Pete’s Preview: Doncaster

Published: 6 July, 2018 - 1:37 pm
By Peter Carbert
One thing Doncaster fans can’t say is it’s been a boring season – from early pacesetters to a downturn of form; throw in the departure of their star signing (and ex Knights player) Liam Harris and it’s been a topsy turvy campaign, one which you can’t help but feel might just have a few more twists to come.
Doncaster have failed to beat any of the current top 5 teams and need to start putting a run of wins together if they are to finish in one of the coveted playoff positions.
30th March 2018
Doncaster RLFC 14 York City Knights 16
Keepmoat Stadium – Attendance 906
A strong York following travelled down the A1 to see the Knights grind out a tough but crucial win at the Keepmoat and end Doncaster’s unbeaten start to the season. After just 12mins York had 2 players sin binned, a Doncaster player also given a yellow card however it was York who took a 2-0 lead thanks to a penalty goal. Although Doncaster scored the 1st try of the game, a good angled run from Ronan Dixon saw him go under the sticks and York head to the sheds with an 8-6 lead.
As with the first half defences were on top, both sides trading penalty goals before a great handling effort from Will Jubb extended the Knights lead, a juggling performance Billy Smart himself would’ve been proud of! Although Doncaster hit back with their 2nd try of the game some resolute committed York defence ensured the 2 points headed back to North Yorkshire.
It’s been an inconsistent season for Doncaster so far but centre Jason Tali has been one of the more consistent players. A strong runner, he plays the game hard but fair and is beginning to develop an impressive partnership with flying winger Aaron Jones Bishop. On their day Jordie Hedges and Kyle Kesik are handy players too.
Joe Batchelor needs 1 more try to reach 30 for York.
Andy Ellis, Harry Carter and Will Jubb all need 1 more try to hit 10 in Knights colours.
Adam Robinson played his 40th match for York against Newcastle.
Ash Robson scored his 100th point for York against Newcastle and is now on 106 points for the club.