Travelling supporter info: Jersey December 3rd.

The Pavilion at St. Peter will be open for drinks and light refreshment on Friday evening.

Knights fans making the trip to Jersey this weekend may wish to pop into the St Peter Pavilion to share a beer and bite to eat with home supporters ahead of Saturday’s kick off.

The pavilion bar will be open from 17:30-19:30 on Friday evening with nibbles also available as well as match day tickets on sale.

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Catch Phoenix at Castle Park this weekend

With the Knights away on their longest trip of the Championship season this weekend why not support Castle Park’s Doncaster Phoenix’ in their all Yorkshire affair with Hull RFC.

The Phoenix currently play in National Division Three North, English Rugby’s 5th tier and face off against some of the North’s finest amateur sides. They welcome Hull for what promises to be a fierce contest with the Phoenix side populated with local talent.

The 2nd and 3rd XVs are also in action against Harrogate and Hull Medics respectively so it promises to be a feast of rugby at Castle Park.

Kick-off for all fixtures is at 14:15.

Phoenix host their annual Christmas Lunch on December 10th (with the Knights away to London Welsh) prior to their game with Huddersfield and tickets are available now for just £17.50 call Amy Plevey on 07787568504.

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DRI Children’s Christmas collection.

This Christmas Doncaster RFC will be collecting presents & donations for the sick children at Doncaster Royal Infirmary.

On the morning of December 25th most of us will be lucky enough to be at home or with loved ones sharing in the merriment of Christmas with gifts, smiles and too much food and drink.

Unfortunately, many of the Children on DRI’s Children’s ward will not be fit enough to spend Christmas with their families this year and will require medication and near constant care from the Hospital’s nurses and Doctors this festive season.

This Christmas Castle Park and Doncaster Knights are collecting donations for DRI Children’s Ward as well as asking for presents or selection boxes that the Knights will deliver to put a smile on a sick Child’s face this Christmas.

Donations of cash or money can be left at Castle Park’s reception Monday to Friday (9am-5pm) until Friday December 16th.

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Pirates end Knights home record.

Doncaster Knights suffered a first home defeat of the season to Cornish Pirates as they were beaten 35-26 in front of a busy Castle Park crowd and the Sky Sports cameras.

The Knights will rue missed opportunities and slack discipline that effectively cost them the game as they fell short to a committed and creative Pirates outfit.  

After an impressive opening, the Knights were limited to brief spells of possession and all to often fell foul of the referees whistle allowing visiting fly half Laurence May to kick an 18 points haul.

Doncaster started the game on the front foot and got their first try after just six minutes.

Lloyd Hayes found a gap in the Pirates defence and charged up field. The midfielder was brought down just short of the 22m and in the next phase possession was whipped wide impressively by fly-half Declan Cusack setting up a two on one for Andy Bulumakau and Tyson Lewis; the latter finishing in the corner, 5-0.

The Pirates found a way back into the game moments later. Firstly, a simple penalty for May to dispatch in front of the sticks then a try shortly after. Lackluster defence close to the home try-line led to full-back Toby May going over in the corner unchallenged, 8-5.

More Cornish pressure followed the try and with Donny penned deep inside their own half the Pirates worked the ball quickly through phases testing the Knights defence and resolve with each play. The pressure eventually brought another indiscretion and May got another chance at the posts which was taken with ease, 11-5.

Doncaster were quick to respond following May’s penalty, a deep penalty kick from Cusack put the Knights in a dangerous area and gave the forwards their first real opportunity to drive.

The Knights pack pushed forward, working closer and closer to the try-line through some patient, well-set, mauling. Within a yard of the try line Richard List carried from short range & looked as if he’d got the Knights second but after a lengthy TMO time out a knock was spotted and a Pirates scrum awarded.

It was the Pirates who finished the half on the front foot, the visitors charged up field with precious little left in the half. The home defence seemed stretched with every play and there was an air of inevitability when back-row Thomas Duncan smashed through a couple of would be tacklers to score. Half time 18-5.

The Knights started the second half much like the first, taking the game to the Pirates and putting them under pressure. Unfortunately, much like the first half, that pressure didn’t last long.

The first opportunity of the half fell to the Knights after Jarad Williams broke from the back of a turnover scrum. The number eight offloaded to Will Owen who in turn gave the ball back inside to Heaney, the scrum half thought about making a dash for the line before changing his mind and attempting to offload, unfortunately the pass attempt went to ground.

