Knights produce spirited display in Carnegie defeat

Doncaster were left frustrated after a undeserving narrow 22-30 defeat to Yorkshire Carnegie in the Championship today.

The Knights had a 22-20 lead with 10 minutes left, but couldn’t hold out for a deserving victory after an spirited performance throughout. 

The first half started in a impressive fashion for the Knights with a firm defence the backbone for the side to push up the field and eventually the score came. Rory Pitman earning Doncaster the lead from a driving maul from a line out. Tongan International Kurt Morath converted to make the score line 8-0 after 20 minutes.

Carnegie replied instantly with two quickfire tries. A first after a good break and offload allowing Dan Temm to slide over, that was followed by JB Bruzlier dotting down to give the visitors a 7-12 lead after a conversion.

Doncaster showed their spirit with a roaring crowd behind them and began to increase their intensity. After some good passing from right to left, Paul Jarvis found space and came within inches of the try line. Oliver Stedman was there in support though and picked the ball up to drive over and made the score even. Morath missed his conversion in a blistering windy day at Castle Park.

The away side looked again for a quick reply, but the Knights held firm until a penalty was given for offside just minutes before half-time allowing Carnegie a 12-15 lead at the interval.

However, it was Doncaster that took the ascendancy in the second half pushing Carnegie deep into their half with a couple of turnovers and line outs.

Paul Jarvis was replaced by Henry Seniloli just minutes in the second half, the Fijian International showing his worth almost immediately. After a driving maul Rory Pitman passed to Tom James, who saw Seniloli in acres in the left corner. The scrum-half dotted down for his first try of the season, whie Morath converted to give the Knights the lead.

Doncaster continued to show their dominance of the second half as Morath scored a penalty to extend our lead after 58 minutes.

That woke Yorkshire up as they began to take the match to the Knights. A grubber kick from Jade Te Rure bounced favourably for Davey, who kicked it again over the try line and then slide over to narrow Doncaster’s lead to 22-20.

With the match finally balanced the next try would be vital and unfortunately it went in the favour of the visitors. Carnegie’s Chris Elder found a gap outside the Knights’ 22 and broke away to give his side the lead.

Elder extended that lead to 22-30 after 71 minutes with a penalty, turning the match in Carnegie’s favour.

Doncaster pushed on late and were camped in the Yorkshire 22 in the last encounters, but couldn’t grasp the try and points that their performance deserved.

Starting XV: 15. Cowell 14. Wilson 13. Creed 12. Owen 11. Jarvis(47’Seniloli) 10. Morath(62’Olver) 9. James 1. Hislop 2. Hunter(58’Mayhew) 3. Quigley(62’Sproston) 4. Challinor(77’Calladine) 5. Tyrell 6. Stedman 7. Hills © 8. Pitman(62’Ryan)

Replacements: 16. Mayhew 17. Williams 18. Sproston 19. Calladine 20. Ryan 21. Seniloli 22. Olver

Tries: Pitman, Stedman, Seniloli Conversions: Morath 2 Penalties: Morath 

Carnegie XV: 15. Throughgood 14. Elder 13. Forsyth 12. Lucock (c) 11. Watkins 10. Te Rure 9. Bruzulier 1. Thomas 2. Buckle 3. Foster 4. Lemalu 5. Smith 6. Romaine 7. Bainbridge 8. Temm

 Replacements: 16. Dylan Donnellan 17. Tom Hill 18. Craig Mitchell 19. Lewis Wilson 20. Rich Mayhew 21. Sam Wolstenholme 22. Harry Davey

Tries: Temm, Bruzilier, Davey, Elder Conversions: Elder 2 Penalties: Elder 2 

Attendance: 2006

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Lasha aiming for debut in Coventry game

Lasha Lomidze signed for the Knights last week and is hoping for more game time with the Knights during the remainder of the season.

The Georgian International has previously played for London Irish as well clubs in France, Russia and Georgia.

Lasha has joined from Aurillac, a Division 2 Georgian side and the second row was pleased to join Doncaster and is hopeful to get his debut against Coventry on 12th January.

“I am excited and happy to join the club and want to play as much as possible, I will hopefully feature against Coventry and get my debut.

I joined because it is a good club with good players and I hope to help the team push up the table.”

Forwards Coach Glen Kenworthy was happy to add further competition to the squad with the Georgian able to play number 8 as well.

“He is an experienced International that adds depth to the squad, not only that he brings some versatility in that he can play number 8 as well. It will take him a couple of weeks to settle in coming from Georgia, but we are looking forward to getting him at Castle Park.”

 

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Sam Olver attracted by history and support base of the club in joining the Knights

Latest addition Sam Olver is pleased with the Knights’ coaches faith in him after the fly-half featured in the second half of Saturday’s loss to Yorkshire Carnegie.

The former Worcester Warriors back was attracted to join by the great history and support base of the club.

“I spoke to Clive and his ideas he has for the team, it is a big club with a great history that attracts a lot of fans in the championship, it was an exciting prospect for me to join and play some rugby.”

The 24-year-old was keen to help push the Knights up the table with a victory against Coventry on the 12th January.

“I want to try push the side up the league as high as possible, we’re lower than we want to be at the moment, so I’d like to personally come in and hopefully make a difference to the team.

I am fortunate to have been in the squad for Saturday’s match, it shows the backing of the coaches to trust me, I am looking forward to getting out here at Castle Park as many times at possible and playing for Doncaster.”

