Knights Rampant In Local Derby Deluge

Weird weather in Doncaster as the Knights made their home 'debut' in the 2017-18 league campaign. Having achieved a famous victory in the season opener at Jersey Reds, the Knights were keen to continue this success, particularly as the opposition was provided by local rivals Rotherham Titans.

Pre-match downpour failed to dampen the spirits. Lee Shaw (left) was to score Knights' first try

Following a couple of weeks of friendlies in preseason, it was also great for ickledot to be on the touchline for an encounter that really mattered. The elements had something to say before a ball was kicked in anger though, as the heavens opened and we were 'treated' to a late summer deluge. This was repeated at half-time with a slew of hail thrown in for good measure. Strangely, no rain fell during the game itself; the sun even shone for long periods throughout the match.

Knights' scrum half Michael Heaney touching down

Michael Heaney fends off during another penetrating run

As the Knights match report describes, the home side were on the attack from the outset, going ahead within minutes of the game starting. This continued as the Knights demonstrated a superiority in all areas. The forwards were dominant in scrum and maul while the backs broke the Titans' defence on a regular basis. 

Colin Quigley fully deserved his man of the match award - a thorn in the Titans' side all match

Another inspirational forward, Mat Challinor, finds time for a word 

The home side was well ahead at half-time and amassed a total of 44 points by the final whistle without conceding a single point. It was a great day.

Andy Bulumakau with his second try of the afternoon

Titans' Rhodri Davies juggles the ball as he seeks to find a way round the Knights' forwards

With so many attacks and scores there were photo opportunities galore; not always close to where ickledot was sitting but I was still able to capture some of the many dramatic moments. I'm still very pleased with the new Olympus OMD with 300mm lens. Both performed well although the jury's still out over whether the f4 aperture will be a drawback when the darker winter weather comes. That's it for now - I'll let you know when more pictures are available when the Knights have had their pick!

A clever pass from Tyson Lewis sets up another attack

A late scrum and the crowd are still rapt, shading eyes in the afternoon sun