Local Derby in Doncaster And A New Yorkshire Season Begins

This rugby weekend began with a hard fought local derby between Doncaster Knights and Rotherham Titans followed by the opening forays into the Yorkshire Under 20s campaign for the season.

As with many local derbies, this one was short on open attacking play, particularly in the opening minutes of the first half. Possession was generally shared but first points went to the Titans with two penalties giving them a six point lead.

Paul Jarvis went on to win Knights' man of the match award, deservedly so, and it was one of many penetrating runs (above) towards the end of the first half which led to the game's opening try for Michael Heaney.

Paul Jarvis: Post-match interview

Although Knights scored two further tries in the second half, including the one below from Tyson Lewis, finally emerging on the winning side with a score of 25-13, Titans pushed them all the way. At one point in the second half they were within a score of the home side and as the official match report from Connor Hickinbottom states, on another day it could have been very different.

Sunday morning brought bright blue skies, sunshine and a drive to Leodiensian Rugby Club for one of the first coaching sessions of Yorkshire U20's season. There was a good turn out, with representation not only from the present roster but also from those eligible for a couple of seasons to come. You can see more pictures of the session here.

Strange to think that the last Yorkshire U20 team picture ickledot took was at the hallowed stadium of Twickenham in May. On that day Yorkshire lifted the Championship trophy and, although its very early in the season and much work to be done, there's no reason why it can't happen again.

Another bit of encouragement might come from yesterday's game in Doncaster. Playing for the Titans at centre was Cameron Hudson.

Rotherham Titans' Cameron Hudson

Around two and a half years ago Cameron was in a similar position to the young players above. He played for Yorkshire U20 throughout a successful 2013-14 season which saw them ultimately losing narrowly to Northumberland in the Twickenham final. Here he is below scoring against Cheshire at Hull.

So although this early season coaching session might have seemed a tad low key and informal, who knows what it might lead to?