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Knew fate: Martin Johnson

Knew fate: Martin Johnson

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DONCASTER Knights made a literal flying visit to Belfast in the British and Irish Cup last weekend leaving Manchester at 12.30pm on Friday and arriving back at Leeds-Bradford Airport at 11.20am the following morning whilst playing Ulster in between.

Making no excuses as we were well beaten on the day, but it is not a logistical exercise I think we would want to try again.

Whilst we were in Manchester Airport Terminal 3 at 11am (it being the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month), an announcement was made over the tannoy and everyone stood and observed a minute silence. It was quite moving, as well as being slightly eerie.

The last few days have been full of news from the RFU about Martin Johnson’s resignation as the England manager but I can’t help but feel that he knew he was going to be pushed. It will be interesting to see who follows him as I am sure there is a lot more that needs to happen before the RFU exorcise their ghosts of the past couple of seasons.

Tomorrow all eyes will be on Clifton Lane where Knights are away to Rotherham Titans in the first of this season’s South Yorkshire derbies. This is the last game in the first half of the Championship season and Titans are four points ahead of Knights having won one more game.

Titans have had some outstanding wins this season against some of the teams above them in the league and no doubt both sides will be up for the game.

A week on Saturday Knights are at home to the present league leaders Cornish Pirates and will be seeking to avenge their narrow defeat in Penzance back in September when a slightly doubtful refereeing decision denied them the try in the final seconds of the game that would have given them a draw.

The game kicks off at 2.30pm at Castle Park and, as always, we will no doubt be entertained by the Pirates’ travelling supporters in full regalia!