Academy battle to first league win of the season

The Academy earned their first league win of the season after defeating Durham University 3rd team 40-21 on Wednesday evening.

A try within the first 10 minutes from Matty Drennan after a strong scrum from the forwards set the tone for the home side. Soon after, Tom O’Brien extended the lead, when the Academy superbly stole a line out off the visitors and quickly played the ball wide for the winger to dot down.

Fellow back George Tankard added to the score line after the break, but that was the sign for Durham to begin their fightback. Two converted tries within 15 minutes of the second half showed the Academy they were not going to have it all their own way.

For the first time, the north east city university took the lead after another converted try made the score 19-21 from a turnover on the halfway line.

Although, Tyson Lewis’ side regained the lead within two minutes of going behind with a driving maul try. Which was followed in similar style as the Academy dotted down again and began to dominate with the game reaching into the closing stages.

Drennan then scored his second try of the game, after a good break from Nicholson, to end the game 40-21 to the home side and claim a second consecutive win.

NEW SIGNING | Wian Conradie joins the Knights

Doncaster Knights have secured the services of Wian Conradie until the end of the season.

The flanker represented Namibia at the World Cup, making two appearances for the national side in their games against South Africa and Italy.

The 25-year-old has also been playing for University of Johannesburg, where he has played since 2015.

Conradie is happy to have made the jump aboard and spoke of the influence former Knight and fellow Namibian Lesley Klim had on his decision to sign.

“I’m delighted to have signed with Doncaster Knights for the 2019/20 season and really can’t wait to get started.

Having just recently completed my University Studies and World Cup campaign with Namibia my goal was always to play Professional Rugby at the highest level possible immediately afterwards. Phil Davies (The Namibian Head Coach) and my International teammate, Lesley Klim spoke very highly of the club, the set up and Clive himself which made the decision a little easier.

I know the Championship is a tough league and will be a new challenge for me personally which I’m pretty excited about.

I’m hoping to bring my game and something a little different to the squad moving forward.”

After bolstering the ranks with the addition of the International, Director of Rugby Clive Griffiths said.

“I am delighted to announce the signing of Wian to complete our back row recruitment for this season.

He is a physical, committed player who carries the ball strongly into contact whilst also possessing the trademark skills of a back row forward in the contact area.

He will bring extra versatility and competition to what is an already talented group of back row players.”

Conradie is due to begin training at Castle Park in a couple of weeks ahead of the visit of Ealing Trailfinders on November 16th.

Calling Notice for Chain gang members

There is to be a chain gang members lunch before the Knights face Ealing Trailfinders on November 16th.

For those that have not already got in touch with Chris Biggs and wish to join the lunch call our reception on 01302 831388.

The cost of the lunch is just £16 for two course and will start at 12.30.

You can purchase your tickets for the visit of Ealing here:


DKTV | George Edgson ready for tough battle with Bedford

George Edgson is looking forward to bouncing back to winning ways this weekend against Bedford Blues at Castle Park.

The hooker, who has the ability to play at back row as well, has been training hard as the Knights aim for a third home win this season.

“Yes it is going to be a massive week, whenever you face Bedford and from when I was there myself, it is always a challenge to face them. They can play from anywhere.

They have endless ambition, but we will prepare and focus on ourselves and it’ll be a good encounter on Saturday.

They are a threat all over the field, will put the ball through the hands and play from anywhere and their forward pack have been going quite well this year.”

The 23-year-old reviewed the fixture with Jersey and was frustrated the Knights didn’t put the points on the board they deserved.

“I think we were unlucky not to come away with any points from the first 30, but i think that was down to our decision making. It was also frustrating as we had spoken about putting things right after the defeat to Pirates and I don’t think we did that on Friday in Jersey.”

The Rugby World Cup final will be on show in the Armspark suite as England take on South Africa with George looking forward to the weekend.

“Saturday is massively exciting, it is a great opportunity to come to Castle Park and give it a watch, but it’ll be a bit of added motivation if we get the win in the morning and then go on to play in the afternoon.”

Phoenix Report | “Best performance of the season” praises Kendo

Doncaster Phoenix earned an impressive away 31-35 win over Broadstreet to lift them to tenth in the Midlands Premier Division last weekend.

The side showed their fighting spirit once again as they come from behind to lead at the interval 10-13. An attitude Kendo was delighted with at half-time.

“We did very well to be leading at the break, Broadstreet are a good side, we showed a great team spirit to come from behind again and have a narrow, but important lead at half time.”

