Donny preview

below par.
By Alamo
December 28 2017

This Friday night, under the Castle Park lights and in view of the Sky Sports cameras, Carnegie face Doncaster Knights in the Greene King Championship. The match also counts as one of the 6 Yorkshire Regiment Trophy matches. 

Castle Park is an excellent venue for Championship rugby but has been a barren ground for us in recent times: I can recall one draw and the “winning” of the second leg of a play-off match as our only escapes from defeat in the past five years. Add to this the feeling that we usually underperform when on live TV and you can see that this local derby fixture is a serious challenge. The weather may also play a part as snow is forecast for Friday morning although there should be a rapid thaw. 

With 12 matches played, Carnegie are currently 4th in the Championship, with 7 wins, one draw and 35 points. Donny have 32 points gained from 5 wins and one draw. Both teams won last week, though in very different circumstances. Doncaster easily beat bottom of the table Rotherham whereas Carnegie narrowly beat a Nottingham side who were above them in the table. The two sides played at Headers in September with Carnegie winning 15 – 9. 

Doncaster seem to be having a below-average season, take away their two Roth victories and they have won only three times from 10 games. Carnegie are clearly not the force they were last season, but after a slow start due to a lack of pre-season games they seem to have found a way to win tight matches and have slowly climbed into the top four. Taking the positives from last Saturday’s game, the forwards were very strong and I am sure a few Jimmy Lowes rockets will have been fired at the backs during this week’s training sessions. 


  1. The match to go ahead. Sky have spent a fortune setting up cameras! 

  1. Carnegie forwards as last week 

  1. Carnegie backs, changes from last week: Davies at 10, Lucock and Burdon at centre. 

  1. Carnegie to win by 5 

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Donny preview
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Date: 28/12/2017 09:41

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Re: Donny preview
Posted by: Wildwillie (IP Logged)
Date: 28/12/2017 14:16

Neeg's team:

15. Chris Elder
14. George Watkins
13. Andy Forsyth
12. Tom Casson
11. Stevie McColl
10. Alex Davies
9. Will Homer
1. Marc Thomas
2. Joe Buckle
3. Charlie Beech
4. Jack Whetton
5. Mike Myerscough
6. Ben West
7. Richard Mayhew (c)
8. Richard Beck

16. Harry Newborn
17. Charlie Capps
18. James Thraves
19. Ollie Stedman
20. Josh Bainbridge
21. Max Green
22. Fred Burdon

Re: Donny preview
Posted by: JDH (IP Logged)
Date: 28/12/2017 22:17

Great to see Davies back. I think the centres are lucky to keep there place but hopefully it will be an improved offensive performance.

Re: Donny preview
Posted by: Wildwillie (IP Logged)
Date: 28/12/2017 22:28

On paperthat looks a good side but Casson & Forsyth have failed to cut the mustard on so many occasions now that I am not at all confident.Beck at 8 again showing his versatility .

I cannot see why this team should lose on Friday.

Re: Donny preview
Posted by: JDH (IP Logged)
Date: 29/12/2017 08:53

Let's see if the centres improve not Davies is back.

I reckon the crowd numbers will be hit with this weather.

Re: Donny preview
Posted by: almostatyke (IP Logged)
Date: 29/12/2017 19:21

I think you have made a very valid point JDH - we are criticising the centres but perhaps Pistol Pete, for all his excellent effort and physicality in the 10 role, has not understandably been able to create many opportunities for Casson and Forsyth to exploit.
With Davies back tonight, I hope they have a stormer!

Re: Donny preview
Posted by: Wildwillie (IP Logged)
Date: 29/12/2017 22:29

A win! Hurrah.

Re: Donny preview
Posted by: Madtyke (IP Logged)
Date: 29/12/2017 23:02

Davies certainly got the line moving and when Green came on for Homer the pace improved dramatically. Homer is good but got himself isolated on one of his spurts and Donny turned the ball over and scored an excellent try in the corner.


Re: Donny preview
Posted by: almostatyke (IP Logged)
Date: 30/12/2017 11:30

The Red Card:


Seemed pretty clear cut to me.

Re: Donny preview
Posted by: Madtyke (IP Logged)
Date: 30/12/2017 11:44

Definite Red card by the letter of the law but the TMO made the ref make the decision despite tellung rhe TMO that he couldn't see the replays. What a Wuss glad he sits in a van and not in the middle.


Re: Donny preview
Posted by: oopnorth (IP Logged)
Date: 02/01/2018 10:06

I thought it was a great game to watch and a good advert for the Championship. Shame playoffs have been deemed good enough for the Premiership top club but not for the Championship.

Re: Donny preview
Posted by: almostatyke (IP Logged)
Date: 13/01/2018 11:51

Re: Donny preview
Posted by: yeldor (IP Logged)
Date: 13/01/2018 14:40

They mean three weeks from the 29th surely ?

sent off carried off never backed off

Re: Donny preview
Posted by: almostatyke (IP Logged)
Date: 13/01/2018 17:04

Not much of a sanction if is he is free to play from the day of the offence - obviously wrong, but worryingly, this is the rfu official website!

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