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𝙈𝙖𝙩𝙩 𝘾𝙝𝙖𝙡𝙡𝙞𝙣𝙤𝙧 – 𝘿𝙤𝙣𝙣𝙮 𝙡𝙚𝙜𝙚𝙣𝙙! ⭐

The word legend can be overused these days but when it comes to Matt Challinor’s status within Doncaster Knights it could not be more appropriate.

The talismanic second-rower joined the Knights from Rotherham Titans in 2010 and has now confirmed that 2021 will be his last hurrah as he retires from the professional game.

Chall retires having made more appearances than any other professional Doncaster player with 255 competitive appearances to date.

Knights hold off Pirates to stay unbeaten.

Knights 17-15 Pirates.

Doncaster Knights held their nerve to pull off a famous victory and finish the day top of the Championship table.

The Knights produced a gusty and committed performance to record a first victory over Cornish Pirates since 2016 and remain unbeaten this Championship season.

John Kelly, who was superb throughout, got the Knights off to a flying start as he scored his second try of the season on seven minutes.

The bruising back-rower was able to charge through the middle of a driving line out and gallop home from just inside the 22m with Sam Olver converting.

The Pirates response was swift with number eight Tom Duncan going over in the corner after the visitors had got in range with a series of forward carries post line out.

The remainder of the first half was a real jostle, The Pirates physical and direct style caused Donny problems when they were permitted quick ball. Fleeting opportunities came for both sides but when Jerry Sexton was sin-binned on 28 minutes for a high tackle the Pirates made it count

A deep lineout was driven towards the home try line & Guido Volpi fell foul of the referee’s graces as he attempted to stop the visiting pack from rumbling over. Anthony Woodthorpe decided the infringement was sinister enough to warrant a penalty try & Volpi was sent to join Sexton in the bin.

Down to thirteen men and now trailing by five point, the signs were ominous for the Knights but the commitment show in the final ten minutes of the first half are arguably what won the Knights the game.

Repeated raids into the Knights 22m were repelled and time and time again Knights players produced big plays to relieve the pressure until time was called on the half.

Back to a full compliment the Knights came out on the front foot and battered at the Pirates defences.

Matt Challinor positioned himself within an inch of the line when a stray hand from Duncan slapped the ball loose, it seemed as if a penalty try would be awarded but instead a knock on was given.

Despite the pressure the Knights could force a score and, following some defensive over eagerness, Will Cargill hit a penalty to make it 7-15 after 53 minutes.

The Knights needed the next score and a superb play from Sam Olver made sure they got it, the stand off produced a lovely interception on half way to sprint away into the Pirates 22m.

The defensive play that followed was questionable in terms of it’s legality and after four successive penalties (but no yellow card) Conor Edwards got over to score off a hard-running line. Olver kicked the extras, 14-15 with the game in it’s final quarter.

Tense finishes are becoming a feature of the Knights 2021 form but today’s game topped the lot so far.

Both sides produce try-scoring opportunities in the late stages but neither could force their way home but after tens of patient carries a penalty dropped the Knights way. Olver duly obliged to put the Knights ahead 15-17 with four minutes to play.

Upon receiving the restart all expected possession to be hoofed as far into Pirates territory as possible. However, Donny were pinged on the floor though it must be said that is seemed as if the Cornish tackler had not released his man.

Fly half Will Cargill had enjoyed a fine game up to this point but he fluffed his lines when it counted the most, his penalty attempted drifted to the right of the uprights.

Time was not quite up and the Knights had to kick possession back to the visitors.

Billy McBryde struck the drop out long but a misunderstanding in the Donny line allowed Maliq Holden through on the right wing. Frantically the Knights scrambled back but by the time the winger was hauled down the Pirates were deep in the home 22m and with the clock ticking to 80 the stage looked set for a drop goal.

The Pirates battered their way into position but with final play called up stepped John Kelly with a jackal penalty to seal the Donny win.

A huge victory for Steve Boden’s Knights who will enjoy the week off having made a perfect start to the season.

