Doncaster Knights centre Mat Clark insists his flawless start to life at Castle Park was exactly what he was looking for after leaving Leeds Carnegie in search of first team rugby.
Brought in by director of rugby Clive Griffiths for his experience further up the English rugby ladder, Clark has been an ever-present in the Knights’ starting XV, scoring six tries in five appearances.
Add to that the fact that his new team sit top of SEE National League One with five bonus-point wins and you begin to see why his acquisition seems to have been so influential.
Clark is not alone in a clinical Doncaster backs unit with the likes of Tyson Lewis and Bevon Armitage also impressing – the former scoring one of five tries in the 35-5 win away to Cinderford at the weekend.
And having well and truly settled into the team Clark admits he couldn’t have asked for a better beginning at Doncaster.
“It was great to get another victory at the weekend against Cinderford who can be really dangerous. We do a lot work on our defence and that paid off,” said Clark.
“I have had a lot fun to be honest since I joined and it is nice to be at Doncaster and I am getting on really well with everyone here.
“I was at Leeds Carnegie last year but I wanted to get some more game time and with the ambition the club has for the future it was an easy choice to make.
“It is good having people like Tyson Lewis outside me and he has got some serious wheels and is a great finisher, while Bevon Armitage is also playing really well and Chris Eggleshaw has been solid at the back of the scrum.
“It is hard to pick out one or two partnerships because we have all been playing really well as a team but before the season started we knew we were capable of getting off to a good start.
“It is so important to do that as it enables us to be where we want to be at the end of the season too.”
Saturday sees Doncaster put their unbeaten record on the line at home to Fylde, a side who suffered their first defeat of the season at the weekend losing 50-45 in a thrilling encounter against Worthing Raiders.
The expansive attacking game played by Fylde is no secret to Clark and he is confident another dominant defensive display can lay the foundation for yet more points.
“We are hoping to get off to a good start and if we can stop them scoring there is doubt we can score which is the plan,” he added.
“We expect them to play a very loose and open style of rugby and they will attack from everywhere so we need to be prepared to face that.
“It is really important to keep the unbeaten run going, especially in a league where only one team gets promoted. One loss and you might be caught in the middle of a fight at the end of the season.”
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