Classy Exiles put Knights to the sword in second half.

Knights 3-35 London Irish

If the Knights are to make it to the Greene King IPA Championship final for a second season they will need to turn a 32-point deficit as they were outscored by six tries to nil by an impressive London Irish outfit.

It was a dominant performance by Irish who, in all honesty, never looked like faltering in their first appearance in the Greene King IPA Championship play-offs. Imperious defence frustrated the Knights who enjoyed more than their fair share of possession but struggled to make inroads against a seemingly impenetrable wall of green.

It was a frantic start to proceedings, the Knights were quick out of the blocks using the blustery conditions to their advantage as Simon Humberstone penned Irish back in their own half with several fantastic high-balls.

It was a Humberstone kick that created the first chance of the game, the fly-half bombed one spiralling high up into the air allowing the wind to put doubt in the visitors back three. Tommy Bell misjudged the bounce allowing Dougie Flockhart to collect deep in the goal area. At first it looked like an incredible finish by the winger but the TMO decision ruled possession to have gone dead.

London Irish responded to this threat almost instantly. Having been penned in their half for the opening fifteen minutes, the visitors made their way up field and earned themselves a line out on the Donny 5m.

The power and organisation of the Irish pack was evident from minute one to eighty and with the subsequent driving-maul drove over with David Paice getting the first of a brace of tries on the day. Bell was unable to deal with the blustery conditions as the conversion went wide.

With Irish having demonstrated their prowess at the set piece the Donny pack came to the fore with a show of strength shortly after. A solid scrum saw the visitors front row crumble allowing Dougie Flockhart to kick at goal, unfortunately the conditions proved too difficult for the winger as his three-point attempt sailed wide.

Doncaster were once again made to rue their missed chances as Irish added another try just moments later, a powerful run from Fergus Mulchrone in midfield sucked the Knights defence in-field which Irish exploited exquisitely. Ofisa Treviranus ran a powerful line to give Aseli Tikoirotuma space outside him, the big number eight offloaded in contact and Tikoirotuma finished in the corner. Bell, once again, off the mark with the conversion – 0-10.

The Knights persistence in attack must was to their credit but, as they found a fortnight ago, the speed in which Irish attacked the line was frightful and meant that tens of attacking phases bore little fruit.

A scrum penalty did finally offer Donny another chance for points and, aided by an extra ten yards for dissent, Flockhart got the Knights off the mark which meant they went into the break trailing by just one converted score.

A fortnight ago London Irish won the day with two quick-fire tries shortly after the interval and it was a similar tale today.

A deft short pass by fly half James Marshall sent Alex Lewington clean through, the winger racing in under the sticks to kick-off a dominant forty minutes from the visitors. Bell’s conversion made it 3-17.

The pressure continued to come from the Exiles and another well-executed driving maul did the damage. The Irish pack went over the whitewash from a line-out but it was called back by the referee who had spotted foul play and Aaron Carpenter was subsequently sent to the sin-bin. Irish made sure second time around with Paice barrelling over for his second score. Bell missed the extras, 3-22.

The visitors then added a penalty and increased the lead to 23-points by which point any hopes of a comeback were very thin indeed.  

A fortnight ago Donny were able to finish with a flurry however this time out the Exiles seemed to improve until the final whistle and when Paul Jarvis was sent to the sin-bin, judged to have tipped tackled Lewington at a ruck, the away lead increased.

The Irish pack recorded their third driving maul try as lock Sebastian De Chaves powered over at the back to increase the lead to 3-30 before a second for score Aseli Tikoirotuma.

The centre started the attack inside his own half, making a powerful break through the Knights defence before offloading to replacement full back Greig Tonks who gave the ball straight back to the Fijian international to go over in the corner.

The Knights continued to graft until the very last play and almost created an opportunity for a late score when Sam Edgerley and Andy Bulumakau linked up nicely down the right wing but to no avail.

Om Saturday the Knights will go to the Madejski with nothing to lose, so (possibly) for one last time in 2016/17 we hope to see you get behind the lads as they aim to put on a show against the league Champs.