 

Knights XV | 15 Billy McBryde, 14 Kyle Evans, 13 Charlie Foley (Mark Best 53’), 12 Connor Edwards, 11 Jack Spittle, 10 Sam Olver, 9 Gus Warr (James Mitchell 56’), 1 Bomber Hislop (c) (Conrad Cade 65’), 2 Ben Hunter (George Roberts), 3 Gaz Denman (Joe Jones 55’), 4 Matt Challinor (Will Britton 62’), 5 Jerry Sexton, 6 John Kelly, 7 Sam Graham (Conor Joyce 53’), 8 Guido Volpi.

Replacements | 16 George Roberts 17 Conrad Cade 18 Joe Jones 19 Will Britton 20 Conor Joyce 21 James Mitchell 22 Mark Best 23 Howard Packman

Tries; Kelly 7’, Edwards 61’

Pens; Olver 76’

Cons; Olver 8’, 61’

Pirates XV15 Tommy Wyatt 14 Alex O’Meara 13 Rory Parata 12 Nico De Battista (c) (Shae Tucker 31’) 11 Maliq Holden 10 Will Cargill 9 JB Bruzulier 1 Marlen Walker (Jack Andrew 17’’) 2 Dan Frost (Tom Channon 63’) 3 Jay Tyack (Sam Rodman 63’) 4 Fa’atiga Lemalu (Matt Bolwell 54’) 5 Danny Cutmore 6 Josh Caulfield 7 John Stevens (Antonio Kiri Kiri 50’) 8 Tom Duncan

Replacements| 16 Tom Channon 17 Jack Andrew 18 Sam Rodman 19 Matt Bolwell 20 Antonio Kiri Kiri 21 Rhodri Davies 22 Harry Bazalgette 23 Shae Tucker

Tries; Duncan 14’, Penalty 31’

Pens; Cargill 53’

Cons; Cargill

Referee | Anthony Woodthorpe

Assistant Referees | Claire Daniels & Simon Adams

Fourth Official | Daniel Woods

Photo credit Ickledot

Match day programme | Now online FREE

Enjoy the Knights vs Cornish Pirates digital match day programme completely FREE of charge!

Get ahead of tomorrow’s heavyweight clash between the Knights & Pirates with our digital match day programme.

Hit the link below to read Coach Bodes’ programme notes, The Knights Family Ties feature, Opposition Preview plus plenty more besides.

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Knights named for Pirates showdown.

In what has been dubbed the Championship tie of the round, the unbeaten Knights take on the unbeaten Pirates at Castle Park, tomorrow KO 15:00.

Head Coach Steve Boden makes just one change to his starting XV from the side that beat Hartpury 21-32 last time out with Gaz Denman switching places with Joe Jones at tight head.

On the bench there are recalls for George Roberts, Will Britton and James Mitchell as the Knights go in search of a first win against the Pirates since February 2016.

The Knights have already made their strongest start to a second flight league season since 2007/08 & you do not want to miss out watching if they can extend the winning run.

Live streams of the game are available to order NOW for £10 from https://www.championshiprugby.co.uk/live-streams.

The Championship Clubs Podcast is now live on Twitter, Instagram and Youtube. Just search @ChampClubsPod to listen, watch and join in the conversation. Episode One is available now on Podbean, Spotify, Apple Podcasts and Youtube via https://linktr.ee/Champclubspod.

Knights XV | 15 Billy McBryde, 14 Kyle Evans, 13 Charlie Foley, 12 Connor Edwards, 11 Jack Spittle, 10 Sam Olver, 9 Guss Warr, 1 Bomber Hislop (c), 2 Ben Hunter, 3 Gaz Denman, 4 Matt Challinor, 5 Jerry Sexton, 6 John Kelly, 7 Sam Graham, 8 Guido Volpi.

Replacements | 16 George Roberts 17 Conrad Cade 18 Joe Jones 19 Will Britton 20 Conor Joyce 21 James Mitchell 22 Mark Best 23 Howard Packman

Championship Clubs Podcast | Episode One out now!

Doncaster Knights are excited to announce the launch of the new Championship Clubs Podcast co-hosted by our own Michael Casey and former Championship stalwart Ben Gulliver.

Over the coming weeks the podcast will discuss, showcase and celebrate everything that is great about the English rugby’s second tier – the players, the clubs and the people behind the scenes that make the Championship such a unique league!