Sam had a spell at Castle Park on loan from Northampton Saints earlier in his career, which helped persuade his move.

“There are a few familiar faces from when I was here last and that makes the transition a bit easier when arriving from a different club.”

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Three changes for Carnegie clash

The Knights welcome rivals Yorkshire Carnegie to Castle Park tomorrow as both sides return to Championship action for the first time in six weeks.

Our opposition enter the match after claiming top position in Group A of the Championship Cup. Carnegie have also won their last four matches after strengthening their squad with several new additions over the last few weeks.

Doncaster exited the cup after a narrow defeat to Nottingham and are looking to bounce back to winning ways this weekend.

The starting line up for tomorrow’s Championship match has just three changes to the side that lost last time out at Castle Park. Ollie Stedman has recovered from an eye injury to make his return against his former club. Elliott Creed enters the team at centre for his 10th appearance since joining in the summer.

Tongan International Kurt Morath also returns from injury and is set to make his first appearance for the Knights since our last league win away at London Scottish in late October.

New addition Sam Olver makes the squad after impressing in training this week with the Knights.

Starting XV: 15. Cowell 14. Wilson 13. Creed 12. Owen 11. Jarvis 10. Morath 9. James 1. Hislop 2. Hunter 3. Quigley 4. Challinor 5. Tyrell 6. Stedman 7. Hills © 8. Pitman

Replacements: 16. Mayhew 17. Williams 18. Sproston 19. Calladine 20. Ryan 21. Seniloli 22. Olver

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Former Saints and Warriors Fly-half joins Doncaster

Sam Olver has joined the Knights on loan until the end of the season from Ealing Trailfinders.

The fly-half signed for Ealing in the summer from Worcester Warriors, where he featured 14 times, scoring 61 points.

The 24 year-old has represented England at under 18s and 20s level and the youngster played in four tests for the England U20s during their 2014 Six Nations Championship.

Sam started his professional rugby career at Premiership side Northampton Saints where he earned a professional contract at Franklin’s Gardens in March 2013 and helped Northampton Wanderers to three Aviva A League finals in four seasons, whilst also making 14 first team appearances.  

At Ealing he made four appearances, three coming in the GK IPA Championship. 

DoR Clive Griffiths was delighted to get the fly-half into the Doncaster squad. “Sam has been here before and is an impressive player with a vast amount of experience for his age. His previous Premeirship clubs of Northampton Saints and Worcester Warriors show he has a good pedigree and will make a great addition to the squad.”

Become a member of the club for the rest of the season by signing up for just £50 and receive a loyalty card along with other benefits. Find out more at https://tinyurl.com/yao9h7ow or call 01302 831388. 

 

 

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Georgian International signs for the Knights

The Knights have strengthened their squad ahead of returning to Championship action against Yorkshire Carnegie on Saturday with the latest addition of Lasha Lomidze. 

The Georgian International has a wealth of experience across Europe, having played in England, France, Russia and Georgia.

Lasha who can play at either lock, blindside flanker or No. 8, has played 46 times for Georgia including appearances at the 2015 World Cup where eventual winners New Zealand were their opponents in Pool C.

Born in Tiblisi, Lasha began his career at French TOP 14 side Montpellier in 2012 where he spent two seasons before making the move to Beziers. A move to play in Russia materialised in early 2017, before joining London Irish in the Premiership last season.

The 26-year-old most recently played for Division 2 Georgian side Aurillac RFC and is in contention to be the squad for Saturday’s game against Yorkshire Carnegie.   

Director of Rugby Clive Griffiths was pleased to add the 6’5 lock to the Knights squad. “Lasha is a great signing for the club and an experienced International for Georgia, who are one of the most progressive nationals teams in the world. With injuries in the side, we needed to make a good addition and Lasha is just that.”

Become a member of the club for the rest of the season by signing up for just £50 and receive a loyalty card along with other benefits. Find out more at https://tinyurl.com/yao9h7ow or call 01302 831388. 

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Car Parking for Carnegie Clash

 If you’re coming to Castle Park on Saturday for our Championship cup clash with Yorkshire Carnegie then you can park at Danum lower school. 

In partnership with the school on Leger way, Knights fans can park at the school for just £3! 

The Danum Lower site is situated on Leger way 100m past Heatherwood school & the post code is DN2 6HQ. 

Supporters can park from 10.45am as we welcome Championship rugby back to Castle Park for the first time in six weeks.

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DKTV | Nottingham Match Highlights

Doncaster exited the Championship Cup after a narrow 14-19 defeat to Nottingham at Castle Park.

The Knights produced a second half fightback, but it wasn’t enough to claim the victory.

You can watch more highlights, interviews and post match reaction by subscribing to our DKTV YouTube Channel!

DKTV | Sam Jones happy with his first year as a Knight

 

Knights teenager Sam Jones has enjoyed his first year as a professional player for Doncaster.

Sam signed his first full time contract in the summer after a number of impressive performances last season and featured for the Academy and Doncaster Phoenix as well.

The flanker has continued to shine this campaign after coming back from an injury suffered during pre-season. 

Knights’ Christmas message

 

 Doncaster players wish all supporters a very merry christmas and hope to see you at Castle Park on the 29th December.

The Knights welcome Yorkshire Carnegie to Castle Park in a post Christmas Championship clash on Saturday with a 2.15pm kick off.

Tickets are available at https://drfc.cloudvenue.co.uk/home.

A family ticket (2 adults & 2 children) has been reduced to just £29 for our match with Carnegie.

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