Doncaster Knights: Jarvis, Flockhart (Clark 56′), Bulumakau, Hayes, Lewis, Humberstone (Cusack 51′), Heaney (Edgerley 65′), List (Bergmanas 57′), Hunter (Nelson 56′), Quigley (John 45′), Challinor, Young (Williams 43′), Shaw, Hills, Carpenter

Pens: Flockhart

London Irish: Bell (Tonks, 68), Lewington, Tikoirotuma, Fergus Mulchrone, Cokanasiga, Marshall, McKibbin (Steele, 62), Hobbs-Awoyemi (Court, 57), Paice (c) (Porecki, 68), Franks (Hoskins, 75), De Chaves (Robson, 63), Sinclair (De Chaves, 70), Coman (Gilsenan, 57), Cowan, Treviranus

Tries: Paice (2), Tikoirotuma (2), Lewington, De Chaves  

Cons: Bell

Pens: Bell

Referee: Luke Pearce

Attendance:  2,173              

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DKTV | Clive Griffiths Championship play off semi-final preview.

On the eve of the play off semi-final first leg versus London Irish Clive Griffiths previews the Castle Park clash and gives a review on what has been a successful but eventful 2016/17 for the Knights.

The kick off at 15:00 tomorrow bidding to upset the odds and book a place in the play-off semi-finals for a second successive season. Tickets for the game at Castle Park will be available from the ticket office which opens at 12:00. #COYK.

Knights named for play-off opener

The Knights side charged with upsetting the odds at Castle Park against regular season table toppers London Irish has been named. [Sunday April 30th, 3pm]. 

 

The starting XV shows three changes to the side that lost out to the Exiles a fortnight ago and there are returns to the match day twenty-two for WillGriff John and Mat Clark following lengthy injury lay offs. 

 

Following yesterday’s Dream Team inclusion, Paul Jarvis returns to the XV in place of Sean Scanlon at fullback. With well over 300 appearances between them Dougie Flockhart and Tyson Lewis cut familiar figures on the wings. 

 

Lloyd Hayes continues to be a model of consistency at inside centre with the ever-dangerous Andy Bulumakau starting at thirteen. 

 

Simon Humberstone gets the nod over Declan Cusack at fly-half having set up Tyson Lewis’ try with a deft chip in the dying seconds of the Castle Park clash a fortnight ago. Cusack takes his place amongst the replacements and Michael Heaney provides the fulcrum between forwards and backs at scrumhalf. 

 

The front row is the same as the one that started in each of the 2016/17 play-off fixtures with stalwart props Richard List and Colin Quigley bookending hooker Ben Hunter. 

 

Matt Challinor starts at lock accompanied by another member of the Knights Dream Team contingent Glen Chugga Young. 

 

Players’ Player of the Year Jack Ram continues to recover from an injury suffered versus Jersey earlier this month so Alex Shaw switches to blindside flanker and Aaron Carpenter wear number eight. Michael Hills captains the side from openside as he bids for a second play-off wining campaign of his career. 

 

Young guns Jack Bergmanas and Dave Nelson join WillGriff John as the front row cover and Jarad Williams completes pack replacements. 

 

Mat Clark will hope to make his first appearance since the start of February from the bench having passed a fitness test this week. Sam Edgerley will hope to make an impact against his former Club with Dec cusack completing the match day squad. 

 

Kick off on Sunday is at 15:00, tickets are available from Castle Park and coverage begins at 14:45 on Sky Sports two. 

 

Knights XV; 15) Paul Jarvis, 14) Dougie Flockhart, 13) Andy Bulumakau, 12) Lloyd Hayes, 11) Tyson Lewis, 10) Simon Humberstone, 9) Michael Heaney, 1) Richard List, 2) Ben Hunter, 3) Colin Quigley, 4) Matt Challinor, 5) Glen Young, 6) Alex Shaw, 7) Michael Hills, 8) Aaron Carpenter. 

 

Replacements; 16) Jack Bergmanas, 17) Dave nelson, 18) WillGriff John, 19) Jarad Williams, 20) Mat Clark, 21) Sam Edgerley, 22) Dec Cusack.

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8 days | Just over one week for early bird discount.

Knights Fans have just eight days left to take advantage of early bird savings on 2017/18 Season Tickets. 

Following a second successive play-off achieving season it was announced that the cost of season tickets will remain for 2017/18.

With the majority of the 2016/17 squad recommitted and eight exciting new signings already revealed next season promises to hold much excitement for rugby fans at Castle Park. 