Play was brought back for penalty advantage, opting for touch Donny looked to utilize the driving maul which rumbled before being stopped short of the try line. Posession was clever switch blind to Lloyd Hayes who drew his man and passed off to Jarvis who walked it in. Cusack struck an impressive touchline conversion, 18-12, game on.

Pirates hit back almost instantly and it was poor discipline from Doncaster that cost them again. A series of three quick penalties in seven were dispatched by May to move the visitors fifteen points clear and ultimately won the game, it also left the Knights with 14 men after Harrison Orr was binned for foul play on the goal line.

It was to be a difficult final fifteen minutes for the home side who desperately needed an injection of pace to the game. Orr’s yellow card was followed by an injury to Will Owen, with no back-row replacements on the bench the Knights were forced to move Robin Hislop to flank and bring on veteran prop Colin Quigley.

The Knights also switched it up in the half backs and introduced Dougie Flockhart on the wing who made an instant impact to the game as he collected a restart to put Donny on the front front.

The Knights continued to move downfield following the Flockhart take and scrum half Ben White went close first for the home side with a darting run at the base of the ruck. In the next phase Robin Hislop tried his luck from short range and powered his way over the line. The conversion from Flockhart brought the Knights within eight with over ten minutes remaining.

When the Knights played to their strengths they looked full of energy, dangerous and capable of scoring from anywhere. Unfortunately for the bumper crown it was an all to rare occurrence and good play with regularly handicapped by slack indiscipline.

It took Cornish two minutes to crush any hopes of a Donny comeback Chris Morgan touched down with alarming ease. After collecting the ball in the front pod of a line-out second-row the lock made a break from the 22m and was given a clear run to the try line, 32-19.

There was one last glimmer of hope for the Knights as Jarvis grabbed his second try of the game with minutes left on clock. The ball was moved quickly out to Jarvis on the wing from a penalty, stepping inside and beating two men Doncaster’s man of the match was able ground the ball and after a lengthy TMO review the try was awarded, 32-26.

Hope’s that a final play of the game winner might materialize quickly vanished as the Knights knocked on almost immediately from the restart before a scrum penalty against the hosts allowed May another three points which moved the home side out of losing bonus point range.

The Knights will now need to regroup as they face a tough away test in the next round of the Championship, with just ten points separating 3rd place from 11th it is vital that the Knights get back to winning ways sharpish.

Knights XV: 15. Sean Scanlon (Dougie Flockhart 65’), 14. Paul Jarvis, 13. Andy Bulumakau, 12. Lloyd Hayes, 11. Tyson Lewis, 10. Declan Cusack (Simon Humberstone 62’), 9. Michael Heaney (Ben White 62’), 1. Richard List (Robin Hislop 56’), 2. Harry Allen (Ben Hunter 31’), 3. WillGriff John, 4. Matthew Challinor, 5. David Nolan (Harrison Orr 56’), 6. Glen Young, 7. Will Owen (Colin Quigley 65’), 8. Jarad Williams

Replacements: 16. Robin Hislop, 17. Benjamin Hunter, 18, Colin Quigley, 19. Harrison Orr, 20. Douglas Flockhart, 21. Simon Humberstone, 22. Ben White

Tries: Tyson Lewis 6’, Paul Jarvis 49’ 78’, Robin Hislop 69’

Conversions: Declan Cusack 50’, Dougie Flockhart 69’ 78’

Penalties:

Pirates XV: 15. Toby May, 14. Kyle Moyle, 13. Thomas Gilbert-Hendrickson, 12. Alexander Dancer, 11. Jack Arnott, 10. Laurence May, 9. Stuart Townsend, 1. Marlen Walker, 2. Robert Elloway, 3. Jack Andrew, 4. Christopher Morgan, 5. Jacob Parker, 6. Daniel Lee, 7. Samuel Simmonds, 8. Thomas Duncan

Replacements: 16. Thomas Channon, 17. Tyler Gendall, 18. Edward Pascoe, 19. Alexander Cheesman, 20. Alexander Day, 21. William Cargill, 22. Nicolas De Battista

Tries: Toby May 15’, Thomas Duncan 37’, Chris Morgan 72’

Conversions: Laurence May 37’

Penalties: Laurence May 8’ 24’ 58’ 61’ 65’

Referee: Jack Makepeace

Attendance: 2,748

Written by Connor Hickinbottom

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Knights named for Sunday showdown.