Having played for six of the current Championship clubs and with over 300 Championship appearances, ‘Gully’ will need little introduction to most Championship rugby fans & Michael is a familiar face to many at Castle Park.

In the first episode, Michael and Gully chat with Alan Paver – Joint Head Coach of Cornish Pirates, as he approaches 20 years with the club, their ambitions, that win over Saracens and the huge impact of Covid-19 on both his squad and the community.

Commenting on the brand new show, Ben Gulliver said. I’m delighted to be part of an exciting new project promoting Championship rugby. Championing the Championship is long overdue and I can’t wait to start sharing the great stories around the league.”

Future episodes will be released weekly and will include features with current and ex-players, coaches and stakeholders in the league to represent all twelve of the Greene King IPA Championship clubs. If there is somebody who you think has a great story to tell then why not message us through one of our Social Media channels?

Championship Clubs Podcast is on Twitter, Instagram and Youtube. Just search @ChampClubsPod to listen, watch and join in the conversation.

Episode One is available now on Podbean, Spotify, Apple Podcasts and Youtube via https://linktr.ee/Champclubspod. Or listen below

Order your match day cow pie!

Match day takeaways are live for this Saturday’s clash with Cornish Pirates! KO 15:00

Our signature dish is available with chips, mushy peas, gravy & mint sauce (vegetarian pie available)
to order in takeaway form as the Knights put their unbeaten start on the line against the Pirates. Price £8.50.

Order your portion(s) before 4pm on Friday by calling 01302 831388 or emailing reception@castle-park.co.uk and collect from the De Mulder Lloyd Stand kitchen to collected between 11:00-13:00 from the rear of the De Mulder Stand – collection point will be sign posted.

Jack pumped for Pirates showdown.

Jack Davies says the Knights can’t wait for this weekend’s clash with Pirates!

Back-row Davies has featured from the bench in each of the Knights last two victories & is fighting to stake his place for a starting spot!

Jack believes that the Knights have shown what they are capable of in patches but that they are yet to produced a full 80-minute performance this season.

On Saturday the Knights put their unbeaten start on the line against a Pirates side that claimed the early result of the season – chinning Saracens in round one of the campaign.

Former Bath man Jack states that confidence in the Knights camp is high but that they are under no illusion of the challenge posed by the Pirates.

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Castle Park to host Red Roses vs Scotland

The fixtures for the 2021 Women’s Six Nations Championship have been released with fans able to enjoy four consecutive Saturdays of jam packed action involving all six teams starting on 3 April.

The Championship will consist of two pools of three teams before concluding with Finals Day on 24 April. Pool A teams England, Italy and Scotland will play Pool B teams France, Ireland and Wales in the group phases.

Each team will play one home and one away fixture before facing the opposing ranked team from the other pool in a Super Saturday finals day. The Pool A teams – England, Italy and Scotland – will have home games for the finals.

Castle Park will host Champions England as they open their title defence with a home clash against Scotland on 3 April in a 3:00PM. France face Wales on the same day in an evening kick-off at Stade de la Rabine in Vannes (8:00PM).

Round Two takes place on Saturday 10 April and sees England play Italy at Stadio Plebiscito in Padova in a 2:00PM kick-off. Ireland, meanwhile, take on Wales in a 5:00PM fixture at Cardiff Arms Park.

The third round on Saturday 17 April sees France travel to Ireland for a 2:15PM clash at Energia Park, Donnybrook. The Pool stages will then conclude with the meeting of Scotland and Italy at Scotstoun Stadium later that afternoon (5:00PM).

On Super Saturday Finals day, Italy get the action underway with a 12:00PM match against the side who finish in the equivalent position in Pool A. Current Champions England play their counterparts at 2:00PM, while Scotland and their opponents will be playing the last match of the day at 5:00PM.

France and England will also play a Women’s Six Nations exhibition game as part of the series, with the two set to meet at Villeneuve d’Ascq on Saturday, 30 April.

As well as a new format, the 2021 Women’s Six Nations will also break new ground in broadcasting.

For the first time, all games will be available in one place in the UK, the Republic of Ireland and Italy, with the BBC, RTÉ and Eurosport carrying all nine matches on terrestrial and digital services.