For fans wishing to take advantage of early bird savings purchase your ticket before next Wednesday [May 31st] and save up to £25 off the cost of the season ticket and reserve your current seat in the stand. 

Early Bird purchasers can also split the cost of their season ticket over three monthly payments with our Early Bird Installment system, simply make your first payment at reception before the next Wednesday’s cut off [May 31st] and split your season ticket cost across the summer.

To purchase your 2017/18 season ticket simply call 01302 831388 during office hours or email reception@castle-park.co.uk.

Purchasing a Castle Park Season Ticket includes DRFC membership and offers significant savings compared to buying tickets on a match by match basis as well as numerous other benefits including:

  • Full voting rights at the Clubs Annual General Meeting
  • Right to enter ballot for International Ticket allocations after two full seasons or more of continuous Club Membership.
  • Two “Bring a Friend for Free” vouchers for a first team game
  • Regular electronic communication from the Club.
  • Guaranteed entry into all home league, cup (pool) and a minimum of 1 friendly game
  • Guarantee your seat in The De Mulder Lloyd Stand (where applicable)
  • 10% discount in the Club Shop

Click for full 2017/18 Season Ticket pricing structure

Click for 2017/18 Season Ticket Application form. 

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Knights trio make Champ Dream Team!

For the second year running Doncaster Knights are very well represented in the Greene King IPA Championship as Paul Jarvis, Jack Ram and Glen Young are all named in the division’s ‘all star’ XV.

The Dream Team is selected by the coaches of all the league’s teams and once again the Knights are fantastically represented having had four candidates last year.

Full back Paul Jarvis makes the grade for the second time having previously been selected in 2014/15, Jack Ram’s sensational five months in England continues to gain recognition with his selection and Glen Young, the Knights most capped dual-registered player, is the pick at lock.

Elsewhere play-offs semi-finalists London Irish and Yorkshire Carnegie have four playersapiece and further recognition of Jersey’s best-ever Championship finish of fifth, two Reds players have made the cut alongside one from London Scottish and one from Ealing Trailfinders.

Check out the full team below. Congratulations lads!

1) Prop – LEWIS BOYCE (Yorkshire Carnegie)

For the second year running a loose-head coached by Steve Boden is selected at No.1, with England U20 Junior World Cup winner Boyce following in the footsteps of ex-Jersey player Sam Lockwood. Boyce is a destructive ball carrier and vastly improved scrummager who fought off stiff competition from Cornish Pirates’ Marlen Walker.

2) Hooker – PHIL NILSEN (Yorkshire Carnegie)

Nilsen passed 200 games for the club in his testimonial season. Gives his heart and soul to the cause and does the basics very well. Huge work rate. Honourable mentions go to David Paice, Alun Walker and last year’s winner Ben Hunter.

3) Prop – SIMON KERROD (Jersey Reds)

Cornerstone of Jersey’s juggernaut pack. A powerful scrummager who likes to get around the park, Kerrod attracted nine out of the 11 votes cast – the highest ratio of any player – with Richmond’s Rupert Harden claiming the other two.

4) Lock – PIERCE PHILLIPS (Jersey Reds)

Jersey’s captain will join Kerrod at Worcester after impressing in his third season at the Reds. A towering presence in the lineout whose leadership qualities have shone through.

5) Lock – GLEN YOUNG (Doncaster)

Dual-registered Newcastle player who has spent most of the season with the Knights. Superb aerially, Young dominates re-starts and runs the lineout well. The former Scotland U20 international works tirelessly and is highly thought of at Castle Park.

6) Flanker – JACK RAM (Doncaster)

Typical Tongan force of nature whose work at the breakdown is second to none, plus he is also a good link up man in attack. Ram arrived in December but made a big enough impression in his time on the pitch to see off the likes of Ealing’s Kieran Murphy

7) Flanker – BLAIR COWAN (London Irish)

Strong over the ball and in the tackle, Scotland cap Cowan has continued to play at international standard in the Championship and has weighed in with six League tries. Picked up five of the 11 votes cast. 

8) Number 8 – Ryan Burrows (Yorkshire Carnegie)

Burrows, one of the Championship’s most consistent performers, has earned himself a move to Newcastle with his strong ball carrying from the base of the scrum or ruck. Edges out Nick Haining, Mark Bright and Tom Duncan despite playing a mix of six and eight this season.