The Knights side that will face Cornish Pirates this Sunday [live on SKY Sports] has been named.

Clive Griffiths and the coaching team keep faith with the back line that started last week’s clash against Yorkshire Carnegie as the Knights look to extend their unbeaten start at Castle Park.

There is wholesale alterations to the front row as Rich List, Harry Allen and WillGriff John switch with Robin Hislop, Ben Hunter and Colin Quigley who start on the bench.

The back five are the same as last week at Headingley with Will Owen once again featuring on dual-registration from Leicester Tigers at open side flanker.

More reinforcements arrive on loan in the form of Harrison Orr and Glen Young from Newcastle Falcons.

Orr made his debut for the Knights bench last Friday whilst Glen Young returns from Premiership action with the Falcons.

Simon Humberstone made his return from a calf strain last Friday and is included in the twenty-two with young Tigers loanee completing the 22.

Kick off on Sunday is at 14:00.

Knights XV: 15) Sean Scanlon, 14) Paul Jarvis, 13) Lloyd Hayes, 12) Mat Clark, 11) Tyson Lewis, 10) Dec Cusack, 9) Michael Heaney, 1) Rich List, 2) Harry Allen, 3) WillGriff John, 4) Matt Challinor, 5) David Nolan, 6) Latu Makaafi, 7) Will Owen, 8) Jarad Williams. 

Replacement: 16) Ben Hunter, 17) Robin Hislop, 18) Colin Quigley, 19) Harrison Orr, 20) Glen Young, 21) Simon Humberstone, 22) Ben White. 

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Car Parking – 27/11/16.

There will be no public parking at Castle Park for this Sunday’s game with Cornish Pirates.

With SKY TV occupying the main tarmac car park & continued building work taking place on the Woodside pitch there will be no public parking on site this Sunday.

Provisions are in place for two offsite car parks.

The first is at Outwood Academy Danum which is located a couple of hundred metres from Castle Park and is clearly signposted from Armthorpe Road.

The second is Armthorpe Academy, situated just one mile from Castle Park, on Mere Lane – Armthorpe. From here we will run a Park and Ride shuttle bus service with the first departure leaving Armthorpe Academy at 11:00 running continuously until 14:30 with return journeys running from 16:45 till 17:30. The cost of parking and a return ticket on the bus is £5 per car. 

The number 81 & 82 bus services, which run along Armthorpe Road past Castle Park, also pick up and drop off outside the Academy on Mere Lane.

Armthorpe Academy School address.

Armthorpe Academy

Mere Lane

Doncaster

DN3 2DA.

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WIN – Best seats in the house!

Win the best seats in the house when the Knights take on Cornish Pirates at Castle Park this Sunday.

In association with league sponsors Greene King IPA we are offering you and your mates to win the best seats in the house.

Simply follow @GreeneKingIPA on twitter and retweet the #BestSeatsInTheHouse pinned tweet to be in with a chance of winning.

The Best Seats in the House includes two raised sofas positioned next to the tunnel. An unlimited stock of Greene King IPA served by your very own beer butler as well as a hamper stock full of Greene King treats.

The competition for this fantastic competition is tomorrow so head to twitter now for your chance to win.

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TOSSERS Lunch – November 27th.

The TOSSERS convene for the second meet of the season this Sunday as the Knights take on Cornish Pirates, live on Sky Sports [Kick off 14:00].

The TOSSERS reputation precedes them and once again a full house is anticipated in the Arms Park suite with usual fare of Cow Pie with all the trimmings and cheese board on the menu.

All are welcome to join for what promises to be a high-spirited pre-match feed, full of good company and conversation.

Tickets are available for just £14* which also includes a match day programme and you can get yours by calling 01302 831388 or emailing emajor@castle-park.co.uk.

*Price does not include a match day ticket which are on sale here for just £1.

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Impressive Carnegie take derby game.

The Knights suffered their second derby loss of the season as Yorkshire Carnegie ran out 24-6 winners at Headingley.

 

It was the first meeting of the two sides since Doncaster’s semi-final play-off triumph in May and it wasn’t to be another memorable derby win for the Knights, they were unable to answer tries from Andy Saull and Mike Mayhew forced to settle for two Declan Cusack penalties as their only points for the day.