In the UK, four matches will be shown on terrestrial television with BBC Scotland to show Scotland v Italy and the final game involving Scotland while BBC Wales will show Wales v Ireland. The final game involving England will be shown on BBC2, meaning a Women’s Six Nations game will be shown on the main BBC network for the first time. All other games will be on BBC iPlayer.

RTÉ will show Wales v Ireland, Ireland v France and Ireland’s match on Finals Weekend live on both RTÉ 2 and RTÉ Player. The other six games will be shown on RTÉ Player for fans to enjoy.

France TV will continue its fantastic support of the women’s game by showing France v Wales on France 4, Ireland v France on France 2 and the final game involving the French team on France 2.

In Italy, Eurosport will show all nine matches on the Eurosport Player.

Six Nations CEO Ben Morel commented: “We are extremely excited to get the Women’s Six Nations underway and with a new window and a new format for fans to engage with. Our Super Saturday on 24 April looks set to ensure this year’s Championship has a compelling finale.

“Developing the Women’s Championship is absolutely central to our overall strategy. Fans have been thrilled by the Guinness Six Nations over the last two months and now the baton passes to the women’s teams, and we expect an equally thrilling sporting spectacle.”

Doncaster Knights Commercial Manager Michael Casey added. “”We are delighted to welcome the Red Roses back to Castle Park and to work alongside the England Rugby team again. England have an unbeaten record in Doncaster and we’re excited to bring another showcase international rugby fixture to the town.”

*All times are British Summer Time / Irish Summer Time, which is GMT +1

Classy Knights make it three in a row!

Hartpury 21-32 Knights  

Doncaster Knights held off a spirited Hartpury side to extend their unbeaten start to the 2021 campaign.

Former Hartpury student Ben Hunter secured the victory, and a bonus –point, as he crashed over in the final minutes of an enthralling encounter meaning the Knights have made their best start to a league campaign since winning the National One title in 2013/14.

Lively starts have been a feature of the Knights early season form and after an early penalty attempt from home fly-half Josh Bragman dropped wide the Knights bossed the opening exchanges.

The Donny set piece was on song throughout and created the platform for the game’s opening score.

With quick ball off the top of a midfield line out Jack Spittle made it deep into the Hartpury 22m before being hauled down short of the line. From the resulting breakdown Bragman deliberately knocked on, was sin-binned and Sam Olver Kicked to the corer

Guido Volpi got his hands on possession after the Donny drive was stopped and would not be denied from close range with Olver converting for a seven-point score.

The Knights were relentless following the try and quickly extended their lead with a fine piece of running rugby.

A well-executed lineout put the backs on the front-foot, interlinking flawlessly to create space for Billy McBryde to release Jack Spittle. With a bit of fresh air ahead of him the winger put his foot down to race over in the corner.

With a 12-point advantage and momentum firmly behind them things could not be going better but the Kights were brought back down to earth abruptly when Robbie Smith scored against the run of play.

The centre cleverly read an Olver pass to intercept and trot home untouched; out of the sin bin, Bragman converted 7-12.

The reaction to conceding was instant from Doncaster who registered a third try almost immediately after.

Jack Spittle showed his class again with another first phase try, collecting a short pass from Ben Hunter who had peeled smartly off the tail of the line out. Despite Hunter’s good work the winger still had plenty to do but managed to evade any would be tacklers to run it in under the sticks & Olver converted.

Olver added a penalty shortly after the half hour mark and the Knights were good value for their 15-point lead.

The Students battled back again & ran in a second score to make it all to play for in the second half. A kick ahead from Will Partington bounced awkwardly for the Knights outside backs and Ben Foley won his race to ground in goal with Bragman’s conversion making it 14-22 at the interval.

The second half was a much more even contest with the hosts reemerging from the changing rooms with real purpose.

The Knights lead was reduced on fifty-five minutes when Hartpury muscled home with a driving lineout; replacement front row Will Crane confirmed as the scorer. Another successful Bragman conversion made it 21-25 and when Bomber Hislop was sin-binned moments later if felt like momentum has swung completely.

