Late drama ends all square.

Knights 25-25 Bedford Blues.

Late drama at Castle Park saw the Knights just unable to hold on for victory in an entertaining tussle with Bedford Blues.

Having fought back from a ten point deficit the Knights could not keep the Blues at bay in the late stages and saw a final play drop goal fall the wrong side of the uprights.

The game started at a frantic pace with both sides having breached the whitewash with barely five minutes played.

Bedfird struck first having gained great field position courtesy of Harry Sheppard. The fly half pinged a midfield penalty deep into the Donny 22m and from their the visitors rallied. A good maul was followed by purposeful carries in field and eventually George Edgson found a gap at the base of the ruck to score. Sheppard converted, 0-7.

Donny’s response was immediate and impressive. Michael Hills took the ball very flat and under pressure but got it away to Alex Shaw who went through to find Tom Hicks in support. The lock was able to get his arms out of contact to offload and possession was then sent to Tyson Lewis who worked his way through the coverage and over the whitewash.

Following the try, the Knights threaded together some nice possession and were finding holes when the outside backs got opportunity to run.

Lloyd Hayes enjoyed several half breaks where one more offload might have unlocked the Blues. Opportunity knocked for the Knights and a wide pass to Tyson Lewis was thrown, unfortunately Sheppard was alert to it and intercepted. Charlie Foley tracked back to pull the fly half down in the Knights half but quickly recycled ball made it’s way to winger Rich Lane who finished tidily.

The Blues kept up the pressure and added penalty from Sheppard shortly after meaning the Knights, again, found themselves on the wrong end of a 10-point disadvantage.

Donny improved markedly from this point on and looked much the better side for the remainder of the first half.

An intelligent series of attacks was initially well defended by the Blues but eventually drew a penalty that Cusack stuck deep into the visitors 22m. The initial line out was illegally dropped so the forwards went again and on the second attempt Ben Hunter was driven over the line to touch down. Flockhart added the extras; 12-15.

Bedford almost produced an immediate response but, with the line at his mercy, replacement wing Jordan Burns was unable to hold on to a Michael LeBourgeois chip and from the resulting scrum the Knights won a penalty to clear all danger.

A kick exchange followed and ended in the Knights back three running possession at the Blues defence. Good ground was made with decent support as Foley lead Donny down the right hand side. Following quickly recycled ball Alex Shaw showed an impressive turn of pace to break and charge towards the line. It looked very much like the number eight had got over but he was stopped just shy and from the breakdown Colin Quigley went over for his third (THIRD!!!!!) try of the season.

Flockhart could not add the extras but the Knights went into the break leading 17-15.

The Knights carried their momentum into the second half and quickly extended their lead. Concerted pressure drew a penalty for a no arm tackle on Quigley and in good field position Flockhart gladly accepted the three pointer.

Only a couple of minutes later the Knights secured a bonus point as Hunter crossed for his second.

Having collected the restart, the pack formed a powerful maul and made fantastic headway before desperation saw the hosts drop the drive, giveaway a penalty and really were lucky to escape without a yellow card.

Cusack struck the penalty deep into the Bedford 22m and the Donny pack went to drive, the visitors stood off initially but eventually engaged from which point the Knights surged forward for Hunter to bag his second.

A twenty-point swing meant the Knights were now up by ten and in a position to put the game to bed but it was no to be. The final half an hour belonged largely to Bedford who starved Donny of possession in the late stages to earn a hard-fought draw.

The fact Bedford did not add to their total till after the hour mark is credit to the Knights defence – as is the fact that the Blues registered just three tries in the game.

Replacement fly half Will Hooley made it a one score game on 62 minutes after mounting pressure on the Knights forced a penalty. Then with just three minutes on the clock the Blues found a breakthrough as Jordan Burns crossed in the corner following a series of penalties which saw the Knights reduced to fourteen men; Owen Evans paying the price of repeated team infringements.

The try made the score 25-23 leaving Hooley with a tricky conversion to tie things up. From the second the ball left his boot there was no doubt that it was going to sail over.

Time remained for one last attack and the Knights were able to win possession back promptly at the restart. Industrious play from Lloyd Hayes saw Donny get deep into the Blues half and as the pack pounded away in the tight Simon Humberstone dropped back into the pocket. Several phases passed before Michael Heaney spun it deep to Humberstone but his effort drifted wide of the uprights and with that referee John Meredith brought proceedings to a close.

