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Our history with…Doncaster Phoenix

Hull RUFC will make their third appearance in the Yorkshire Cup Final when they take on Doncaster Phoenix RUFC at Clifton Park, York, (7-30pm).

‪Doncaster Pheonix RUFC began their early life as Danum Pheonix and played their early league rugby in Yorkshire Divisions Five and Four. By season 2003/04 they are recorded as playing as Doncaster Pheonix and in 2005/06 were promoted into Yorkshire Three as runners-up to Aireborough. By 2010/11 they had risen to Yorkshire Two and they maintained their successes, winning promotion to Yorkshire One in 2012/13 finishing in third position that season. This was the start of their meteoric rise to their present level as they posted two back-to-back promotions, winning Yorkshire One in 2014/15 and North East Division One in 2015/16 to reach National Three North. They have found life in the higher division much more difficult and have been fighting against relegation for most of the season.

‪The first time Hull played Doncaster Phoenix was in a league fixture at Castle Park on 3 December 2016 when Hull ran out winners by 41-28 after a very tough game for us. Phoenix raced into an early 14-0 lead but by half-time Hull had recovered to lead 15-14. We then took a 27-14 lead before Phoenix again struck to take a narrow 28-27 lead which they held up to the 78th minute. Hull then played their ‘get out of jail’ card to score two very late converted tries to win a tense and absorbing game. ‪In the return game at the Ferens Ground on 8 April 2017 Hull scored nine tries in a 59-15 victory over Phoenix. At the end of the season Phoenix avoided relegation but in a geographical league reorganisation they were relocated into the Midlands Premier League.

This season they have had a much better season and have finished in sixth position in the Midlands division winning 14 and losing 12 of their league games. In this year’s Yorkshire Cup competition they had a walk-over win over Sheffield Tigers in the first round. In the quarter-final and semi-final they beat sides from the Northern Premier League, winning 22-21 at Ilkley and Harrogate by 22-19 at Castle Park.

Hull have won one and lost one of their two previous finals and will be looking for a second win on Wednesday night.

Norman Angell

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