Doncaster Knights: Canadian duo make their point

Tyler Hotson
Tyler Hotson

Having failed to make the Canadian World Cup squad Jon Phelan and Tyler Hotson both felt they had something to prove against Cornish Pirates.

“There had been a lot of competition (for second-row places) between Tyler and myself and (Pirates) Bret Beukeboom and we were both really up for the game,” said Phelan.

“With Pirates having two other members of the team it was a battle of the Canadians and it was nice to come out on top.

“I thought we dominated up front and I don't think that they brought a great deal to the table. We didn't have to dig deep to defend their rolling mauls like we'd been preparing for.”

Phelan, who posted one of his best performances in a Doncaster shirt, admitted: “It was disappointing to miss out on the final cut having worked so hard in the summer but we are professionals and we've moved on and it's in the past.

“It's probably helped having had us both here and the club has made a great start.

“We finished last season well and we've taken that momentum into the current campaign and we've just got to try and keep it going.

“Just as I still think I've still room for improvement in my own game - though I don't think I'm far off last season's form - there is also room for improvement in how the team is playing and we have to learn from our mistakes even if we've won like last Saturday.

“But we're obviously pleased how things are going and the backs and forwards are combining well.

“We are certainly happy to be in the top four in what is proving to be a strange league this season in terms of results.

“London Scottish, who set off well, have lost their last two games against teams they probably expected to beat which will make them even more dangerous on Saturday.

“If they hope to finish in the top four they really can't afford to lose three games in succession so they need to get a result and we are going to have to be at our best.”