Maul Away You Rolling Knights, Heave Away Maul Away!

"If you were out photographing the women of West Park Leeds on Sunday, where were you on Saturday?" ickledot hears you ask. "And why are you writing about the Sunday match before the Saturday again?" Well, as you'll have gathered from the headline, ickledot was on the touchline in Doncaster on Saturday, seeing the Knights overcome a solid and steadfast Nottingham.

Andrew Bulumakau encountering 'traffic'

A little agreement's been established that the Knights can use any of ickledot's photographs they need before ickledot publishes any; a kind of embargo you might say. It's quite good really that by today, Tuesday, all the match reports have been written, videos uploaded and you'll already know the result so there's no pressure in this column to describe the action in any detail. 

The Knights won, coming back from a two try deficit, on a rather dark afternoon. The ISO was high, photos a bit grainy, but at least the rain held off. The famous Knights' maul was on display once again, its relentless flow leading directly to three tries and contributing to other scores. Many prefer an open running game, wingers in flight down the touchline but ickledot likes a good maul every bit as much, especially when it's up close to the camera.

A player who featured through the lens and on the field was back row newbie (signed in August), Australian international Beau Robinson. Photos below show him pre-match, in the midst of a tackle (his head could be slightly out of focus but ickledot likes to think it's rapid movement caused by the strength of the hit) and making his mark in the maul which led to WillGriff John's second half try. The third shot shows Beau top left still pushing and WillGriff bottom right, about to ground the ball. He also featured in the try scoring maul shown above.

Also a forward, WillGriff John won the man of the match award and deservedly so. His try proved to be a winner, giving the Knights some breathing space at the end of this hard fought, bruising encounter.

You can see more pictures from the game over on Flickr.