9) Scrum-half – SCOTT STEELE (London Irish)

Nuggety number nine with an eye for the gap who seems to get better with every passing season. Marginally preferred to Richmond’s Sam Stuart and Bedford’s Jordan Burns.

10) Fly-half – JAMES MARSHALL (London Irish)

Outstanding ball player who has given Irish a real attacking edge this season. Astute decision-maker with the skill set to match, Marshall was nominated as the league’s best 10 by seven of the 11 coaches.

11) Wing – JASON HARRIES (London Scottish)

Former Wales Sevens star with power and pace in abundance. Has shone in what has been an otherwise disappointing season for Scottish, scoring 11 League tries. Edged out Tyson Lewis.

12) Centre – Joe Munro (Ealing Trailfinders)

Despite his impressive physique, there is more to Munro’s game than just crashing the ball up the middle. The 6’5 centre is also an accomplished distributor and has generally enjoyed an excellent second season at Vallis Way.

13) Centre – Asaeli Tikoirotuma (London Irish)

A game breaker and try scorer who makes things happen whilst in possession. Aled Jenkins, Andrew Bulumakau and Robbie Ferguson all had claims on the No.13 jersey too, but the Fijian international’s x-factor tipped the verdict his way.

14) Wing – Jonah Holmes (Yorkshire Carnegie)

Jet-heeled winger/full-back who knows his way to the line. Carnegie’s most dangerous back throughout the season and the scorer of 13 Championship tries, the joint second-highest in the League.

15) Full-back – Paul Jarvis (Doncaster Knights)

After a one-year hiatus, Jarvis returns to the No.15 berth following another season of consistently high performances. Arguably the best counter-attacking full-back in the league with his pace and ability to spot a gap. Punches above his weight in defence too.

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DKTV | Jack Ram extends Castle Park stay.

It’s been a busy week for flanker Jack Ram!

The Tongan international scooped the prestigious Players’ Player of the Year award at last Friday’s Awards Knight before it was announced he had agreed a contract extension at Castle Park for 2017/18 and then was named as the starting number six in the Greene King IPA Championship Dream XV. 

As play-off week edges towards kick off Jack discusses all of the above as well as his return to play progress and Sunday’s big game.

Play off tickets on sale now – Sunday April 28th, kick off 15:00.

Club statement | Minimum Standards Criteria results 

Ahead of the results of the RFU’s independent audit report of the Greene King IPA Championship semi-finalists, assessing their eligibility for promotion to the Aviva Premiership next season, the Club announces that Doncaster Knights would not accept promotion should the Knights be successful in their 2016/17 play-off bid.

The decision has been made following a review of the Club’s position within the current professional Rugby Union structure in England, where it is not believed to be in the Club’s best interest to be promoted to the Aviva Premiership.

In a statement made jointly by Club President Tony De Mulder and Chief Executive David Ryall, and fully supported by the DRFC Board of Directors, the pair explained the priority for Doncaster RFC has to be for continued, sustainable rugby at Castle Park. “Having previously looked at promotion we feel it is simply unaffordable and out of our reach in the current structure and financial arrangement for professional rugby union in England.

“Our preference now is to continue to play expansive and winning rugby in the Championship rather than find ourselves bereft of the time and resources needed to construct a squad fit for Premiership competition where history has shown that the promoted side rarely prosper or survive.

“The Club’s priority has to be to guarantee the continuity and employment of our current squad, the majority of whom have re-signed for next season and beyond.

“English professional rugby union is currently in a state of flux and there is much to be debated about the future of both the Championship and the Premiership, evidenced by the scrapping of the recent proposals made by Nigel Melville and Dean Ryan.

“If and when the future of professional rugby union in England becomes clear, then the ambition of Doncaster Rugby Club remains as fervent as ever but we will not cripple ourselves chasing something that is not feasible at this time.

“We owe it to our loyal supporters and players continue to strive for success both on and off the field and believe this is more likely when competing at the top of the Championship than at the bottom of the Premiership.” 

London Irish and Yorkshire Carnegie have met the minimum standards criteria to the satisfaction of the RFU based on the following stadia: Madejski Stadium (London Irish) and Headingly Carnegie Stadium (Yorkshire Carnegie).

The club will make no further comment on the subject at this time.