Victory stolen from the Knights late on once again but a much improved showing from Clive Griffiths’ charges – hopefully a performance to build on next weekend at Ealing.

Doncaster Knights: 15 Charlie Foley, 14 Dougie Flockhart, 13 Lloyd Hayes, 12 Will Owen, 11 Tyson Lewis, 10 Declan Cusack (Simon Humberstone 70’), 9 Tom James (Michael Heaney 65’), 1 Richard List (Owen Evans 55’), 2 Ben Hunter (Curtis Langdon 70’), 3 Colin Quigley (Joe Sproston 70’), 4 Matt Challinor, 5 Tom Hicks (Morgan Eames 62’), 6 Jack Ram (Jason Hill 65’), 7 Michael Hills ©, 8 Alex Shaw

Replacements; 16) Curtis Langdon, 17) Owen Evans, 18) Joe Sproston, 19) Morgan Eames, 20) Jason Hill, 21) Michael Heaney, 22) Simon Humberstone

Tries; Lewis 7’, Hunter 27’, 48’, Quigley 40’

Conv; Flockhart 27’

Pens; Flockhart 44

Bedford Blues; 15. Chris Czekaj, 14. Rich Lane , 13. Ollie Dodge, 12. Michael LeBourgeois (c), 11. Dean Adamson (Jordan Burns 30’), 10. Harry Sheppard (Will Hooley 57’), 9. Lee Dickson, 1. Sean McCarthy (Camil Parilli-Ocampo 56’), 2. George Edgson (Tom Lindsay 56’), 3. Alex Penny (Dave Spelman 56’), 4. Jordan Onojaife, 5. Will Carrick-Smith, 6. Paul Tupai (Alex Rae 47’), 7. Ben Adams (Josh Buggea 57’), 8. Jarad Williams

Replacements: 16. Tom Lindsay, 17. Camilo Parilli-Ocampo, 18. Dave Spelman, 19. Alex Rae, 20. Josh Buggea, 21. Jordan Burns, 22. Will Hooley

Tries; Edgson 5’, Lane 17’, Burns 78’

Conv; Sheppard 5’, Hooley 78’

Pens; Sheppard 22’, Hooley 62’

Attendance; 1,076

Referee: John Meredith



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DKTV | Matt Challinor Double Centurion.

Matt Challinor will make is 200th appearance for the club tomorrow to become just the fourth double centurion in the Club’s professional history.

Challinor joined the side in 2010 and has seen more highs and lows than most in the Blue, Red and White of Doncaster.

As the Knights look to buck their recent run of disappointing results, Challinor reviews last weekend’s defeat and looks ahead to tomorrow’s clash as well as reflecting on some of the most memorable times across his eight seasons with the Club.

Team News | Challinor set for 200!

Club captain Matt Challinor is set to make his 200th appearance as a Knight tomorrow afternoon as we welcome Bedford Blues to Castle Park.

Chall lines up in his usual number four jersey alongside Tom Hicks in a familiar looking tight five for the Knights. Fellow double centurion Richard List is recalled to the starting XV at loose head alongside Ben Hunter and Colin Quigley.

Jack Ram continues at blindside with skipper Michael Hills on the other flank and Alex Shaw starts at number eight with Aaron Carpenter on Canada duty versus Spain in Madrid.

In the backs Tom James is rewarded for his recent try scoring contributions with a start at scrum half alongside Declan Cusack who gets the nod over Simon Humberstone at ten.

Lloyd Hayes and Will Owen continue in midfield with Charlie Foley keeping his spot at full back.

Tyson Lewis lines up as usual on the left hand side and there is a welcome return for the Knights all-time leading point scorer Dougie Flockhart who makes his first start of the season out on the right wing.

Fresh from Anglo-Welsh Cup duty with Sale, hooker Curtis Langdon is back in the Knights match squad on dual-registration – Owen Evans and Joe Sproston complete the front row replacements. Morgan Eames makes his first appearance since picking up a foot injury versus Leinster A and Jason Hill provides cover across the back row.

Michael Heaney and Simon Humberstone, last week’s starters in the half backs, complete the match day squad and will hope to make an impact from the bench. 