The next ten minutes saw the Knights defend will full-blooded commitment to prevent further scores while reduced in numbers. Great work at the line out saw Jerry Sexton interrupt several home throws as the Knights continued to clear their lines.

Once restored to a full compliment the Knights went back on the attack & wrapped up the win with a Ben Hunter score which also secured a bonus point. The hooker rounded off a fine performance to dot down at the back of a driving line out. Olver kicked the extras putting the Knights 11-points ahead and out of sight.

A third win in a row for the Knights and a performance packed full of positives which sets things up nicely for the visit of Cornish Pirates to Castle Park on Saturday!

Hartpury XV| 15. Will Partington, 14. Tom Stanton, 13. Robbie Smith, 12. James Williams, 11. Ben Foley, 10. Joshua Bragman, 9. Will Flinn (Calum Waters 62’), 1. Ashley Challenger (Olly Adkins 40’), 2. Nick Selway (Will Crane 47’), 3. Shaun Knight (Cameron Holenstein 64’), 4.Dale Lemon (c),  5. Scott Russell (Arthur Clark 57’), 6. Aled Ward, 7. Will Safe (Josh Gray 67’), 8. Harry Wilson (Arthur Clark 58’)

Replacements| 16. Will Crane 17.  Olly Adkins 18. Cameron Holenstein 19. Ehize Ehizode 20. Arthur Clark 21. Josh Gray 22. Calum Waters 23. George Simpson

Tries; Smith 21’, Foley 37’, Crane 55’

Pen;

Conv; Bragman 21’, 37’, 55’

Knights XV | 15 Billy McBryde, 14 Kyle Evans (Howard Packman 40’), 13 Charlie Foley (Mark Best 70’), 12 Connor Edwards, 11 Jack Spittle, 10 Sam Olver, 9 Gus Warr (Reiss Cullen 75’), 1 Bomber Hislop (c) (Conrad Cade 70’), 2 Ben Hunter (Will Holling 70’), 3 Joe Jones (Gaz Denman 55’), 4 Matt Challinor, 5 Jerry Sexton, 6 John Kelly (Conor Joyce 67’), 7 Sam Graham, 8 Guido Volpi (Jack Davies 58’).

Replacements | 16 Will Holling 17 Conrad Cade 18 Gaz Denman 19 Jack Davies 20 Conor Joyce 21 Reiss Cullen 22 Mark Best 23 Howard Packman

Tries; Volpi 9’, Spittle 19’, 25’, Hunter 70’

Pen; Olver 29’, 49’

Conv; Olver 9’, 25’, 70’

 

 

Team news | Just two changes for Hartpury clash.  

Head Coach Steve Boden makes just two changes to the Knights match-day twenty-three the defeated Coventry last Friday evening at Castle Park.

The Knights put their unbeaten start on the line tomorrow evening at the Alpas Arena as they face Hartpury College under the lights for a 19:45 kick off.

Having rotated his squad heavily through the opening two rounds of actions, Head Coach Bodes sticks with thirteen of the fifteen starters that held on for a 20-19 victory at Castle Park last time out.

Guido Volpi returns to the squad having missed last Friday with a dead leg, he replaces Will Britton in the back-row with John Kelly switching from number eight to flanker.

Sale youngster Gus Warr is the pick at scrum half, making his first appearance for the side since featuring against Saracens in the Trailfinders Challenge Cup.

Elsewhere the team is completely unchanged as the Knights look to win their first three fixtures of a league campaign for the first time since the promotion-winning National One campaign of 2013/14.

Remember you can watch tomorrow evening’s clash with Hartpury LIVE for £10 just click the link below.

Knights XV | 15 Billy McBryde, 14 Kyle Evans, 13 Charlie Foley, 12 Connor Edwards, 11 Jack Spittle, 10 Sam Olver, 9 Guss Warr, 1 Bomber Hislop (c), 2 Ben Hunter, 3 Joe Jones, 4 Matt Challinor, 5 Jerry Sexton, 6 John Kelly, 7 Sam Graham, 8 Guido Volpi.

Replacements | 16 Will Holling 17 Conrad Cade 18 Gaz Denman 19 Jack Davies 20 Conor Joyce 21 Reiss Cullen 22 Mark Best 23 Howard Packman