Steve McColl believes the Knights were unlucky not to win at Jersey

The Knights produced a hard working performance at the Stade Santander International today as they dominated large periods of the game, but left the Channel Islands with a 27-19 defeat.

Steve McColl felt that Doncaster were unfortunate not to come away with any points after a battling performance.

“The final score was definitely harsh on the lads, for us to come out and put a battling performance like that it showed a lot, we are pretty gutted if only a couple of bounces had gone our way it would have been a different story.

The result is hurting, i feel we deserved the victory we just didn’t have much luck in our favour.”

The full-back spoke after the game that the Knights were not far off turning the results around.

“We talked after the game we are playing the right way in the right areas and the rugby we played was on the whole good, it is literally just sometimes that bounce of the ball or the final pass or the last catch that needs to go in our favour.

When the ball is on the floor it is just luck wherever it bounces, but today they got the bounces in their favour and the kicks through worked well for them.”

Doncaster are next in action at Castle Park against Newcastle Falcons on December 7th with Steve still hopeful of gaining qualification for the knockout stages.

“We are still confident, obviously it is Newcastle up next, a big challenge next week. Although we will take pride that we have been playing well at home, our last game against Ealing again we were unlucky, another game we felt were hard done by to not get anything out of and left a lot on the field.

As a team though, we are taking steps forward, particularly because we are doing it hard at the moment with injuries. The boys coming in are filling in well and playing well and that is pleasing to see. Once the bounce of the ball goes in our favour the results will soon change.”

Valiant Donny defeated by Jersey in cup contest

Match sponsored by Clarks Vehicle Conversions .

The Knights dotted down three times, but were defeated 27-17 by a clinical Jersey Reds side this afternoon in the Championship Cup.

Against the run of play, the home side scored twice in the first half to put Doncaster on the back foot in a game that the visitors produced a valiant performance throughout.

The first try of the game went the home sides way in the 21st minute. After Jersey’s first real period of the pressure, they were clinical in their play and drove over from a good line out with TJ Harris the scorer.

Doncaster rallied back and had a handful of opportunities to bounce back, but couldn’t make the most of them. The visitors were then given an advantage when Max Argyle was shown a yellow card for pulling the maul down in the 29th minute.

Along with the extra man and a renewed intensity after going behind, the Knights got back level through Matt Challinor. The lock driving over from close range on his return to the side, with Sam Olver slotting away the conversion to earn the visitors the lead.

The home side were then the side to end the half in the ascendancy as Alex Morgan broke away from inside his own half after finding a gap in the Doncaster defence. Brendan Cope missed the conversion, but the Channel Islanders took a 10-7 lead into the break, much to the frustration of the Knights.

After the restart, the home side put the first points on the board with a Cope penalty. However, that didn’t halt the Knights’ battling display as they began to dominate the game. Those efforts were soon rewarded when Gus Warr broke away from a driving maul in the Jersey 22 and dotted down. Olver converted to make the score 13-12.

That renewed the Doncaster efforts as Charlie Foley made a superb break into the Jersey half, offloaded to Steve McColl, but the full-back couldn’t stretch away as he entered the 22 and tried to pass to a supporting Warr only for the Reds to recover the ball.

The next try was always going to be important, whichever way it went and unfortunately it was scored by the home side; much against the run of play. McColl was stripped of the ball in his 22; it was then quickly played wide allowing Brendan Owen scored with ease in the corner. Cope converted to earn a 20-12 lead for the home side.

Cope then added a try to his tally for the afternoon after catching the ball after a suspected knock on from a line out in the Donny 22. The fly-half converting as well to extend their clinical lead.

Despite the score line, the Knights continued to rally and put the last points on the board. Replacement Joe Sproston drove over from close range after a number of pick and goes and score a deserved third try for the visitors.

Although it wasn’t enough to secure any points for Clive Griffiths’ side, who once again dominated a lot of the game at the Stade Santander International, but were undone by a clinical Jersey outfit.

