Knights in the mood for return of Welsh clash

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Knights travelled back from Old Deer Park last Saturday having narrowly lost 34-24 to London Welsh where they scored four tries to the home side’s three in a game that they should have won.

Unfortunately it was two acts of indiscipline that cost them dear while they were a man short following two separate yellow card incidents when Welsh scored their tries.

Knights were a completely different team mentally for this match as they took the game to their illustrious opponents.

I had a great day at Castle Park last Sunday at our mini-rugby festival and I went down to support my grandson Alex who plays for the Under 11s. The festival involves all six of our younger age groups from Under 7 to Under 12 playing in tournaments against teams from all directions – Otley, Hull Ionians and Rotherham to name but three.

It was super to see upwards of 400 youngsters – male and female – having such a great time, and of course the warm weather helped.

My best memory was looking at our main pitch and seeing the Under 7 and Under 8 teams milling around. They were dwarfed by the stand and the clubhouse but they all seemed to be having a whale of a time.

I stayed on for the Yorkshire v Lancashire Under 20 Northern final which we won comfortably.

The first 20 minutes was embarrassing as the only time that Lancashire got the ball was to restart the game as Yorkshire ran in four tries.

To say that the Lancashire pack were pummelled is an understatement and leading the way for the Tykes were two Doncaster props – Tom Francis who is registered with the Knights, and who had in fact played for them the previous day at London Welsh, and Adam Tamanis, currently with Phoenix but who will be joining Knights for next season.

This Saturday Knights are at home to London Welsh as the play off fixtures go into reverse and a keen encounter is awaited.