Tyson Lewis focusing on finishing the season strong

Tyson Lewis is aiming to ‘finish the season strong’ as the Knights face Coventry next week when the final block of Championship fixtures gets underway.

The Doncaster players are currently on a week off before they return to training on Monday with Tyson ready to end the 2019/20 campaign in a positive fashion.

“It is a good thing for the boys to get away from rugby, rest and recuperate. When everyone comes back we’ll be switched on and with nine games left we have to finish the season strong for the club and to take momentum into next season.”

The 34-year-old gave his assessment on the defeat to Bedford Blues with the visitors enjoying plenty of territory, but failing to take advantage of it.

“We let ourselves down at times, we had a great opportunity to go there and set a marker down for ourselves going into the last nine games.

We have to go back to the drawing board and make sure we turn up against Coventry next week and show what we are about.

We had the advantage and we were camped in the Bedford half for plenty of the first half, but were unable to get over the line. Then when we are exceeding that much pressure, then you are vulnerable and Bedford were clinical.

Credit to them, they deserved to win, but in the game we made plenty of breaks, but failed to execute.”

Tyson and the rest of the Knights are back in action and looking to make it a fourth consecutive win at Castle Park.

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Doncaster defeated 29-5 by Bedford Blues

Doncaster continued their struggling away form this year as Bedford Blues earned a 29-5 home win this afternoon.

Two first half tries in a game fairly even in terms on territory saw the Blues take a deserved lead in the first half. After the interval, the Knights showed their spirit, but couldn’t create enough to take any points back north with them.

The first points on the board came from a Sam Leeming penalty after the visitors had the better going in the first five minutes. However that early lead swayed the balance in favour of Bedford and they dotted down the opening try on the 13 minute mark. Despite a superb tackle from Tyson Lewis two metres from his own try line to halt Oskar Hirskyj-Douglas, the centre offloaded to Joe Atkinson, who barged over. Leeming added the extras with ease.

Doncaster rallied back and enjoyed plenty of possession, but could not create a clear cut chance in the Bedford 22, with their attacks either breaking down or handing the Blues penalties to clear the danger.

The home side doubled their try count for the afternoon from an impressive driving maul that started just inside the Doncaster 22. Robbie Smith the scorer, with Leeming scoring the conversion.

Clive Griffiths’ outfit fought back and spent plenty of time in the Bedford half as they played down the slope, but could not drive over with the first half ending 17-0 to Bedford.

The second half got off to the worst possible start with another try for the home side within the opening three minutes. After a good passing move, Ryan Hutler dotted down in the corner to extend their lead to 22-0.

Doncaster’s misery was compounded with Grayson Hart tapping a penalty and bursting over. Leeming adding the extras to give the home crowd a 29-0 scoreline to cheer about.

The Knights began to increase the tempo to their play after the 55th minute. Good breaks from Guido Volpi, Tom James and Tyson Lewis drove the side into the Bedford half, but failed to capitalise on it.

Although, the visiting supporters did have something to shout about when Charlie Foley barged over in the 57th minute, after Hunter made a strong carry inside the 22. Sam Olver missed the conversion in strong winds and from a tight angle.

The away side then sparked into life, James made another good break into the Blues half, but lacked support and the danger was soon squashed.

The last 10 minutes saw both sides battling on with the Knights unable to add to their single try with Bedford deservedly earning the 29-5 victory.


Bedford Blues XV: 15. Rich Lane 14. Ryan Hutler 13. Oskar Hirskyj-Douglas 12. Lewis Robling 11. Matt Worley 10. Sam Leeming 9. Grayson Hart 1. Sean McCarthy (C) 2. Robbie Smith 3. Alex Penny 4. Jordan Onojaife 5. Oli Curry 6. Dan Temm 7. Joe Atkinson 8. Alafoti Fa’osiliva

Replacements: 16. Jacob Fields 17. Joe Wrafter 18. Henry Paul 19. Will Carrick Smith 20. Devante Onojaife 21. Huw Worthington 22. Fraser Strachan 23. Ed Coulson