KNIGHTS XV:

  1. Steve McColl 14. Howard Packman 13. Lloyd Hayes 12. Charlie Foley(75’Burden) 11. Curtis Wilson 10. Sam Olver 9. Gus Warr(76’Pocklington) 1. Marc Thomas(61’Hislop 2. George Edgson 3. Andy Foster(56’Suter) 4. Matt Challinor 5. Morgan Eames 6. Wian Conradie 7. Michael Hills © 8. Sam Moore(56’Sproston)

Replacements: 16. Ben Hunter 17. Robin Hislop 18. Dan Suter 19. Joe Sproston 20. Will Holling 21. Sam Pocklington 22. Kyle Evans 23. Will Burden

Tries: Challinor, Warr, Sproston

Conversion: Olver

Jersey Reds XV: 15. Auguy Slowik 14. Alex Morgan 13. George Spencer 12. Rodney Iona 11. Brendan Owen 10. Brendan Cope 9. Will Homer 1. Harry Morley 2. TJ Harris 3. Alec Clarey 4. Rory Bartle 5. Kyle Hatherell 6. Max Argyle 7. Josh Bainbridge (capt) 8. Janco Venter

Replacements: 16. Nic Dolly, 17. Roy Godfrey, 18. Leeroy Atalifo, 19. Charlie Beckett 20. Jake Upfield 21. Luc Jones 22. Greg Dyer 23. James Newey

Tries: Harris, Morgan, Owen, Cope  Conversions: Cope 2 Penalties: Cope

Yellow card: Argyle, Venter

Doncaster sign Tongan International Fotu Lokotui until the end of the season

Doncaster have signed Tongan International Fotu Lokotui until the end of the season.

The back row featured at the World Cup for his country, coming on as a replacement in their fixture with Argentina.

The 27-year-old has played 14 times for his country and arrives from Counties Manakau in the Mitre 10.

This year he joined the Asia Pacific Dragons, based in Singapore and who play in the Global Rapid Rugby. He played the first half of the season with them before joining the franchise Samoan side Samoa Kagifa in the same league.

Fotu arrived in Doncaster yesterday and will begin training with the Knights next week ahead of the home game with Newcastle Falcons.

Director of Rugby Clive Griffiths gave his thoughts on his latest signing.

“It is with great pleasure that I welcome Fotu to Castle Park. He is a talented, uncompromising International back row player with a wealth of experience and who will add to an already effective loose forward unit.

With our current injury situation in the back row, Fotu gives us the strength in depth that we need to get us back on track and through the demands of the  season ahead.”

 

Knights prepare for cup clash with Jersey

Doncaster Knights make the trip to Jersey for the second time in as many months looking to claim a vital victory in their quest for qualification for the Championship Cup knockout stages.

The two sides met at the Stade Santander International with the home side coming away with the win, despite a valiant first half display from the Knights.

In the first fixture in the cup though, it was Doncaster that claimed the spoils with an impressive 32-26 home win. A try from Johnny McPhillips and Tom James set the Knights up for a huge win in the group stage to send them to second in the pool, which we sit three points above the Reds with three games remaining.

Doncaster travel to the Channel Islands on the back of one win in their last three games, but have been hampered with a long list of first team players out injured.

While tomorrow’s opposition have won their last two matches against Nottingham and Ampthill.

Doncaster captain Michael Hills has recovered from injury and makes his way back into the starting line up, while Matt Challinor returns from his citing ban.

Wian Conradie is set for his first start for the club as does Sam Moore, who has joined on loan from Sale Sharks.

Charlie Foley will make his 50th appearance for the Knights, whilst Curtis Wilson and Steve McColl make their returns to the starting 15.

Another new addition is scrum half Gus Warr, who has also arrived from Sale on a dual registered deal.

Still on the side lines are Dougie Flockhart, Ollie Stedman, Rory Pitman, Tom Hicks, Matt Smith, Kurt Morath, Colin Quigley, Pete Lucock, and Sam Jones.

KNIGHTS XV:

  1. Steve McColl 14. Howard Packman 13. Lloyd Hayes 12. Charlie Foley 11. Curtis Wilson 10. Sam Olver 9. Tom James 1. Marc Thomas 2. George Edgson 3. Andy Foster 4. Matt Challinor 5. Morgan Eames 6. Wian Conradie 7. Michael Hills © 8. Sam Moore

 

Replacements:

  1. Ben Hunter
  2. Robin Hislop
  3. Dan Suter
  4. Joe Sproston
  5. Will Holling
  6. Gus Warr
  7. Kyle Evans
  8. Sam Pocklington

Charlie Foley aiming for away win on 50th appearance

Charlie Foley could make his 50th appearance for the club this weekend in the Championship Cup clash with Jersey Reds.

The back joined in the summer of 2017 from Rotherham Titans and has been a consistent member of squad ever since.

“I am proud of the achievement and I have really enjoyed my time over the past two and a half seasons, obviously it is always more important how the team go, but it is quite nice to get an individual landmark.”

“There is possible a few performances that tend to stick out over the years, the one against Ealing at home a couple of years ago was great and some big away wins last season. Just generally I think I have enjoyed my time so far and I am looking forward to what is to come.”