 

It was a difficult start for both sides at Headingley Carnegie Stadium, with the weather against them the Knights were forced into a kicking game, Cusack was able to get the first points for Doncaster just nine minutes after Michael Heaney and Paul Jarvis forced a mistake out of a retreating Steve McColl, 3-0.

 

The remaining half hour followed the trend of the first ten, it was Carnegie however who would be next to have a go at goal, with the Knights penalised for being offside after losing their line-out. Carnegie’s Joe Ford with the penalty, 3-3.

 

Both sides had opportunities to score after this, Will Owen charged down a kick in the Carnegie 22 but the Knights were unable to capitalise. Carnegie then worked the ball upfield and found themselves in a dangerous position after Sean Scanlon had knocked on into touch, the Donny scrum held strong and the Knights were able to got themselves out of a dangerous position.

 

The Knights and Carnegie then went tit for tat with penalties, both sides preferring to take points when able to rather than look for a try in what was a very cagey first half, 6-6.

 

Carnegie finished off the first-half in control, first came yet another Ford penalty which was expertly placed and kick-started a wave of pressure for the home side. The home side won a line-out deep into the Doncaster half and were able to maul back-row Saull over the try-line for the first try of the game, 14-6.

 

The second half played out much like the first, both sides struggled to create any clear-cut chances and relied mostly on a kicking game to get into dangerous areas.

 

Doncaster started the second half with a lot more urgency about their game. The Knights were on the front foot and playing in Carnegie territory, a rare occurrence in the first half, despite the early pressure Donny were not able to cause any real opportunities and the game once more turned against them.

 

With Ford keeping Doncaster penned in their 22m it was another driving maul that unlocked the Knights defence, Mayhew the try-scorer this time as Carnegie pushed their way over, 21-6.

 

The Knights were able to escape more embarrassment late on after they were caught napping, Carnegie capitalised on a Donny mistake and moved the ball quickly up-field, Tyson Lewis was able to make a covering challenge but the ball was worked well once more by Carnegie who got the ball through hands and saw Phil Nilsen held up over the line by Richard List and Simon Humberstone.

 

Ford was able to add three more points for Carnegie with the final kick of the game following on from Nilsen’s disallowed try, 24-6.

 

 

Knights XV: 15. Sean Scanlon, 14. Paul Jarvis, 13. Lloyd Hayes, 12. Mat Clark (Dougie Flockhart 65’), 11. Tyson Lewis, 10. Declan Cusack (Simon Humberstone 73’), 9. Michael Heaney (Sam Edgerley 65’), 1. Robin Hislop (Richard List 61’), 2. Ben Hunter (Harry Allen 58’), 3. Colin Quigley (WillGriff John 58’), 4. Matt Challinor, 5. Dave Nolan, 6. Latu Makaafi (Harrison Orr 61’), 7. Will Owen, 8. Jarad Williams

 

Replacements: 16. Richard List, 17. Harry Allen, 18. WillGriff John, 19. Harrison Orr, 20. Dougie Flockhart, 21. Simon Humberstone, 22. Sam Edgerley

 

Tries:

 

Penalties: Cusack 9’, 33’

 

Conversions:

 

Carnegie XV: 15. Stevie McColl, 14. Jonah Holmes, 13. Pete Lucock, 12. Tom Casson, 11. Seb Stegmann, 10. Joe Ford, 9. Alex Davies, 1. Charlie Beech, 2. Mike Mayhew 3. Michael Cusack, 4. Jack Whetton, 5. Richard Beck, 6. Ryan Burrows, 7. Andy Saull, 8. Ollie Stedman

 

Replacements: 16. Phil Nilsen, 17. Lewis Boyce, 18. Rob O’Donnell, 19. Dan Sanderson, 20. Chris Walker, 21. Max Green, 22. Max Wright

 

Tries: Andy Saull 38’, Mike Mayhew 66’

 

Penalties: Ford 15’, 28’, 35’, 80’

 

Conversions: Ford 66’

Written by Connor Hickinbottom.

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Knights team named for Carnegie showdown

The Knights head west to face County rivals Yorkshire Carnegie for the first time since last season’s play-off semi-finals hoping to repeat the result from the last trip to headingley.

