Freddie Playford making one of his physical tackles

RUGBY LEAGUE: The Black Knights played away at Cambridge Lions last Saturday with both teams agreeing to an early midday start as the referee had to leave early.

With the game being played at noon instead of 2.30pm it made it hard for players to get to the game on time.

The Knights managed to scrape together 14 players to start the match, with the opposition having 18.

Both teams had a slow start, warming up by going through plays leading to a lot of tackling from both teams.

Captain Jaryd Bennett broke through the defensive line a few times, only to be tackled just before the try line.

The first try of the game was scored following some great individual play which led to the ball being passed to Quintan Houston who passed on to Jacob Clunan who then powered his way over the line to score.

Cambridge retaliated and scored their first try of the first half from a break in the Knights’ defence which saw them score under the posts.

Unfortunately, the Knights started the second half with 12 players due to a little scuffle before the half time whistle.

This did not deter them and Jaryd Bennett scored a further three tries with Rory O’Sullivan touching down.

However, the Cambridge Lions were able to score two tries as injuries and tiredness started to wear down the Knights.

Knights lost one of their big runners, Barry Scott, in the second half with a dislocated knee, leaving a big loss to the team, not only on Saturday, but for the rest of season.

The Knights had some brilliant stand out play from forwards Rory O’Sullivan, Daniel Nunn, Vitalius Truksinas, Barry Scott, Stuart Cairns, Joe Shirley, Jake Huggett, Chris Kent, Neil Langley and brilliant back work from Jaryd Bennett, Freddie Playford, Luke Cochrane, Quintan Houston, Stephen Aspery, Ed Crewe and Jacob Clunan.

The final score was 26-16 to the Knights.

New players are always welcome to training on Thursday evenings at 7pm West Norfolk Rugby Club, Gatehouse Lane, North Wooton.  Tomorrow (Saturday) the King’s Lynn the Knights host St Albans Centurions in the Cup semi-finals game with a 2.30pm kick-off.  All are welcome.