DONCASTER Knights returned victorious from Leeds Carnegie last Sunday to put the icing on what has been a good three weeks for the club.
Not only was it their third consecutive win but it also moved them up to fourth place in the Championship. Furthermore the Knights have gained a bonus point for scoring four or more tries in each of their past four games which is more than any other club.
The exciting brand of rugby that the Knights are now playing is testimony to Director of Rugby Brett Davey’s attacking philosophy.
The Leeds game saw Knights conceding only one try and that, to some extent, was slightly unfortunate as former Knights player Jacob Rowan pounced on a ball that squirted out of the side of a ruck.
This game also saw the return of Knights defence coach Neil Kelly from the Rugby World Cup having performed a similar role for minnows Namibia.
It was great opportunity for Neil and one that I am sure he thoroughly enjoyed except for having to see his charges concede try after try late on in games as his (mainly) amateur players could not keep up with the fitness levels of their professional opponents.
This Saturday Knights are at home to Plymouth Albion who are ninth in the Championship.
They have won two out of five compared with Knights’ three out of five - the big difference is the fact that the Knights have five bonus points compared with Plymouth’s one.
I am sure Brett and his men are not expecting an easy ride against their visitors from Devon particularly as two former Knights players, Bevon Armitage and Paul Bailey, now play for Plymouth.
I have no doubt that the two will be given a warm welcome, both on and off the field. Why not come down and watch the Knights try to extend their winning run – the match kicks off at 2.30pm and you can be sure of a great family atmosphere at Castle Park.
Next Wednesday Knights face Leeds Carnegie again, this time at Castle Park, in their second game in the British and Irish League Cup under floodlights (7.30pm).
In their first games, Leeds beat local rivals Rotherham Titans at home whilst the Knights lost narrowly away at Nottingham.
There is a probability that Leeds will be looking to include last season’s Knights full-back Stevie McColl in their line up as he seeks to return from an injury that kept him out of last Sunday’s championship game.
Finally, the Rugby World Cup.
This weekend sees the quarter finals and my predictions are that the semi-finalists will be Wales (I have to go with them don’t I), England, South Africa and New Zealand. Let’s see if I am right. Either way, a northern hemisphere side is guaranteed a place in the final which has got to be good for European rugby.