Doncaster Knights’ Pirates bogey strikes again

Knights'  Matt Challinor during the defeat against Pirates
Knights' Matt Challinor during the defeat against Pirates
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Doncaster Knights’ boss Clive Griffiths claimed in the build-up to Saturday’s Championship clash with Cornish Pirates that he diidn’t believe in bogey teams.

But club captain Matt Challinor admitted after Pirates’ first away win of the season (24-22) that there could be something in the claim that the Cornishmen are Knights’ bogey side at Castle Park.

“We must have beaten here during my time at the club but they do have a pretty good record here,” said the big second-rower.

“They looked beaten here two years ago but managed to win the game deep into stoppage time. We should have beaten them then and we should have done on Saturday.

“It was very disappointing; especially after being on a high after beating Yorkshire Carnegie at Headingley the previous game.

“We didn’t underestimate Pirates because it was a game we were desperate to win because we knew what a difference it would make to win four out of our first games back in the Championship.”

Challinor said he thought Knights were on course to do that at half-time: “We had played all the rugby in the first half and we were upset to be only 10-3 ahead at the break,” he told The Star.

“But to start like we did in the second half, especially against a side down to 14 men, wasn’t good enough.

“They scored 21 points without reply and although we rallied towards the end, and picked up a losing bonus point, we gave ourselves too much to do.”