Kick off tomorrow is 14:30 and tickets are available on the gate.

Doncaster Knights: 15 Charlie Foley, 14 Dougie Flockhart, 13 Lloyd Hayes, 12 Will Owen, 11 Tyson Lewis, 10 Declan Cusack, 9 Tom James, 1 Richard List, 2 Ben Hunter, 3 Colin Quigley, 4 Matt Challinor, 5 Tom Hicks, 6 Jack Ram, 7 Michael Hills ©, 8 Alex Shaw


Replacements; 16) Curtis Langdon, 17) Owen Evans, 18) Joe Sproston, 19) Morgan Eames, 20) Jason Hill, 21) Michael Heaney, 22) Simon Humberstone

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DKTV | Tom James talks Richmond & Bedford.

Scrum half Tom James came of the bench to score a try that briefly put the Knights in the lead against Richmond at The Athletic Ground last Friday.

Unfortunately it was not enough to stop the side slipping to a late defeat and Tom says the Knights need to be more clinical if they are to turn narrow defeats into wins.

This weekend the Knights take on Bedford Blues, a side Tom knows very well having signed from Goldington road in the summer. The Blues enter the game in good form and Tom says that the Knights can expect a typically attacking display for the Blues on Saturday. 

TRYLights | Phoenix vs Lichfield.

Doncaster Phoenix edged past Midlands Premier opponents Lichfield with a 42-33 win on Saturday at Castle Park. 

The victory sees the Phoenix hold on to their 5th spot in the division as they picked up maximum points against the Staffordshire side. 

There was a heavy Academy influence on the scoreline as Sam Pocklington, Seva Bulumakau, Sam Jones and James Wright all crossed to score. 

Phoenix are next at Castle Park on December 2nd against Newbold on Avon as part of a double header with the Knights. Keep your eyes on for further details coming soon. 

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Doncaster Knights and Polypipe partnership.

Doncaster based drainage and plastic plumbing manufacturer Polypipe has been a supporting sponsor of Doncaster Knights for many years, and will be continuing its partnership with the club for the 2017 – 2018 season. 
Polypipe’s branding has been extended at Castle Park, featuring on the Knights’ playing shorts and in our leisurewear range, now available to purchase through the club shop
As a business that was born and bred in Doncaster, Polypipe recognises the value and importance in supporting a club so close to the heart of the local community, not to mention to many of the Doncaster Knights fans amongst its staff! Financial Director at Polypipe, Lyndon Wilson, says, ‘Polypipe champions the promotion of local success. Polypipe and Doncaster Knights share a reputation for excellence and we have been delighted to see the club’s achievements on the field whilst we continue to thrive as one of the UK’s leading manufacturers. We’re looking forward to seeing continued success for Polypipe and the Knights in 2018.’
To learn more about Polypipe, visit


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Rugby league star Corey Paterson to trial with Knights

Former Hull KR, Salford & Leigh rugby league star Corey Paterson has linked up with the Knights on a trial basis having left Leigh following the close of the 2017 campaign

The Australian has been at Castle Park today having previously worked with Paul Cooke whilst with Leigh Centurions. Paterson made 21 appearances for the Centurions scoring 18 tries and was made one of two vice-captains for the side in January last year.

Prior to moving to the UK he represented Newcastle Knights, North Queensland Cowboys and Wests Tigers making over 100 appearances in the NRL.

The 30-year-old plays as a second row in the 13-a-side code but Director of Rugby Clive Griffiths believes he could operate in midfield.

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Last gasp score sinks Knights in Richmond

Richmond 26-22 Knights.

The Knights lost out in agonizing fashion at the Athletic Ground having battled back from an early 13-0 deficit.

The defeat was Donny’s first at the The Athletic Ground since the 2012/13 and was particularly tough to take after retaking the lead and holding it until the dying moments.  

In chilly but fine conditions the hosts looked lively from the off and had points on the board with barely a minute played as full back Rob Kirby slotted a penalty when the Knights were penalized for offside.

The hosts continued to make the early running following the penalty, playing with plenty of pace and width. Despite this nothing really materialized in the very early stages until immediately after the Knights first meaningful attack of the game.

