A Knights Tale: Chris Hallam

Doncaster Knights' Chris Hallam.
Doncaster Knights' Chris Hallam.

DONCASTER Knights skipper Chris Hallam gives his thoughts on a reunion with former club Rotherham this weekend.

“As a former Rotherham player, this weekend’s derby is much more than a normal fixture to me and we are desperately seeking a return to winning ways.

There will be no mercy shown from the Knights, who will hopefully come away with the local bragging rights.

This clash is very important to the fans – a lot of them make the trip to Clifton Lane and we want to give them something to cheer as we’ve had a few setbacks of late.

We were in control for long periods against London Welsh, but we dropped off in the second half.

Our concentration and lack of ability to finish games off has become a bit of an issue and it’s something we need to address urgently.

The cup game against Ulster was a bad result – our team was thrown together a bit, but that’s not an excuse for how we performed.

Saying that, there are some positives to take from the last few weeks – Latu Makaafi has been playing really well lately and our new signing Fred Burdon displayed a lot of promise on his debut in Belfast.

I’m enjoying the captaincy of the squad and the lads have responded well to me, which is encouraging.

The results so far this season have been quite strong, but nothing to do with my leadership.

Going back to Rotherham as skipper will make me very proud and I hope we can reverse our table positions in a tough encounter.”

For more from Chris Hallam, see this week’s Free Press, out now.