A Knight’s Tale: Ben Toft

Ben Toft
Ben Toft

It was a great win for us over London Scottish last weekend, especially as they had fought well to get back in the game.

Hopefully it’s a result which can push us on to climb the table.

I relished the opportunity to start the game as my season got off to a bad start when I picked up an injury during the pre-season friendly campaign and was forced to have a knee operation called an arthroscopy.

By the time I returned to match fitness the back three had established their starting births and they’ve been playing well ever since.

But the squad has suffered with injuries lately and this has given me a chance to get into the mix again.

On Saturday I played on the right wing and during the dying minutes of the game I managed to finish a great piece of play; Dougie Flockhart put me in with a quality pass before I touched down in the corner to secure our 25-20 win.

I’ve arrived at the Knights via Leicester Tigers and Coventry, and I have also played on the continent for Oyonnax; based between Lyon and Geneva.

It was a great experience playing in France and has developed my game tenfold as well as my intelligence as I was forced into speaking fluent French!

I met Brett Davey when he was coaching at Coventry and when he offered me the chance to come to Doncaster Knights I jumped at the opportunity to link up with him again after a successful spell in the Midlands.

The dressing-room banter is great here.

We’ve got good team morale and I’ve met some very colourful characters, evident targets being that of Alex Brown, Michael Noone and Brown bear (Andy Brown) who struggle to gain the linguistic prowess needed to banter with the best.

I’m enjoying being at the club – I don’t live in Donny, but travel from Derbyshire and I have a strong ambition to see the Knights grow.

We have the best facilities in the Championship by far and all the players know they are lucky to be here.

I suppose we are a bit spoilt with our training and playing environment.

But most importantly, we need the town to get behind us – the fans who come are terrific, we just want more.

Looking ahead to Christmas it’s set to be a busy time in the rugby calendar with a big game against local rivals Leeds Carnegie on Boxing Day.

It’s a local derby so we need as much support as possible so we can overtake them in the table.

Maybe one day the club can rise to a similar level to my hometown club of Leicester Tigers with a giant fan base.

I’m just enjoying the season so far and I really hope I have a future at this club.