Doncaster Knights: Sam Olver looking forward to first meeting with Ampthill

Doncaster Knights will be hoping that fly-half Sam Olver's kicking game is on-song once more for Saturday’s Championship game away at Ampthill.

Thursday, 23rd January 2020, 10:00 am
Doncaster Knights v Bedford Blues. Doncaster's Sam Olver, pictured. Picture: NDFP-02-11-19-DoncKnightsvBedfordBlues-9

Olver booted Knights to a much-needed 16-15 win over Nottingham at Castle Park with a last-minute conversion.

Earlier, he had kicked three penalties for Clive Griffiths' side.

Some of those Doncaster supporters who had travelled up to Newcastle the previous weekend were probably surprised to see Olver playing after he was substituted in that game.

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“I suffered a head knock trying to save a try and failed the first HIA test but passed the second and after that I was pretty positive that I’d be fit for the Nottingham game," Olver said.

Looking ahead to Saturday’s game in Bedfordshire, Olver said: “We’ve never played against them so we’ll be breaking new ground.

“They’ve done very well in their first season in the Championship although they were well beaten at Ealing at the weekend.

"They’ve got some good players, including some internationals in their squad.

“They’ll be a tough side to beat but we’ll take some positives and some confidence from the win over Nottingham into the game.

“We aren’t where we want to be in the table.

“But we’ve only got ourselves to blame for that so there is pressure on us to win the next couple of games and start climbing up the table.

“We’ve got plenty of time to try and put things right and hopefully we can avoid the sort of injury problems we had in the first three months of the season.

“We are starting to get boys back now and starting to perform a bit better though we didn’t perform as we had hoped on Saturday.

“We kept coughing the ball up and giving possession away too easily.

“We probably didn’t always play in the right areas and you can’t afford to do that against decent side like Nottingham.

“They moved the ball well and put us under a fair bit of pressure.”

Olver added: “Sometimes in games things don’t go your way and you have to dig deep to stay in contention, which we did, and that gave us the chance to win the game late on.”