; 16 John Healy, 17 Matthew Burke, 18 Cian Romaine, 19 Marc Kelly, 20 Stephen Kerins, 21 Aidan Moynihan, 22 Stephen McVeigh

Tries; McVeigh

Attendance: 1,245

 

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Knights squad named for Eagles examination.

The Knights coaching staff name a strong side for the first Castle Park Cup fixture of the season versus Connacht Eagles.

There are eight changes to the run on XV from last Saturday’s draw with Jersey at St Peter. In the backs Paul Jarvis, Dougie Flockhart and Will Hurrell all resume their usual positions and there is good news at scrum half where Michael Heaney makes his return from injury to start inside Dec Cusack.

Upfront WillGriff John is the sole survivor in the front row from last weekend with Richard List and Ben Hunter is jerseys one and two. The second row partnership of Tyler Hotson and Glen Young remains whilst Latu Makaafi and Michael Hills start on the flanks in place of Matt Challinor and Will Owen. Alex Shaw starts and number eight to complete the XV.

On the bench front row firepower is provided by Vili Veikoso, Joe Sproston and Colin Quigley with Jon Phelan covering lock. Ollie Stedman has served his three match suspension to be included in the match day twenty-two with Sam Edgerley and Brad Field providing options out wide.

Starting XV; 15) Paul Jarvis, 14) Dougie Flockhart, 13) Andy Bulumakau, 12) Will Hurrell, 11) Tyson Lewis, 10) Dec Cusack, 9) Michael Heaney, 1) Rich List, 2) Ben Hunter, 3) WillGriff John, 4) Tyler Hotson, 5) Glen Young, 6) Latu Makaafi, 7) Michael Hills ©, 8) Alex Shaw.

Replacements; 16) Vili Veikoso, 17) Joe Sproston 18) Colin Quigley, 19) Jon Phelan, 20) Ollie Stedman 21) Sam Edgerley, 22) Brad Field.

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Mission Christmas 2015

Following last year’s success the Knights have joined forces with HALLAM FM’s ‘CASH FOR KIDS’ to bring Mission Christmas to Castle Park

Every year Hallam FM & Magic AM’s Cash for Kids Children’s Charity delivers Mission Christmas. Their aim, with your help, is to make sure that every child in South Yorkshire wakes up to a present on Christmas morning.

Yesterday we launched our 2015 Mission Christmas Campaign and with your support we are aiming to go improve on last year’s fantastic offering. Cash for Kids will then be able to support even more local children who are at risk of not receiving a gift this Christmas time.

The ‘Mission Christmas’ campaign asks the community to purchase an extra gift and drop them off at one of our drop off points. The gifts will then be sorted in the Hallam FM & Magic AM’s Cash for Kids sorting office. The gifts are then distributed to the most sick, disabled and deprived children from registered professional bodies including social services, charities, doctors, schools etc. There are a strict criteria which includes; children aged between 0 – 18 and living in real poverty or sick and disabled within South Yorkshire.

What we ask for from the Knights supporters and local community is to purchase an extra gift and drop them off at our very own Drop Off point at Castle Park, so we can make a difference as a Club and community to those less fortunate. The drop off point at Castle Park is at the Main Reception, for further details please contact 01302 831 388.

Together we can make a significant difference.

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