It was great to witness some of the last rugby of 2016 and also good to be back at Castle Park Doncaster. Following a win at local rivals Rotherham Titans on Boxing Day (the first at that venue since 2011), the Knights were keen to see out the year with a win.
This was very much on the cards as visitors Richmond are currently bottom of the league. Still, the work had to be done and Richmond have produced a number of shocks along the way, including a very narrow defeat to Yorkshire Carnegie. The Knights had to be confident though as their away encounter with Richmond had yielded a win and 57 points.
Must have been a home debut for Tongan international Jack Ram and it was fantastic to see club captain Michael Hills leading out the team following a long injury which has kept him on the sidelines for much of the season. Befitting his position as skipper, he clearly has an effect on the team's performance which goes way beyond his playing contribution and it's no coincidence that the team has won twice since his return.
Oops! That last sentence blew the result rather. The Knights came away with a convincing 34-3 victory which never looked in doubt following Mat Clark's first try, despite a period of offensive possession for the visitors in the opening quarter. Mat notched up two tries in all and was a constant threat in the Knights' attack, fully deserving his man-of-the-match award. Not quite sure of the other scorers (a dearth of reports online at the moment, due to it currently being New Year's Day) but hooker Ben Hunter looked every inch a winger as he burst down the right in the descending gloom, touching down in the corner in the closing minutes.
It was also a big day for winger Dougie Flockhart as his 14 with the boot pushed him over the line to becoming the club's all-time highest points scorer. Many congratulations to him.
A good day for ickledot too as he seemed to be in the right place for several of the scores and other significant action. Light is almost always an issue at this time of year but the Canon 7D Mk II performed brilliantly as usual. Quite a bit of noise on the image of Ben's try but it's acceptable. You'd rather have it than not, as they say. You can see a few more shots over on Flickr.
Hope everyone's having a great day today and if so, let that continue throughout 2017. Happy New Year!