Two try Tyrell the hero in Doncaster’s dramatic win

The Knights earned a dramatic 28-21 victory after a pulsating final few minutes that saw a drop goal from London Scottish charged down before Josh Tyrell powered over for the match winning try for Doncaster on the counter attack.

The home side started the better side with their foot firmly on the throttle in the opening 15 minutes. Ben Hunter bounced off three tackles as the intensity was set by the Knights. Soon after the visitors went down to 14 men after a high tackle from Jared Saunders. The Doncaster pressure was rewarded with a try from Ollie Stedman after only three minutes. The flanker drove over from close range, which was converted by Dougie Flockhart for an early 7-0 lead.

The Knights continued to attack with purpose and fluency, however that faded after the quarter of an hour mark.

Scottish began to defend with more aggressive, which in turn set the platform for their attack and soon levelled the scoreline after an impressive break from Tom Griffiths, the centre offloaded to Ed Hoadley in the Knights’ 22, who dotted down under pressure from Paul Jarvis. Rory Jennings converted from the right side of the goal on the 10m line.

The game turned into a scrappy affair as neither side could swing the balance in their favour with both sides knocking the ball on and giving away penalties.

Although, it was the visitors that added to the scoreboard again with a try on 36 minutes, after the Scottish pressure in the Doncaster 22 prevailed when Charlie Ingall collected the pass on the full with his momentum taking him over the try line. Jennings converted to give the away side the lead going into half-time.

The second half was dominated by the Knights and they nearly got off to the perfect start when Flockhart was offloaded the ball by Cameron Cowell in the Scottish 22. The winger dived over the try line, but was tackled in mid-air and judged to have been dragged into touch.

However, the pressure continued, and new signing Jack Roberts powered over from close range after a superb drive from Josh Tyrell. Flockhart again converted to level the scoreline.

After that try the game began to go back and forth in terms of the attack. Both sides started to up their ascendancy as the importance of the result was clear to see with mistakes evitable with the amount of pressure on the result.

On 67 minutes, it was the Knights that struck again. Josh Tyrell stretched over after Ollie Stedman had carried the ball superbly to within close range of the London Scottish try line. Flockhart converted again to earn a 19-14 narrow lead to the home side.

The visitors replied instantly as they began to turn the balance of the game in their favour and after several phases in the Doncaster 22, Rob Stephenson squeezing over to level the score, once Jennings had converted.

Clive Griffiths’ side twisted the momentum in their favour once again though and must’ve felt like the victory was theirs when the forwards won a scrum penalty on the Scottish 22. However, in dramatic fashion Dougie Flockhart kicked wide with the clock on 77 minutes.

Scottish took the game back to the Knights and tried their luck with a drop goal from Jennings midway inside the Doncaster half, however Ollie Stedman blocked the attempt, advanced forward with ball bouncing, only for it to fall unfavourably for the flanker to be able to catch.

That didn’t halt the attack though and the Knights, roared on by the crowd, passed the ball from right to left with intensity as they pushed forwards into the Scottish 22; after a number of pick and goes with the clock seconds away from full time it was Josh Tyrell that charged over from close range again to earn Doncaster the all-important five point victory that was secured when Flockhart converted with the last kick of the game.

 

 Doncaster Knights: 15. Cowell 14. Flockhart 13. Roberts 12. Clark 11. Jarvis 10. Olver(62’Morath) 9. James 1. Hislop(71’List) 2. Hunter(71’Mayhew) 3. Beech(72’Sproston) 4. Civetta 5. Hicks(55’Challinor) 6. Stedman 7. Hills(55’Burrows) 8. Tyrell

Replacements: 16. Mayhew 17. List 18. Sproston 19. Challinor 20. Burrows 21. Polataivao 22. Morath

Tries: Tyrell 2, Roberts, Stedman Conversions: Flockhart 4

London Scottish: 1. Harris(52’Brodley) 2. Saunders 3. Palframan(20’Cringle) 4. Hodge(71’Wakeling) 5. Vukasinovic 6. Uanivi(7’Adams) 7. Tyas 8. Bright (c) 9. Hoadley(19’Barton) 10. Jennings 11. Beattie 12. Vernon 13. Griffiths 14. Stevenson 15. Ingall

Replacements: 16. Adams(18’Uanivi) 17. Brodley 18. Cringle 19. Wakeling 20. Barton(75’Hart) 21. Hart 22. Mantella

Tries: Stephenson 2, Ingall Conversions: Jennings 3

Yellow Card: Saunders

Attendance: 1309

 

DKTV | Tyson Lewis: ‘I am massively delighted for the academy boys.’