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Cummins | All the pressure is on Irish.

There is just four days to go until the play-off semi-final first leg at Castle Park as the Knights face off against league-leaders London Irish on Sunday afternoon [KO 15:00].

Having had a taste of the Exiles capabilities just two weekends ago, the Knights coaching team have been able to take their time closely examining what must be improved for the first leg.

A fortnight ago Irish prevailed 22-5 in a well-contested encounter at Castle Park with the visitors’ defensive capabilities winning the day. The Knights did eventually break through with a last gasp try from Tyson Lewis and Backs Coach Francis Cummins states they will have to put away more of their chances if progression to the final is to become possible.  “We’ve had a week to look at a few things that we did well and go over areas where we were frustrated – plays that weren’t executed and too many mistakes.

“If we can put a few things right this weekend then it will be a completely different game.

“The backs did create some chances but we didn’t take them, in the top games like that and in play-off rugby, you’ve got to take your chances and that’s what we’re aiming to do.”

Sunday’s visitors have been the dominant force of the Championship this term meaning they go into the play-offs as the clear favourites, however, the Knights’ former Super league star believes this could play into his side’s hands. “Most people expect Irish to win which can create more anxiety for the opposition. If we start well or play well and get a result then all the pressure is on the big boys – the side that have spent all the money and who have been talked up about where they will be next year.

“We want to put their players in positions they haven’t previously been in, keep the game tight and put them under pressure.

“If we do that they’re going to start to panic, they’ve only lost once this year in the league so they’ve not been in that position that often and we need to take them there.”

The Knights two encounters against the Exiles have bookended the season with Donny missing out both times but in spite of this Francis doesn’t see any reason why they shouldn’t go into the game with confidence but that discipline will be the key. “Sometimes, when you see a team winning games from afar, you think they are indestructible and that you aren’t going to beat them, I’m not saying we had that thought but once you get to play them you realise they are only human beings.

“Looking at the chances we created, we’ve got to be confident that we can open them up and show what our strengths are which is generally passing the ball and having a go as well as being solid in other areas. 

“However, you can’t make twenty-odd errors with the ball against any top side, you might get away with it against some of the bottom end teams in the Championship but you aren’t going to get away with it against the league leaders.  

“We believe that if we can sort those errors out, if we can even half them we’ll be in good shape.”

Tickets are still available for the first leg of the semi-final clash against London Irish, kick-off is at 3pm on Sunday 30th April. For tickets please head to the online ticketing system. 

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Play off semi-final | supporter info.

We are now just five sleeps away from the start of the play-off semi-finals as the Knights look to shock regular season champions, London Irish, at Castle Park.

In front of the Sky Sport Cameras, Clive Griffiths’ charges aim to inflict just a third defeat of 2016/17 on The Exiles and here is everything you need to know about match day at Castle Park this Sunday.

Pre-match Lunch.

Firstly, and most importantly, our internationally renowned Cow Pie will be on sale in the Play Off Lunch.

A generous serving of the South Yorkshire delicacy will be accompanied by peas, chips and gravy and followed by a Yorkshire Cheeseboard. All available for just £14* which includes a match day programme; to book your place please call 01302 831388 or email reception@castle-park.co.uk before 3pm on Thursday.

Tickets.

Pre-sales for tickets have been fantastic so far and we are on track for a bumper play off crowd. If you have not purchased your tickets for Sunday yet you can do so online today! Click the link for our online ticketing system and check out our handy video explainer if you need any assistance.  

Parking.

With a super crowd expected and the arrival of Sky Sports onsite parking is expected to be tight. For Sunday only we will be opening the whole of the Woodside Pitch for parking as no more rugby will be played on that pitch this season. The cost of parking is £5 per vehicle and we advise arriving early if you wish to secure a space on site.

Provisions are also 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, 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.

First Buses Offer.

Spectators can take advantage of a special deal by using the First Bus service to watch Sunday’s semi-final.

Travel to the game on First Bus Services and present your travel ticket at Castle Park to receive £5 off the match day entrance fee. The offer is available in the De Mulder Lloyd and Eden Lea Stand as well as the East Terrace.

Bus service 81/82 runs from Stand C2 at Doncaster Interchange and serves Armthorpe Road with a day ticket costing just £4.

Club shop.