A midfield penalty was put to touch in the home 22m by Simon Humberstone and having secured possession the Knights set about the Richmond line. Midfield pairing Lloyd Hayes and Will Owen punched holes up and into the home 5m until the attack was killed by a deliberate knock on from a Hayes pass. Donny went back to the corner and seemed to have rumbled over but the linesman saw a foot in touch. 

Having secured possession, Richmond cleared before winning a turnover in midfield. Fred Gabbitass sent a kick deep for Charlie Foley to chase after and he did well to collect and evade capture to clear to touch. Richmond took the line out quickly and exploited a broken defensive line to spin wide and put winger Martin Freeman away down the right hand side. Rob Kirby converted 10-0.

Kirby made the deficit 13 immediately after as the Knights gave away a penalty from the restart which the full back sent between the sticks.

Thankfully things improved from this point on and Donny began to run with more purpose and quickened up their phase play.

Good work from Aaron Carpenter saw the number eight carry to just outside the home 22m before drawing a penalty which Humberstone put in the corner. A smart catch and drive was illegally dropped inches from the Richmond try line but from short range Colin Quigley barged his way over to score. Humberstone was off the mark with the extras.

Donny really began to look sharp after the try and, with front foot ball, started asking questions of the Richmond defence and it didn’t take long for them to run out of answers. 

From a midfield line out possession was moved in field where Charlie Foley hit a good line to break through from there he accelerated into the Richmond 22m before feeding Tyson Lewis who, at full tilt, would not be stopped. Humberstone’s conversion found the uprights and bounced wide but momentum was back with the Knights.

With under five minutes to go until the break it seemed as if the Knights could well go into the sheds ahead. Unfortunately, two errors deep in their own territory ended in two penalties successfully hit by Kirby to make the half time score 19-10.

If the Knights started the game slowly, no one could accuse them of starting the second in the same vein. 

A series of offloads and wild passes worked in the Knights favour as the disruption brought holes in the home defence and Tyson Lewis very nearly got a second. He was stopped short but from the breakdown following Richmond infringed and the Knights went to the corner. A well taken catch and drive was quickly rumbled over the line with Carpenter claiming the score.

Five minutes later the Knights got their fourth and what a try is was!

A scrum penalty was kicked to touch just inside the home 22m and the Knights played off the top. At full steam Lloyd Hayes hit his line with pin point timing to burst through before evading another and offloading to Tom James. The replacement showed a fantastic turn of foot outstrip the covering defence and score and Humberstone added the extras; 19-22.

True to the meandering nature of the game and credit to Richmond who, instead of being disheartened by the double blow, rallied and the Knights spent what seemed like the next twenty minutes defending. Admittedly most of the territory was in relatively none threatening areas but on a couple of occasions only absolutely stonewall defence prevented the hosts crossing.

With the clock ticking closer and closer to eighty the relentless waves of attack continued and took their toll and there was an air of inevitability when replacement prop Will Goodrick-Clarke crossed in the dying stages. Kirby continued his immaculate display with the boot to make it 26-22 with only a couple of minutes to go.

The Knights made one last attack and Hayes found a breakthrough but unfortunately could not find his support and moments later Dean Richards blew the game to a close.

The challenges don’t get much easier for the Knights who now face Bedford back at Castle Park next weekend.

Richmond; 15) Rob Kirby, 14) Martin Freeman (Rhodri Adamson 67’), 13) Cameron Mitchell, 12) Ronnie McLean, 11) Jordan Simpson-Hefft, 10) Freddie Gabbitass (James Swan 58’), 9) Luc Jones, 1) Jeremy Cunnew (Will Goodrick-Clarke 62’), 2) Ross Grimstone (Jason Phipps 53’), 3) Craig Trenier (Joe Tarrant 53’), 4) Will Warden, 5) Chris Davies, 6) Jesse Liston (Toby Saysell 58’), 7 Jack Allcock, 8) Jake Parker. Replacements: 16) Jason Phipps, 17) Will Goodrick-Clarke, 18) Max Crawford, 19) Rhodri Adamson, 20) James Swan, 21) Toby Saysell, 22) Joe Tarrant.