Academy Head Coach Tyson Lewis is delighted with the performances of the players after they secured a league and cup double for the second consecutive season.

“I am massively delighted, they have put the hard work in over the last 30 or so weeks since pre-season, they set their stall out early on that they wanted to win the league and back up what they achieved last year and they have done that.”

The academy domestic season is now over and Tyson is looking forward to continuing the growth next season.

“Our aim is always to grow the academy, we want to play in the highest leagues possibly in the BUCS system and we have a couple of games coming up to see where we are at regarding that in the coming weeks so the boys are excited for that and hopefully we add a few boys for next season.”

The stars of the future are next in action as they travel to face Hull University 1st team in a match on Wednesday 3rd April to gauge whether the academy will rise up the BUCS leagues.

After that game, the Knights in partnership with Doncaster College academy will face a unique opposition at Castle Park in the form of Russian side Krasny Yar Krasnoyarsk on the 22nd April.

Doncaster make five changes for Scottish clash

The Knights have made five changes to the starting side for the visit of London Scottish to Castle Park tomorrow.

Cameron Cowell, Dougie Flockhart, Sam Olver and Tom James return to the starting line-up, while new signing Jack Roberts is set to make his debut.

Clive Griffiths’ latest addition to the squad in the form of Newcastle Falcon loanee Ryan Burrows is named amongst the replacements with both Matt Challinor and Mike Mayhew making the bench on their return to the squad.

South Sea Islanders pair Kurt Morath and Dwayne Polataivao drop to the bench after starting in last weeks defeat to London Irish.

Rory Pitman misses out with a shoulder injury as the Welshman continues his recovery. Wingers Curtis Wilson (HIA) and Tyson Lewis also fall foul of injuries sustained in the game against the league leaders, while Colin Quigley remains side-lined with a hamstring problem.

London Scottish enter the game on the back of a 42-20 defeat to in-form Yorkshire Carnegie, however, did pick up a narrow victory against Coventry in the previous match at the Athletic ground.

The Scots are on the same points as the Knights in the Championship table, although Doncaster have a superior points difference. Dave Morris’ side visit Castle Park with four wins in 2019, again the same number as the Knights have managed. 

Last time out, the Knights produced their best attacking display of the season away at the Athletic Ground, as Clive Griffiths’ side came away with a 36-20 win.

Starting XV: 15. Cowell 14. Flockhart 13. Roberts 12. Clark 11. Jarvis 10. Olver 9. James 1. Hislop 2. Hunter 3. Beech 4. Civetta 5. Hicks 6. Stedman 7. Hills 8. Tyrell

Replacements: 16. Mayhew 17. List 18. Sproston 19. Challinor 20. Burrows 21. Polataivao 22. Morath

 

Ollie Stedman voted Twitter Fans MOTM v London Irish

Supporters on Twitter have voted Ollie Stedman as man of the match for his impressive performance against London Irish last Saturday.

The Knights were on the end of a 49-12 defeat, despite keeping the league leaders scoreless for the opening 20 minutes.

The 27-year-old played as a flanker at the Madejski Stadium and made nine carries, five tackles, three tacklebreaks and scored his seventh try of the season for Doncaster and won 33% of the vote ahead of Mat Clark, Tyson Lewis and Ben Hunter.

You can watch the Knights in action again tomorrow as they return to Castle Park to face London Scottish.

 

Academy star Sam achieves ‘boyhood dream’ with first pro contract

Sam Pocklington has earned his first full-time professional contract with the Knights after an impressive season in the academy, describing the deal as a ‘boyhood dream.’

Scrum-half Sam featured in pre-season and has already trained with the Knights’ first team on a regular basis.

The 20-year-old made his debut in Doncaster colours in a friendly against Sale Sharks at the end of August, as well as coming on for the closing stages in the Championship cup clash with Yorkshire Carnegie and has featured heavily for the academy and Doncaster Phoenix sides.

