Doncaster Knights: Hallam expects tough trip to Cinderford

Chris Hallam
Chris Hallam

They may have claimed top spot but Doncaster Knights scrum half Chris Hallam has warned his side can get even better, starting today at Cinderford.

Knights are one of only two sides, along with Loughborough Students, yet to taste defeat in SSE National League One this season.

Last weekend’s 38-17 win over Worthing Raiders made it three from three for Clive Griffiths’ men.

It proves a stark contrast in fortunes to last season’s relegation from the Championship and one which is very much welcomed by Hallam and his team.

Next up is a trip to mid-table Cinderford, and Hallam, who relived his younger days when he stepped off the bench to play as flanker last Saturday, believes the team can step it up a gear again.

“It was essential we got off to a good start, otherwise the doubt starts to creep in,” he said.

“We put pressure on ourselves to do well so it’s been a relief to start with three wins.

“It’s also nice to be experiencing winning again as last year was very painful for us.

“We set out to get promoted at the start of the season and we want to stay ahead in the league.

“But we have not really put together a full game yet. We have done it in parts for not for the whole 80 minutes. We set targets for ourselves and we want to reach our full potential.

“We are going to have a few sterner tests than we did on Saturday but Cinderford will be a tough place to go.

“It’s not going to be a running game of rugby, it will be a tough day.”

Confidence is high however among the squad, with the team stepping up to the challenge this season.

One player to have caught the eye of Hallam is inside centre Bevon, brother of England’s Delon and Steffon, who returned to Castle Park this summer following spells at Championship sides Moseley and Plymouth Albion.

“Bevon has been outstanding for us so far,” added Hallam.

“He is solid in defence with his tackling and is a handful in attack. He has a certain authority and is a very good communicator.

“You talk of players who talk the talk but he walks the walk too. You can tell that that he is an Armitage brother.

“I tipped Paul Jarvis to do well this year and he has but Bevon is probably my stand out man so far.”

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