Doncaster Knights: There’s no video nasty where new lad Jacob is concerned

Jacob Woodhouse scored on his Knights debut against Hull Ionians.
Jacob Woodhouse scored on his Knights debut against Hull Ionians.

It seems the camera does not lie – at least where new Knights back Jacob Woodhouse is concerned.

There is only so much in-person scouting that can be done of a player plying his trade more than 10,000 miles away in the Sydney suburb of Manley.

Director of rugby Clive Griffiths was forced to turn to videos of the versatile back in order to make his decision.

And after Woodhouse’s try scoring 33 minute cameo against Hull Ionians before the festive break, Griffiths was pleased to discover he had not been conned by the highlights package.

“That performance was reminiscent of some the videos I’ve seen of him,” Griffiths said.

“He showed what he could do when he comes out wide and that’s only part of his game.

“He’ll add to us I’m sure.

“He’s strong on the ball as we saw with his try and he was robbed of another one by a decision.

“Jacob’s a big lad and he’s versatile so he’ll be an excellent addition for us.”

Woodhouse arrived in early December but required some settling in time after coming from temperatures in the mid 20s in Sydney to the icy winter winds at Castle Park.

Griffiths said: “We gave him two weeks to settle in and he’s done well in that time.

“For the first week he was still on the plane so he wouldn’t have been much use.

“But he’s shown us what he’s all about and we’re looking forward to seeing more.”

Towering Woodhouse came off the bench to play at full back against Hull but is adept across the backs.

The Knights could extend his stay beyond the end of the season.