This weekend the Knights face the Jersey Reds, who got the better of Doncaster the last time the two sides met at the Stade Santander International in October. The 28-year-old is aiming for an improved performance and hopes to claim a vital victory as the side look to gain qualification from the group stage.

We weren’t very happy with the way we played last time, we left a lot out on the pitch especially in the first half so you could say there is a score to settle, but we beat them a couple of weeks before that in the cup so we are just looking to get back to winning ways.”

“It would be great, but not so much for my 50th but because the last couple of weeks we haven’t performed how we want to, so it is important to get back on track.”

Academy and AOC teams both Wednesday winners

Both the Academy and the AOC sides tasted victory yesterday on a bright day for our stars of the future.

Head Coach Tyson Lewis’ outfit traveled to Newcastle University to face their 1st team in a tight contest in the Northern 1A league.

It was the home side that took the lead from a penalty before a pick and go in the latter stages of the first half to leave the Academy trailing 10-0 at the break.

However, in the second half it was a different story for the visitors. After dominating possession for large parts, it was Sam Pocklington that drove over from close range off the back of a scrum, which was converted by Seth Adams to make the score 10-7.

The game then became a back and forth encounter late on, but it was the away side that grasped the vital try in the final stages. Jack Townend collected a high kick deep in his own half, carried back before offloading to Dan Wilcox, who beat the opposition winger for pace and dotted down.

That result keeps the Academy in third place and four points of the top of table with a game in hand.

The AOC side also claimed their first win of the season after numerous cancellations and postponements, with a 25-17 win over Leicester Tigers Development side.

Black Friday Club Shop opening hours

It is Black Friday weekend and their are plenty of bargains to take advantage of at our Club Shop!
Find the perfect Christmas present for a Doncaster fan and come down to Castle Park this weekend.
 
Store Opening Times:
– Friday 29th (Black Friday) – 11am – 4pm
– Saturday 30th – 10am – 2pm
– Sunday – 10am – 1pm
Offers:
– Friday and Saturday – 25% off all current full price products for Black Friday weekend. Heavily reduced rugby accessories available (head guards, mouth guards, kicking tee’s, base layers and more) – subject to availability and whilst stocks last.
– Sunday – Heavily reduced rugby accessories continues – subject to availability

AGM Safety sponsor Knights kit for this season

The club are delighted that AGM Safety are continuing their partnership with the Knights and are present on the back of the 2019/20 home and away shirt.

The Health & Safety company are long standing supporters and sponsors of the club with their offices based in Mexborough.

Adrian Marsden, the owner and Lead Consultant of AGM Safety was delighted to carry on his partnership.

“We love our association with the Knights, we are already sponsoring the front row and the Academy so being on the shirt was simply the next step.

Without doubt being on the shirt will help our brand awareness & we have made some excellent connections already through the partnership with the club, so long may that continue.

We have become big rugby fans and are always at Castle Park to cheer on the team bringing our family and friends along to matches in our box, I hope that it can now be a successful season for both the Knights and the Academy.”

Commercial Manager Michael Casey was happy to have AGM Safety as a sponsor of the club again and to continue to be on the Doncaster kit.

“AGM are fantastic supporters of the Club and our ambitions. They are a very pro-active partner and have made themselves popular figures at Castle Park with both players and staff.

Developing the partnership over the past four season has been brilliant and to be able to guarantee that continuation until 2022 is equally as pleasing. Also the kit for this season looks great with the logo on the back as well!”

Academy Skills Session on 13th December

Doncaster Knights Academy will be holding their first Open Skills session on Friday 13th December at Castle Park.

Starting at 5.30pm and finishing at 7pm, the session is ideal for school leavers that are looking to pursue their sporting ambitions alongside their education, which would be at Doncaster College and University centre.

The Academy are currently flying high in the British Universities and College Sport (BUCS) Northern 1A league after winning five of their opening six games.

Also three players that have started in the Academy have gone on to earn full time contracts with the Doncaster first team in Sam Jones, Will Holling and Sam Pocklington.

If you’re interested in the Skills Session contact Becky Fores on becky.fores@don.ac.uk to book your place.

Six Nations 2020 Tickets

The deadline is this Friday!

Current DRFC members who wish to apply for tickets to any of England’s home 2020 Six Nations please complete the form contained on the below link and return it by Friday 29th November together with your cheque for the appropriate value to the new point of contact Michael Casey on mcasey@castle-park.co.uk.

As always, the Club receives a relatively small ticket entitlement for games and should demand outstrip supply tickets will be allocated via a ballot.

The Club can also apply for an extremely finite number of away tickets, should you be interested contact Michael Casey by 5pm Monday 7th October.

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