For the clash DoR Clive Griffiths has kept faith with the backline that started in the 29-23 win over London Scottish last time out.

The pack, however, sees many changes including a full change of personnel in the front row. Robin Hislop gets the nod at loose head with Ben Hunter at hooker and Colin Quigley makes his first of the season at tighthead.

Matt Challinor and Dave Nolan continue at lock in front of a changed back-row where Latu Makaafi is recalled to the blindside alongside Tigers dual-registered flanker Will Owen and former Carnegie man Jarad Williams switches to eight with Alex Shaw missing the tie with a shoulder injury.

There is plenty of forward firepower on the bench with front row replacements in the form of Richard List, Harry Allen and WillGriff John.

Harrison Orr arrives from Kingston Park and could make his debut, the former Ealing and Australia U20s man can provide cover right across the back five.

Back replacements come from Dougie Flockhart, Simon Humberstone and Sam Edgerley; the trio ensuring that the coaches have plenty of options out wide and in the half-backs.

Kick off tomorrow is at 20:00 & full text commentary will be provided on Twitter.

Knights XV; 15) Sean Scanlon, 14) Paul Jarvis, 13) Lloyd Hayes, 12) Mat Clark, 11) Tyson Lewis, 10) Dec Cusack, 9) Michael Heaney, 1) Robin Hislop, 2) Ben Hunter, 3) Colin Quigley, 4) Matt Challinor, 5) Dave Nolan, 6) Latu Makaafi, 7) Will Owen, 8) Jarad Williams.

Replacements; 16) Richard List, 17) Harry Allen, 18) WillGriff John, 19) Harrison Orr, 20) Dougie Flockhart, 21) Simon Humberstone, 22) Sam Edgerley.

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Cummins relishing Carnegie challenge.

Tomorrow the Knights face off against local rivals Yorkshire Carnegie; the first time the two teams have met since the play-off semi-finals last year.

It is also the first time that Skills & Backs Coach Francis Cummins faces his former side after leaving in February of this year and a Headingley return is a prospect he is forward to; “I think there is going to be a little bit extra tomorrow, personally as I coached there last year, but mainly because it’s a local derby against second in the league.

“They are coming off a bad loss against London Irish and will have a point to prove, what is good is that they’re a team that like to play rugby. They are a team that have scored some good tries so far this season but they’ve also let tries in.

“I get frustrated sometimes when we play against teams who don’t come to play, all they are doing is trying to spoil but we’ve got to be better and not allow that to affect us.”

Under Francis’ stewardship the backs have accounted for 21 of the Knights 27 Championship tries so far this season and whilst he is happy with the backs finishing, the former Super League flyer maintains it is a fifteen-man effort; “We’ve been very happy with the finishing so far, there have been a few games where we haven’t had the ball much at all but we’ve been able to finish off because the forwards have put us in the position to do so.

“The pack have been working really hard to put us in dangerous positions, our focus has been on the finer details and getting where we want to play and there is no doubt that it has paid off for us.”

Friday’s game is the Knights first evening fixture of the 2016/17 campaign, with winter now in full flow Cummins is determined to continue getting the best out of his backs regardless of the conditions; “Now that the weather is turning we have got to believe in our skill, we don’t shut up shop now, it’s mid-November and we know the poor light and the rain don’t stop until mid-February!

“We’re going to need the forwards now more than ever but we still need to back our own skill and our decision making; we need to know when the right time to play is and when to leave it.”

Just two places separate the Knights and Carnegie going into tomorrow night’s fixture, however, it is the West Yorkshiremen that have demonstrated most consistency across the opening eight rounds. “Our play at times has been really good in games and then we’ve lost control or we’ve had a poor start and had to chase which are things we have been working to address in training over the last few weeks.

“Overall, our league position so far is okay, we want to be in this area of the division but we’re a little bit frustrated and we’ve probably made things harder for ourselves than we needed to in many games.

“We can’t afford to give middle third penalties away tomorrow, with one kick your back in your own five metre. Our game management has been a bit naive at times, we’ve probably invited other teams to have a go at us mid-third, what we need to do is win territory early on and make it hard for them.

“We can’t give teams like Carnegie the opportunity to play and we don’t intend to tomorrow.”

Keep your eyes pealed for team news for tomorrow’s clash, on the way soon.

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