Phoenix then added three tries after the restart and looked to be sailing to a victory, but the home side fought back to make it 31-32 in the latter stages of the game. However, Will Burden slotted away a penalty to seal the win. A result and performance that Kendo hailed at the final whistle.

“It was the best performance of the season, the forwards were impressive and the backs equally so. We built on the good display from the previous game and have really grown in confidence with this result.

It gives us the chance to look up the table now rather than down and hopefully we can carry on the good form when we face Bromsgrove.”

Academy Focus | Coach Matt Challinor pleased with attitude in cup win

Academy Coach Matt Challinor believes his side can continue on their good form tonight in the BUCS Northern 1A fixture with Durham University.

The 34-year-old is aware the Academy has plenty to improve on, but is confident they can earn a second consecutive victory.

“There is still a lot of miles left in this team. Performance wise we are not at our peak yet, but we are confident the effort that the team puts in and somebody is going to get on the end of a big score.”

The Doncaster lock was pleased with the attitude of his side in the 25-17 cup win over Birmingham last week.

“Really happy for the lads, we made it difficult for ourselves and didn’t get off to the best start, but we showed a lot of character in the second half.

We could have let the pressure get to us, but we came out fighting and it was a really sweet win in the end.

We didn’t have it all our own way, the start was disappointing, but we showed character and guts to put it right in the second half.”

You can support the Academy tonight at Castle Park (6.30pm KO) as they take on Durham 3rds, who have won twice this season already, in an important league fixture for the home side.

Watch England in the World Cup final at Castle Park this Saturday

You can cheer on England in the RWC Final at Castle Park this Saturday.

The Armspark suite will be open from 8.30am with the big screen showing the game as England take on South Africa. New speakers have also been put in place for the final.

There will be bacon or sausage sandwiches and a pint on offer for a just £5! As well tea or coffee and free car parking on the Woodside pitch will also be available until 9am.

Fans will need a ticket or season ticket for the Doncaster fixture with Bedford Blues to gain entry to the Lansdowne suite. This will be refundable if you don’t wish to support the Knights after England have hopefully lifted the World Cup!

Tickets are available here – or by calling reception on 01302 831388.

Tables of 12 can be reserved for just £20 by emailing by 4pm on Friday.

Places in the Knights of the Roundy table are still available which gets underway at 12 noon and costs £16.



Oli Law Security Law sponsor the Knights for this season

The club are pleased to announce that Oliver Law Security will continue as a part of the Knights’ commercial network for the 2019/20 season.

Commercial Manager Michael Casey was delighted the company will remain a sponsor of the club.

“Oliver Law Security [OLS] have been Club sponsors for several years now and I am delighted this will continue into 2020. Ollie & Claire are regulars at Castle Park, not only to watch the rugby but to support their daughter in the cheerleaders & are very supportive on community sport & activity.

I am looking forward to working together with OLS this season and building on a mutually productive partnership.”

While Managing Director Ollie Law said, “We have been a continued sponsor for Doncaster Knights and are regulars at Castle Park. Rugby is a passion of ours of which we enjoy with our family and we look forward to cheering the team on from the side lines again this season.”

The sponsors have worked for a number of years in the security systems industry, with Oliver Law founding OLS in 2009 with the aim of providing high quality, reliable and professional security services for a wide range of commercial and industrial establishments.

OLS offer a range of security system services including Access Control, IP CCTV installations, ANPR and integrated systems. As industry experts, they identify the requirements of individual clients and provide a tailored solution to each.

For more information go to their website –

First KORT lunch on the 2nd November

The Knights of The Roundy Tables were not idle during the summer break from Castle Park and now have three pre-match meals coming this season.

They have crusaded to countries far and wide to spread the word of Doncaster Knights. Some travelled to the Maltese islands to learn more about the Knights of St John and their influence on the Mediterranean.

They have met on pastures green challenging each other to hit a small spherical object into a very small hole, and whist doing so have discussed a programme suitable for any Doncaster supporter to attend.

This programme is as follows, and will be a pre-match lunch in the Woodside suite:-

2nd November 2019                        Knights  v  Bedford

18th January 2020                            Knights  v  Nottingham

14th March 2020                              Knights  v  Coventry


The KORT pledges to entertain the guests that attend these lunches with poetry, song and humour, whilst at the same time raising money for sponsorship and charity.

Last season the KORT sponsored Richard List and gave £300 to the charity Firefly.

Put these dates in your diary now such that you will have no regrets when the day has passed and you missed it.

To book on the pre-match meal simply call 01302 831388!

