Knights take pluses from Titans derby

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I AM writing this column on the coach on the way back from Doncaster Knights’ midweek match at London Welsh at the end of a seven-day period that has been Doncaster play three games - with a fourth to come away to away to league leaders Bristol tonight.

It is an absolutely crazy fixture schedule brought about by having to fit in two cancelled away Championship games before the deadline for the completion of the first part of the season which is this weekend.

Last Saturday, the result apart and of which more later, was a great day for the Knights and Castle Park.

Not only did we smash the club’s attendance record with a crowd of 4,021 but, with our game with local rivals Rotherham Titans being shown live on Sky, it showed our facilities off to a far wider audience.

Everything went so well on the day and all of our staff and volunteers deserve our congratulations. I spoke to a number of RFU and Sky personnel and they were all full of praise for our facilities and the occasion.

With our extensive corporate facilities at bursting point the day could not have gone any better, apart from the result.

And now back to the result. With the game in the 11th minute of stoppage time, the Knights were leading by 14 points to 12 when Rotherham were awarded a penalty 40 metres out and about 10 metres in from touch.

Not too hard apart from the cross wind that made a lot of kicking a lottery. Garry Law’s kick for the Titans appeared to be missing the target by about five metres when about 15 metres out it started to lose power and the cross wind suddenly picked it up and blew it across and through the posts. Surely Doncaster Knights equivalent of Maradona’s “hand of God” goal against England all those years ago.

Knights were yesterday regrouping and assessing the fitness of the players before setting off for Bristol.

The British Lions’ doctor once described playing a rugby match as being the equivalent of two car crashes for each player.

Some of our players have appeared in all three games in the past seven days so it is little wonder that they looked a tired group of players on the coach back from London after their 37-14 defeat.