The end of season sale in the Club Shop offers mega savings to all fans with 30% off the marked price on all items. **

Keep checking www.drfc.co.uk for daily content and updates ahead of Sunday’s clash.

*Does not include match day ticket

**Excludes coffee and pin badges.

 

 

 

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Jack’s back for 2017/18.

Doncaster Knights are delighted to announce the re-signing of the 2017/18 Players’ Player of the Season – flanker Jack Ram.

As the countdown to the play-offs enters its final week we are able to announce that one of the season’s key performers recommits to the Club for next season in the form of Players’ Player of the Season Jack Ram.

The Tongan flanker has been a revelation since signing at Castle Park in December, featuring in ten of the twelve games that followed his arrival – dotting down for three tries in the process.

Ram’s efforts over the past five months saw him scoop the prestigious Players Player of the Season award at last Friday’s Awards Evening and the he is fast developing a reputation as one of the very best flankers in the Championship.

The 30-year-old made the long journey to South Yorkshire from the New Zealand province of Northlands where he was a mainstay in their ITM Cup team having featured in all three of Tonga’s autumn victories over USA, Spain and Italy.

Jack will continue his international duty with Tonga this summer and return to represent Northland in their 2017 ITM Cup campaign before joining his Knights teammates upon the completion of Northland’s competition.

Talking on Jack’s contract extension, Director of Rugby Clive Griffiths admits he is over the moon to have Jack back on board and that his signing is a statement of intent for the Club going forward. “Jack has proved to be an outstanding acquisition for us since arriving in late 2016, he has continued the terrific form he showed on international duty for Tonga in November. 

“We knew his pedigree when he arrived having featured in a World Cup and in Super Rugby for Auckland but he has adapted seamlessly to playing over here and hit the ground running.

“It is a big capture to have re-secured Jack’s services for 2017/18 and I am delighted to bring him back on board and continue the development of the team ahead of next season.”

Jack missed the final game of the regular season through injury and the Club’s medical team are waiting on a decision to whether he will feature in the play-off semi-finals.

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List raring for play off opener!

The Knights begin their final week of training before the 2016/17 play-offs begins on Sunday [April 30th, KO 15:00].  

Having secured their play-off spot with a win against Jersey, the Knights finished their season with a preview encounter against Sunday’s opposition – London Irish.

In a competitive affair, a full strength Irish side pulled away from the Knights with two quick fire tries just after half time, boosted by the absence of prop Richard List who had been sin-binned for a team offence at a driving maul.

Restored to a full fifteen the Knights finished on a high and Listy believes that getting the late try is a huge confidence boost going into the semi-finals: “The score at the end was massive for us, it shows that they aren’t invincible and we can score against them, we probably messed up three or four more opportunities so we know we need to be more clinical this weekend.

We couldn’t quite get our attack going for periods of the game, they have impressive line speed in defence which forced us to make errors and we can’t give a team like London Irish cheap many opportunities.

“We need to be clinical and aggressive in what we do on Sunday but, we’re really looking forward it.

List will, in all likelihood, play huge role in both legs of the semi-final as the Knights pack down against a front row awash with international quality, however, it is a not a challenge that phases the newly crowned Fans Player of the Season.  “They have a lot of experience up front, we’re coming up against ex-Premiership, Super Rugby and World Cup winners so we need to be on our game for that but we know we’ve got a good scrummaging team and we know we can do a job against some of the best scrummaging teams around. 

“I think if we can our  job and front up a little bit more than we did last time then we can give the backs the ball that they want and create a bit more space for them to play.

“I don’t think we’re that far off up-front, we just need to be a bit more clinical overall.”

Bookmakers stack the odds heavily in the Exiles favour and there won’t be many neutrals backing a Donny win but Richard states that none of that registers within the dressing room and the team are absolutely ready to go out and cause an upset.  “It feels great to be getting ready for another shot at the play-offs, the lads are definitely up for it just, as much as last year if not more, we’re going up against a really good team.

“London Irish are a side that play some really exciting rugby, we’re looking to knock that and the feeling around camp is that we’re all ready and raring to go.

“We have one week left of training and still have a few things to put in place for that first game but we are all mad keen for it and just really excited about the opportunity to play knock out rugby again.”

Tickets are on sale for Sunday’s semi final now and selling fast – get yours here.

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