Jersey Post Match Reaction | Steve Boden

The Knights suffered a tough 27-0 defeat to a clinical Jersey Reds side on Friday evening.

Despite being the better side in the first half, Doncaster were still behind at the interval, which soon turned into a victory for the Channel Islanders after they scored three second half tries.

Assistant Coach Steve Boden was left frustrated at the final whistle, after Donny had performed well in the first half.

“We knew we were going to be in a bit of trouble at half-time, when we had a lot of possession, a lot of field position and opportunities and we did not take them. We ended up being 8-0 down against the run of play and yet again there were errors at the scrum, I will look at myself in that.

We had opportunities in the second half as well. They capitalised on the chances we gave them and after that we couldn’t catch them and the best side won.”

Even though the Knights should’ve been ahead at the break, Steve was aware they were not clinical enough.

“We did dominate the field position and the possession, but you have to do something with the ball. You have to find a way to score and we were definitely frustrated at half-time, we were aggrieved to go in at 8-0 down. However, at the end of the day they were clinical and that was the story of the game.”

Next week the Knights face Bedford Blues at Castle Park with Steve aware the side must train intensely during the week in order to bounce back to winning ways.

“We have to look at ourselves, again we will work hard and push forwards in the week, we have to look at what we are doing during the week, both players and coaches. There is no need to panic and we will just to continue to work hard.”

Knights left frustrated by Jersey defeat

The Knights were on the end of a clinical second half performance from Jersey Reds as they lost 27-0 on the Channel Island.

Despite a dominant first half from the visitors, it was the home side that went into the interval ahead before extending their lead further in the second half.

Doncaster started the game in fifth gear and should’ve had a score in the opening five minutes. Some quick hands allowed Cameron Cowell, on his first start this season since recovering from an ankle injury, space to drive into the Jersey half, the full-back then offloaded to Tyson Lewis; the winger sprinted to within five metres of the try line, but was denied by a superb Will Homer tackle.

The Knights continued to attack and were camped inside the Jersey half and were given a further advantage when Josh Bainbridge was shown a yellow card for repeated infringements. However, the game was soon levelled out, when Ollie Stedman was harshly also given a yellow for an alleged high tackle.

Donny were still dominate and had a number of line outs in the Channel Islanders 22, but couldn’t put any points on the board for which their efforts deserved.

In the 38th minute, after Jersey’s first meaningful attack, the home side scored through Bainbridge from close range. Brendan Cope missed the conversion, but soon made up for that with a penalty in the latter stages of the half to hand an 8-0 lead to the Reds.

Doncaster started the second half positively, but once again couldn’t get the all important first try of the half. Jersey capitalised on a couple of defensive errors and scored through Jack Macfarlane from a driving maul. This time Cope scored his conversion to give a 15-0 lead to the Reds.

The Channel Islanders were firmly in control of the game as the midway stage of the second half went by. Tom James went the closest to creating a chance for the visitors, when he made a break past the 10m line, but with little support the scrum-half was soon tackled and the danger squashed.

Harvey Biljon’s side then took an even further dominance of the game when Morgan Eames and Joe Sproston were shown a yellow card apiece within the space of three minutes. An advantage they soon took with two quick fire tries in the last 15 minutes.

The Knights battled to the end, but couldn’t put any points on the board for their efforts and leave the Channel Islands with a 27-0 defeat.


Knights XV: 15. Cowell 14. Evans 13. Lucock(40’Hayes) 12. Foley 11. Lewis 10. Olver(63’McPhillips) 9. James(72’Pocklington) 1. Thomas(44’Hislop) 2. Hunter(68’Holling) 3. Quigley(44’Foster) 4. Eames 5. Birch 6. Edgson 7. Hills (c) (63’Calladine) 8. Stedman(68’Sproston)

Replacements: 16. Holling 17. Hislop 18. Foster 19. Calladine 20. Sproston 21. Pocklington 22. McPhillips 23. Hayes

Yellow card: Stedman, Eames, Sproston

Jersey Reds XV: 15. Dyer 14. Stapley 13. Spencer 12. Best 11. Slowik 10. Cope 9. Homer 1. Morley 2. Macfarlane 3. Clarey 4. Beckett 5. Hatherell 6. Upfield 7. Bainbridge © 8. Venter

Replacements: 16. Harris 17. Godfrey 18. Alexis 19. Bartle 20. Argyle 21. Jones 22. Penberthy 23. Newey

Tries: Bainbridge, Macfarlane 2, Stapley

Conversions: Cope 2

Penalties: Cope

Yellow card: Bainbridge