Tries: Atkinson, Smith, Hutler, Hart

Conversions: Leeming 2

Penalties: Leeming


Knights XV: 15. Cameron Cowell(66’Roberts) 14. Kyle Evans 13. Charlie Foley 12. Penikolo Latu 11. Tyson Lewis 10. Sam Olver(66’Hayes) 9.Tom James(75’Pocklington 1. Marc Thomas(72’Suter) 2. Ben Hunter(63’Hunter) 3. Colin Quigley(48’Foster) 4. Cian Romaine  5. Morgan Eames 6. Fotu Lokotui(60’Hills) 7. Wian Conradie(75’Calladine) 8. Guido Volpi

Replacements: 16. Will Holling 17. Andrew Foster 18. Dan Suter 19. Tom Calladine 20. Michael Hills 21. Sam Pocklington 22. Lloyd Hayes 23. Jack Roberts

Tries: Foley


Team News | Knights name side for Bedford trip

The Knights make the trip to Bedford Blues tomorrow looking for consecutive league wins for the first time this year.

Last time out in the league, Doncaster defeated Jersey Reds producing their best performance of the season and will look to replicate that once again.

While Bedford were defeated by Ealing Trailfinders on their travels, although the Blues have won their last three games at Goldington Road.

Mike Rayer’s side have beaten Hartpury, Jersey Reds and Coventry to push themselves into ninth position in the league table. Although they have only picked up 14 points at home this season after a rocky start to the 2019/20 campaign.

Doncaster enter the game aiming to grasp their first away win of 2020, with their last coming against Yorkshire Carnegie in December.

Director of Rugby Clive Griffiths’ last winning visit to Bedfordshire was in 2017 after a fantastic 22-40 triumph. However, his outfit boast an impressive overall record against Bedford, having won nine of their last 13 meetings.

A further confidence boost will be that the Knights will be aiming to do the double over tomorrows opposition after claiming a 22-18 win at Castle Park earlier in the campaign.

There are several changes to the side that exited the Championship Cup against Nottingham with Kyle Evans recovering from injury to make the starting side. New additions Guido Volpi and Penikolo Latu also make the XV. Colin Quigley and Ben Hunter make their return along with Sam Olver, who were all rested for the Cup game.

Matt Challinor has a problem with his knee and is unable to play. Therefore Cornish Pirates second row Cian Romaine joins the Knights on loan for the rest of the season. The Ireland U20 has previously played for Yorkshire Carnegie, North Harbour as well as the Connacht Academy.

While Robin Hislop (back), Rory Pitman (hamstring), Howard Packman (calf), Tom Hicks (HIA), Steve McColl (ribs), Pete Lucock (knee), Sam Jones (HIA) and Matt Smith (foot) remain sidelined.


Knights XV: 15. Cameron Cowell 14. Kyle Evans 13. Charlie Foley 12. Penikolo Latu 11. Tyson Lewis 10. Sam Olver 9.Tom James 1. Marc Thomas 2. Ben Hunter 3. Colin Quigley 4. Cian Romaine  5. Morgan Eames 6. Fotu Lokotui 7. Wian Conradie 8. Guido Volpi

Replacements: 16. Will Holling 17. Andrew Foster 18. Dan Suter 19. George Edgson 20. Michael Hills 21. Sam Pocklington 22. Lloyd Hayes 23. Jack Roberts

Highlights | Knights 22-18 Bedford Blues

Doncaster claimed their second victory of the season after a 22-18 victory win over Bedford Blues on Saturday.

A try in the opening minute of the game from Lloyd Hayes set the home side off to an impressive start. While fly-half Sam Olver also took credit from the game as he kicked 17 points in wet conditions at Castle Park.

The half-time score saw the Knights lead 10-5, although that was helped by the visitors missing four kicks.

After the interval, the Blues dotted down their second try of the afternoon and took control of the fixture as they led 16-18 with 70 minutes on the clock.

However, great work from the forwards late on earned Donny two penalties, which Olver superbly slotted away to earn the victory.

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DKTV | Bedford Blues Highlights

Doncaster earned a hard-fought 27-20 victory over Bedford Blues to rise up to eighth in the GK IPA Championship.

First half tries from Tom Hicks and Tom James set the Knights on the tone for an impressive performance, as they held a 20-14 lead at the interval. 

The hosts started off the second half in blistering fashion with Joe Sproston scoring from a driving maul after just two minutes. 

Bedford fought back, but were unable to topple the Knights, who held on for a 27-20 victory and secured a second win of 2019 at Castle Park.

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