Doncaster Knights: Chris Planchant marks his milestone

Doncaster Knights' Chris Planchant. Picture: Malcolm Billingham D0401MB
Doncaster Knights' Chris Planchant. Picture: Malcolm Billingham D0401MB

Long-serving Chris Planchant had a chance to thank the Doncaster Knights faithful on Saturday as he marked his 101st appearance for the club.

The stalwart hit his century appearance for the club last weekend in their away victory at Worthing, but had the opportunity to soak up the applause as he led out the Knights against Cinderford at Castle Park on Saturday.

“What a great servant for the club, an absolute stalwart,” said Clive Griffiths on his back rower.

“He’s a fantastic player and can take you on single-handedly, he’s not afraid of anybody on the pitch.”

Planchant, who returned to the Knights last year following Doncaster’s injury problems, had retired from full time rugby at the end of last season before moving to Doncaster Phoenix so he could concentrate on his teaching career.

The Welshman took Knights’ number five shirt on at the weekend as he helped drive the side to an emphatic 62-28 win over Cinderford.

Doncaster’s tries came from Mat Clark 2, Jamie Lennard 2, Tyson Lewis 2, Michael Hills, Glenn Bryce and Dougie Flockhart.

Lennard also kicked seven conversions with a 33rd minute penalty to add to his terrific total on Saturday afternoon.

Cinderford did level the scores at 7-7 early on through a solid Nev Codlin try along with Mark Davies’ extras.

However, further scores from Michael Wilcox, Christopher Bundy and Lance Randall - along with another Davies and Thomas Law conversions - were not enough for the Gloucestershire side.