Knights confident of Premiership promotion

By Alex Rose

Doncaster Knights look to secure promotion to the Aviva Premiership as the most promoted team in rugby union when they take on Bristol Rugby Club tonight.

The Championship playoff final tonight kicks off at 7:30pm at Castle Road.

Bristol will be making their fourth appearance in the final in seven years while this is the Knights first final after finishing ninth last year.

Doncaster Knights Director of rugby Clive Griffiths is confident his side can upset the favorites, “We can beat Bristol, we know that and Bristol know that we can beat them.

“They know we are tough to beat, if we bring our class a game to the park we will be tough to beat and it will be one heck of a game.”

Doncaster who have made their way from North League 2 all the way to the championship will be looking to finish their underdog story with a promotion to the Aviva Premiership after finishing 9th last year.

For the third match running the Knights will stick with an unchanged XV after defeating Yorkshire Carnegie 44-34 over the two-leg tie.

Inform centre Will Hurrell will be hoping to make it 3 tries in as many games after crossing the line in both the home and away ties against Carnegie.

He is accompanied by fellow outside centre Mat Clark with flyers Tyson Lewis and Andy Bulumakun out on the wings. Dec Cusack and Michael Heaney start as the halfback pairing while Paul Jarvisv plays at full back to round off the backs.

Upfront Alex Shaw has recovered after sustaining a head Injury last time out at Castle Park and lines up with Michael Hill and Latu Makaafi in the back row.

Bristol Rugby head coach Andy Robinson has made 3 changes to his side after their six try 45-19 victory over Bedford Blues.

Jack Tovey, Marco Mama and Will Cliff have all returned to the side after missing the second leg against the Blues.

David Lemi captains the side which posses a wealth of experience with both ex-premiership and internationals Tom Varndell and Luke Arscott completing a dangerous backline.

Championship Player of the season Jack Lam will be looking to round off a great season with the clubs long awaited return to the Premiership after missing out on the previous three attempts.

Euan Antona

Second year Journalism Student at the University of Sheffield.

@EuanAntona

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