The youngster had an notable season last campaign as well that was filled with many a success. The scrum-half played for Yorkshire U20s, reached the Yorkshire Cup final, won the university BUCS league with Doncaster College and was named Players’ Player of the year by the Academy. 

While this season, he has already won a BUCS cup and secured the double with the league being sealed after a victory over Hull University last week. 

Sam was over the moon to have put pen to paper on a one-year-deal.

“It is a boyhood dream as I have been working with the academy now for two years and after going through the great pathway here, playing with Phoenix and the academy, it shows that it works.

This possibly could be my best season yet with winning the BUCS cup and league, not only that I am winning games with Phoenix who are going well at the moment and the contract is the icing on the cake really.”

Sam is aware of the challenge ahead though to make sure he gets game time for the Knights.

“I know it’ll be tough both physically and mentally as it will be my first season as a professional rugby player, but I am really looking forward to it.

My ambition is to hopefully get as much game time as possible and show Clive and the rest of the players what I can bring to the team.”

Director of Rugby Clive Griffiths was delighted to offer Sam the chance to develop further at Castle Park.

“To continue the academy pathway I am delighted with the recruitment of Sam, who follows in the footsteps of Sam Jones in following the route from the various sections of rugby of the Phoenix and Academy sides into the Doncaster first team.

Sam is the ideal player to work alongside Tom James and learn the ropes next year with a view to the years to come and I believe he has a long and successful career with the Knights.”

FREE Parking at Danum Lower School for Scottish clash

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

Doncaster are level on points with their opponents with magnitude of the game clearly obvious for both sides with the closing stages of the season just around the corner.

In partnership with the school on Leger way, Doncaster fans can park at the school for FREE!

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

Kick off is 14:30pm, while the Doncaster Phoenix side are also in action at 5pm after the Knights on the main pitch. 

DKTV | Dwayne Polataivao: London Irish review

Dwayne Polataivao started his first game for the Knights as they faced London Irish in front of just over 10,000 fans at the Madesjki Stadium.

The scrum-half was pleased with his performance but remains concentrated on improving on his errors as he prepares for the visit of London Scottish to Castle Park on Saturday.

“It was very exciting and an awesome occasion with a big crowd, we knew what to expect from them and we prepared for that.

I was pleased with how I played despite a couple of errors but I’ve had this week to work on that and hopefully I’ll play well this weekend if I am selected.”

London Scottish are level on points with the Knights in the Championship and Dwayne is expecting a close content with a lot at stake for both sides.

“They are a good ball carriers like most Championship sides, we know their threats in the forward pack, especially their number 8 and 12 we are expecting them to attack down our channels, so we have to front up and play some expansive rugby.”

 

DKTV | Nick Civetta: London Scottish game is a must win

Nick Civetta returned from International duty with the USA earlier this month and featured for the first time since January for the Knights against London Irish. 

Nick reviewed the game and was pleased with some aspects of the Doncaster performance.

“There were definitely some good things from us in the match, obviously they have a lot of class in their back line but there some things we were pleased about.”

This weekend the Knights face London Scottish in the first of three home games as the season draws to an end.

“It is a huge advantage to play here, we play good rugby here, the home crowd helps us out a lot.

This weekend is a must win, I think the next four games are all must win matches for us and we want to put in a good performance this week, down at their place we beat Scottish so I am sure they’ll be coming for us up here.”

DKTV | Knights Highlights v London Irish

The Knights suffered a 49-12 defeat to league leaders London Irish in round 18 of the Championship.

The away side started in a determined fashion and held the hosts scoreless for the opening 20 minutes, however the Exiles eventually scored three tries in the first half. While Doncaster replied through Charlie Beech, as the forward barged over from close range.

In the second half, the former Premiership outfit showed their dominance and dotted down a further four times with Ollie Stedman scoring his seventh try of the season in the closing stages. 

Club Statement | Bob Kelly

The club regret to announce the passing of member Bob Kelly.

Bob’s funeral will take place at the church of St Thomas of Canterbury Church Kirk Sandall at 12.30pm on Tuesday 2nd April.

This will be followed by a committal at Rose Hill Crematorium at 2.20pm and thereafter to Castle Park from 3.00pm to celebrate the life of Bob. 

The family have asked for no flowers, but instead for donations to be made to St Thomas of Canterbury Church in Kirk Sandall.

We pass our best wishes and condolences to Bob’s family.