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DONCASTER KNIGHTS v BEDFORD BLUES. 2.30pm Saturday at Castle Park.

Following their morale boosting win away at Bristol last Sunday, Doncaster Knights young squad will be looking to build on their performance when they entertain high scoring Bedford Blues at Castle Park on Saturday. Although the Knights only scored two tries in the encounter with Bristol, such was the pressure they put the home side under that they could easily have scored at least another three.

Bedford come to South Yorkshire in second place in the Championship and as its leading try scorers with 13 having beaten Plymouth at home by 51 points to 3 and Esher by 31 points to 9 whilst losing away (with the last play of the game) to Rotherham Titans by 19 points to 16. Their leading try scorers are their Canadian international full back James Pritchard and wing Oliver Dodge, both of whom have three. Pritchard is also Bedford’s leading points scorer with 48. Defensively Bedford have only conceded one try!

The Knights, for their part, have scored have scored 5 tries, three of which were by winger Matt Williams. Fly half Tristan Roberts is the Knights’ leading points scorer with 29. The Knights have conceded 8 tries but last Sunday showed clear signs that the relatively new and young squad were quickly coming to terms with the defensive patterns required by their coaches.

The Knights have played the Blues five time before at home previously winning three times. In November 2008, the Knights beat the Blues by 50 points to 21 with probably the best first half of attacking rugby ever seen at Castle Park. Last season, during their disastrous, injury-ridden start, the Knights lost at home to the Blues by 26 points to 12 but turned the tables on them in February when, with a full side available, they won away by 23 points to 12.

The Knights return to Castle Park looking to show their supporters the type of rugby they are capable of and knowing that they will need to be at their best against the free scoring Blues. They will be looking to their pack to repeat their performance against Bristol and deny Bedford possession whilst presenting their own backs the sort of ball that they started to give them last Sunday.

Castle Park will open its gates at noon for home and visiting supporters with its famous Cow Pie and Tetley’s Bitter available both in the main Clubhouse Bar and in the Concourse, with its 72 foot bar, under the DML Stand.

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