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Doncaster Knights Director Rugby Lynn Howells plans to give his strongest squad a good workout against Magners League and Heineken Cup side Glasgow Warriors were thwarted with a continuation of the injury/illness problems that have handicapped his side for the past two weeks. Such was the problem in the backs that Howells had to recall winger Donavan Van Vuuren out of retirement, include centre Bevan Armitage just out of his sickbed and borrow John Buchanan from Sheffield Tigers as part of the link-up between the two South Yorkshire clubs. In the pack, the Knights were down to three fit props with Cusack, Corsar and Davies all injured. For their part the Warriors paid the Knights the complement of putting out their full squad with 12 internationals.

The Knights went into an early lead through a penalty by fly-half Ali Warnock and things looked good for the home team as their pack took the game to their illustrious visitors. Unfortunately this did not continue as Warriors centre Peter Horne ghosted through a gap in the Knights midfield for a try that was converted by Scotland’s Dan Parks. The Knights pack obviously caused some concern to the Warriors management as, after 15 minutes, they brought on 6’ 8” skipper Alistair Kellock in at lock to steady things. The Warriors extended their lead somewhat fortuitously after 20 minutes when a kick through ricocheted into the path scrum half Mark McMillan for his sides second try that was again converted by Parks. At this point Knights prop Ngalu Ta’u had to leave the field injured to be replaced by 19 year old Lewis Theide who was by no means overawed by the occasion and gave a good account of himself. Although the Warriors had the better of the final 20 minutes of the half they were unable to pierce the Knights defence who more than held their own.

For the second half, the Warriors brought on the remainder of their internationals including British Lions scrum half Chris Cusiter and they proceeded to give the Knights defence a stern examination. After only 3 minutes replacement centre Dave McColl found a gap in the Knights midfield to score his first try and from then on it was pressure time for Doncaster as the Warriors tried everything to breakdown the home defence. After resisting everything for the next 25 minutes, the Knights finally succumbed and the Warriors scored three tries in the last 10 minutes through McCall again, Tom Evans and Graham Morrison, two of which were converted by Ruaridh Jackson.

After the game, Howells reflected on the pace and power of the Glasgow team which illustrated the level the Knights have to aspire to if they have to achieve their premiership ambitions. He complemented his pack on the way they refused to back down to their Glasgow counterparts and praised the way his depleted back division competed against their talented opponents. He said that whilst there had been mistakes made, there was nothing that could not be ironed out before their first Championship game at home to Bedford on September 5th when he hoped that winger Doug Flockhart, centres Hudson Tonga’uiha and Chris Briars, scrum half Nicky Griffiths, prop Tom Davies, hooker Tom Doughty and back row Adam Kettle would all be available for selection.

Doncaster Knights: R Davies; A Wright; B Armitage; S McColl, D Van Vuuren; A Warnock, C Hallam, N Ta’u, S Lawrie, T Toke, G Kenworthy, G Townson, B Griffiths, A Boyde, S Grainger, Replacements: J Buchanan, W Du Randt, M D’Arcy, J Brooks, L Theide, D Smith, N Cochrane, M Lowcock

Glasgow Warriors: B Stortoni; R Dewey, P Murchie, P Horne, C Shaw; D Parks, M McMillan; J Va'a, P MacArthur, H Mitchell, T Barker, D Turner, C Forrester, J Beattie, J Barclay. Replacements: E Kalman, K Tkachuk, J Welsh, D Hall, A Kellock, K Brown, R Vernon, C Cusiter, C Gregor, R Jackson, D McCall, G Morrison, T Evans, H O'Hare, C Kinloch.

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