Tries; Freeman 21’, Goodrick-Clarke 77’

Conv; Kirby 21’, 77’

Pens; Kirby 1’, 24’, 37’, 40’

Knights: 15) Charlie Foley, 14) Andy Bulumakau, 13) Lloyd Hayes, 12) Will Owen, 11) Tyson Lewis, 10) Simon Humberstone (Declan Cusack 77’), 9) Michael Heaney (Tom James, 48’) 1) Owen Evans (Richard List 55’), 2) Ben Hunter (Jack Bergmanas 77’), 3) Colin Quigley (Joe Sproston 64’), 4) Matt Challinor (Tom Hicks 60’), 5) Nick Civetta, 6) Jack Ram, 7) Michael Hills (C), 8) Aaron Carpenter (Alex Shaw 48’).

Replacements: 16) Jack Bergmanas, 17) Richard List, 18) Joe Sproston, 19) Tom Hicks, 20) Alex Shaw, 21) Tom James, 22) Declan Cusack.

Tries; Quigley 28’, Lewis 33’, Evans 45’, James 51’

Conv; Humberstone 51’


Referee: Dean Richards

Attendance: 1,054.

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TEAM NEWS | Returnees boost Knights for Richmond.

The Knights side to face Richmond tomorrow evening has been named and includes a number of players returning from injury and unavailability.

In the backs Charlie Foley and Will Owen are both back fit and straight into the starting line up with Foley at full back and Owen accompanying Lloyd Hayes in midfield for the second time this season.

Andy Bulumakau continues out wide with Tyson Lewis assuming his usual position on the left wing. There is no change at half back where Michael Heaney and Simon Humberstone continue at nine and ten. 

Upfront Owen Evans makes his first Championship start for the club, switching with Richard List who is named on the bench; Ben Hunter and Colin Quigley complete the front row. Falcons loanee Nick Civetta makes his third successive start alongside Matt Challinor at lock.

Having landed back in England last week, Jack Ram goes straight into the starting XV in the back row alongside skipper Michael Hills and Aaron Carpenter who has successfully completed the head injury assessment return to play protocol. 

Jack Bergmanas and Joe Sproston provide further front row cover with Tom Hicks and Alex Shaw also hoping to make an impression from the bench. Dec Cusack and Tom James complete the match day twenty-two as the Knights go after sixth successive win at The Athletic Ground.

Kick off tomorrow is at 19:45 and text commentary will be available on Twitter. 

Knights: 15) Charlie Foley, 14) Andy Bulumakau, 13) Lloyd Hayes, 12) Will Owen, 11) Tyson Lewis, 10) Simon Humberstone, 9) Michael Heaney, 1) Owen Evans, 2) Ben Hunter, 3) Colin Quigley, 4) Matt Challinor, 5) Nick Civetta, 6) Jack Ram, 7) Michael Hills (C), 8) Aaron Carpenter.

Replacements: 16) Jack Bergmanas, 17) Richard List, 18) Joe Sproston, 19) Tom Hicks, 20) Alex Shaw, 21) Tom James, 22) Declan Cusack.


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Wine & dine for £9 | November 18th.

The Knights return to Castle Park this weekend following a three week absence as we welcome Bedford Blues to Donny.

Tickets for the fixture are on sale now and you can purchase yours here as former Knights such as Jarad Williams and Josh Buggea return to Castle Park and the likes of Tom James and Jason Hill look to get one over their former teammates. 

Ahead of the clash we’re offering fans a scandalously low priced winter warming feed as our Wine & Dine for £9 returns. On the menu is a trio of premium beef burgers with chunky chips all served with a glass of red wine, pint of beer or soft drink.

The lunch will be served at 12:30 ahead of a 14:30 kick off and to book your ticket or table please call reception on 01302 831388 (option 5) or email

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John Lionel Parker

The Club regret to announce the death of John Parker who represented DRFC 1st XV through the 50s & 60s. 

We offer our deepest sympathies to his wife Susan, children Rebecca and Jonathan as well as their families and friends.

John was born in Edenthorpe and went to Doncaster Grammar school before doing his national service in the RAF.

He then played rugby for Richmond before returning north and playing for Doncaster from 1956 to 1963 and was considered one of the best scrum halves that Doncaster had ever had.

John’s funeral will take place on November 14th; 11am St Mary’s Church Tickhill then 12:00 at Rose Hill Crematorium before the wake at Castle Park.

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