Glimmer Of Hope For Our Brave Knights

It's 24 hours later and ickledot's still coming down from the excitement of the Rugby Union Championship Play Off Final (First Leg) last night in Doncaster. Sad to say, it didn't quite go as hoped and a few glum faces at the end matched the grey damp evening.

Declan Cusack: First Points

It began quite well for the Knights as first points came to them through the boot of Declan Cusack, followed not too long after with a try from centre Will Hurrell. His continued good form proved to be a highlight of the evening. That try was his third in as many consecutive matches and, since the semi-final against Yorkshire Carnegie, his work has rightfully earned him the club's Player Of The Season title. 

Birth Of A Try: Edging Forward

Michael Heaney Looks For A Pass Inside

Will Hurrell Breaks Through

Joy All Round

Bristol were not to be beaten easily though. They enjoyed long periods of possession, moving ahead with a try of their own, although the Knights were able to wrestle back a slender lead with a penalty that was the last action of the first half.

Vili Veikoso: Late Push With Support From Tyson Lewis

Vili Veikoso: Late Push With Support From Tyson Lewis

It has to be said, Bristol were superior in the second half. They scored a massive seventeen points without reply, giving them a lead of 15 points to take into the second leg next Wednesday, the final score being 13-28. You can read a more detailed report on the Knights' website.

Matt Challinor Nears The Line

It's going to be tough undoubtedly for the Knights next week but the fighting spirit they displayed towards the end of the game last night does give them a slim chance. They were so close to the try line in the closing seconds, a try that would have perhaps brought them within seven eight points of their opponents. If such a score can be manufactured in the early minutes of the second leg, who knows what might happen?

And whatever occurs we mustn't forget the Knights have had a great season and much to be proud of, not least being Yorkshire's top side. And it was a great night with almost 5000 people in attendance. And there's one more throw of the dice …