Director of Rugby Development Glen Kenworthy was delighted to see the reaction he called for from Doncaster Phoenix, as they bounced back to winning ways on Saturday.
Phoenix secured an excellent 52-14 win over the Broadstreet with eight tries in a fantastic display at Castle Park.
Kendo gave his thoughts on the game:
“It was a good day, eight tries at home you can’t ask for much more than that. Will Smith played really well and has done so for most of the season.
The best part of the win was to see the reaction from the defeat to Burton, we showed a lot of character and played with good intensity for the majority of the game.”
The Midlands Premier side have won four of their last seven home games in a good turn of form since early December.
“Our home form this season has been a positive and i believe that is down to the advantage of having an AGP pitch. It is tough on the body, but the boys like playing on it as it is the same dimensions as pitch 1 and we feel we can stretch the opposition defence and it has given us the chance to score very, very good tries.”
Kendo has now been in his new role since the start of the season and is enjoying the challenge.
“It is new to me and it is a challenge. The Academy are flying and it is fantastic to see how they have progressed and deservedly have won the title.
Also at my coaching role in the Yorkshire U20s it is great to see James Boyd-Bell and Elliot Webb progress into that team from the Academy and they both played in a good win recently.”
Doncaster Phoenix produced a fantastic performance to run in an 52-14 victory over visitors Broadstreet and record a high scoring double over their West Midlands rivals.
The first half was even with both sides attacking well, but making mistakes at key times and a half time score of 14 apiece was a fair reflection on the first 40 minutes. Phoenix had secured two good tries both scored and converted by fly half Will Smith, playing out of position, but relishing his new role as key play maker and kicker.
Broadstreet had stayed in the game and they too looked sharp on the break, though in fairness it was errors by the home side that directly lead to their tries, both of which were converted, the second of which was on the stroke of half time.
The second half was all Phoenix, who tightened up in defence, Broadstreet failing to attack the home try line once all half, whilst sharpening up their attacking options.
Having been pushed around a little in the first half the Phoenix pack of forwards started to dominate and on the 50 minute mark number eight Jamal Khalil pushed over from close range before captain Sam Bottomley went over 10 minutes later after a midfield break by co-centre James Wright split the visitors defence apart.
That score basically sealed the game, but Phoenix were not finished as flanker Clayton Hill scored a brace of tries and Will Smith secured his hat-trick picking up an interception close to the try line as Broadstreet tried to play out of defence.
The visitors now looking a little shell-shocked, and down to 14 men for the final ten minutes due to ill-discipline, were constantly under pressure and Phoenix broke the 50 point mark when man of the match scrum-half George Tankard went over for their 6th try of the half, four of which were converted by Smith.
It was a good day for Phoenix, picking up five points and all but cementing a mid-table position in the Midlands Premier League with just four games to play.
Dean Richards, the England and British and Irish Lions legend, will be speaking at a sportsman’s dinner hosted by Doncaster Phoenix in three months time.
The former Leicester Tigers back row is currently Director of Rugby at Newcastle Falcons, who sit top of the Championship table, and have won every game this season.
Dean will also be joined by comedian and entertainer Steve Womack and promises to be a fantastic evening of food, drinks and laughter.
The dinner will take place on Friday 3rd April in the main club house. Tickets cost £39.50 per person.
For more information or to book tickets please contact;
Paul Curzon – firstname.lastname@example.org / 07455627382
Scott Plevey – email@example.com / 07770 985231
Doncaster Phoenix are playing at Castle Park on Saturday, 2.15pm KO, against Sandbach as they aim for a sixth straight win.
The Knights are in action on Friday evening away to Newcastle Falcons at Kingston Park, but if you aren’t making that journey then come and support an in form Phoenix side the following day.
Under the stewardship of Director of Rugby Development Glen Kenworthy, the Midlands Premier outfit have risen to sixth in the table and have only lost once in their last eight games.
While Saturday’s opposition currently sit seventh, two points behind Phoenix, making the clash even more important.
Doncaster Phoenix secured their third away win of the season with a vital 22-29 victory at Burton on Saturday.
The visitors put in a fine away performance to come away from Burton with maximum points despite playing the second half with just 14 men after scrum half Matty Drennan was sent off for foul play on the stroke of half time.
Three second half tries set the away side up for a superb performance after the break, with Glen Kenworthy delighted with the attitude on show.
“We were terrific in the second half, a late try from them put a dampener on it, but overall we performed well. We showed some good determination and fight to get the lead after being level at half-time and a man down.”
James Wright scored a hat-trick, but it was fellow try scorer Will Taylor that earned praise from Kendo.
“It was an immense second half from us especially after the setback of the red card just before half-time, Will Taylor in particular was unbelievable and deserves the credit he gets.
It was an important win and it is vital we beat the teams around us, an away win is always nice and it has pushed us up the table a bit.
To secure the five points on the road is always a confidence booster and hopefully we can take that form into the next game.”
Doncaster Phoenix face Bromsgrove at home (14:15 KO) on Saturday in a tough Midlands Premier fixture with both sides entering the game in good form.
Glen Kenworthy is aware of the battle the side will face if they are to gain the victory.
“They are a good side, their position in the table represents that. They also beat Broadstreet away just like us and have only lost three times this season, so we have to be ready to front up and be at our best.”
Bromsgrove currently sit fifth in the table with five wins from their eight games so far. While Phoenix have won and drawn their last two fixtures with Kendo hoping that will give the side confidence going into the match.
“We have played really well in the last two games and started to look like a side on the up, we have performed well away so far this season so that should give us more confidence that we can take something from the game.
Bromsgrove are in good form just like us so it will make for an exciting game of rugby.”
Phoenix are currently 11 points behind their opponents, but will have belief they can rise up the table after beating four time Midlands Premier Champions Broadstreet in their last fixture.
Doncaster Phoenix came from behind to claim an all important 31-31 draw last weekend against Bridgnorth. A result Glen Kenworthy believes the side can build on for tomorrow’s match in Coventry, as they face Broadstreet.
“It was a good comeback, it is in our DNA to never give up and we showed that.
We scored four lovely tries and deserved to get something out of the game.”
The scoreline was 17-17 at the interval, but the visitors took the lead with a commanding 31-17 advantage within 10 minutes of the restart.
However, a determined attitude from Phoenix was displayed as they clawed their way back into the game with tries from Matty Drennan and Jamal Khalil, as the home side earned something for their efforts.
Kendo was pleased with the end result and confident the side can progress up the table after the positive performance.
“Three points against a top side like Bridgnorth is huge, they are a top five outfit without a doubt and we matched them well.
We are looking forward to the next challenge against Broadstreet, we have some confidence and I think we have turned a corner now, i am hopeful we can get the win.”