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Sam Olver | Jersey Match Review

It was a successful weekend for Sam Olver as he celebrated his 50th appearance as a Doncaster Knight with a 27-24 victory over Jersey Reds at Castle Park.

Olver converted six out of his nine kicks, keeping his cool to score a penalty in the 78th minute which would prove to be the clincher in the Knights maintaining their home record.

Despite the importance of the kick, Olver knew what was required: “You get a nervous but you just try to deal with it. It’s something that is part and parcel as a 10 or a kicker, that you have to deal with those sorts of moments.”

“It was really nice to get that win for my 50th game. I would have preferred to have been up by a few more points than to have had to kick that last one, but these things happen and you just try to step up and do your job.”

The Knights went into the game against the early league leaders knowing that they had an arduous task on their hands to come away with the victory.

“It was pretty physical today but playing Jersey is always going to be one of those games.”

“First half we were pretty good – I thought we played some decent rugby – but all in all it was a scrappy game. We didn’t manage to put that many phases together but the most important thing is that we came through with four points in the bag.”

“I thought our pack – especially our driving maul – was pretty good. Defensively we struggled, but we matched them which was good. And it was nice to get some front-foot ball and give our backs the opportunities we saw in the first half.”

“I think we’ve struggled this season so far – struggled to get momentum – so it’s nice to win here before a week off and then come back ready to hit the meat of the season.”

In a game which marked his 50th appearance, Olver was also impressed by the impact made by fullback Harry Davey on what was his first start as a Knight.

“He’s a young, exciting player. He offers something different. He’s a real attacking threat, as we got to see in the first half when he made that break down the left. I thought he did really well on Saturday.”

The Knights return to action on October 30 away to Ampthill at Dillingham Park.

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