Den Haag Knights Show The Way As Rugby League Grows In Holland

Den Haag Knights Team Photo

Den Haag Knights Team Photo

I am always excited to hear of new clubs being formed and when it is one of your own that is growing the game on the continent, it is that much more special.From discovering the game with the North Herts Crusaders in Hitchin in their innaugral year Bonne Wilce went to the Netherlands to study at Den Haag University. Bonne went on to establish a new club wioth the help of some other enthusiasts and this weekend they had their first ever match against a established club The Rotterdam Pitbulls. It is great to see the game growing throughout Europe.

Thank you Bonne Wilce for the m,atch report for the fist ever game for the Den Haag Knights.

 

Den Haag Knight’s vs Pit bulls

18th of April 2015 marked the first appearance of the Den Haag Knight’s in their debut game against the well-established Rotterdam Pitbulls.

The Knight’s took to the field unsure what to expect from the Pitbulls, their heavy loss against Brussels made a few think it would be an easy game.
From the kick off the Pitbulls threw everything they had at the Knight’s the 20 minutes barrage was met by the Knight’s strong as steel defence. Alas the Pitbulls pressure did result in a Try, converted.

Now the Knight’s regrouped; although for of the players this was their first ever rugby league game. The Knight’s knew what had to be done.
A nice deep kick from Tui Boseniyasana put us in their 30. 2nd phase in and a stunning interception and 30 meters made by Frank Longhurst provided the Knight’s possession followed by a tremendous hand off by Devin which broke the defensive line and resulted in the Knight’s first ever try.

Den Haag Knights V Rotterdam Pitbulls

Den Haag Knights V Rotterdam Pitbulls

Restart; kick straight out by the Pitbulls giving a penalty and Knight’s ball. Big hits up the middle from Joost, Jordan and Misa comfortably passing the gain line each time. Turnover in the 20, the Knight’s defence now proving to be an offensive weapon, locking up tackles and driving the Pitbulls back. Cracking under pressure the Pitbulls give up possession in the danger zone to a yet again stunning interception by Frank Longhurst providing the Knight’s with plenty of phases for Bonne Wilce to crash though the line and provide a cheeky offload to Thomas Farrell securing the 2rd try
Half time, 8-6
Time for new tactics the Pitbulls responded to the Knight’s crash balls by narrowing the defence. Now was the time to open up and let Thomas Farrell burst down the wing for the 3rd try. Sadly disallowed as he clipped the touch flags.
Not disheartened the Knight’s regain possession at a scrum at the 20. Ball played to stand off Ian Thompson who decided to bring his premiership plays to the BNRL and pulled off a beautiful dummy and back inside to Bonne Wilce, scoring the 3rd try uncontested. Tui converts.

Score 14 -6

Den Haag Knights V Rotterdam Pitbulls

Den Haag Knights V Rotterdam Pitbulls

The Pitbulls now step up their game determined for a win; decide they will go wide they meet Patrick and Wouter in the centres whom make it clear that going wide is going to be hard.
Pitbulls loss ball control in the Knight’s 20 Devin quickly reacts and collects the ball and break loose to score an 80 meter try.
The Pitbulls now working harder than ever and with fresh legs on the pitch pummel the knight’s defence eventual managing to brake the steel shield and score a try, converted.
Keeping up the momentum the Pitbulls create an overlap and squeeze another quick try in the Conner

Score 18 – 16
70 mins in and the Knight’s are wearing down the hot day and no subs are really testing the teams resolve. Determined to win their debut game, the Knight’s up the pace with Paul L dirkzwager making 4 consecutive tackles; then providing quick turn over at the half way, giving another opportunity to go wide and allowing Thomas farrel to score the 5th try.

10 mins to go score 22-16: The Pitbulls making full use of their subs launch a final offence to try and even the score. Breaking wide again the Pitbulls are met by right winger matt who stops the offensive. The Pitbulls now desperate to get a finish with a try now hit it up though the forwards. Tired and on the back foot the Knight’s try their best to hold the Pitbulls back, but their big lads break though in the last play.
Final score 22-20,

Man of the match goes to Ian Thompson.
Coming out of retirement to make up the numbers and playing like a 20 year old!

Boone Wilce makes a tackle for the Den Haag Knights

Boone Wilce makes a tackle for the Den Haag Knights

The Knight’s had managed to secure their first win in the BNRL championship, with the Pitbulls putting up a courageous fight and almost stealing the game from under our feet.
3 weeks until the top of the table show down between Brussels gorillas and the den Haag Knight’s.
The gorillas are going to hit hard and play fast; the Knight’s need to get some strong numbers at training in the next few weeks if we want to achieve victory on the 9th

If you would like to join the Knight’s or perhaps you are interested in sponsoring the club in this rapidly growing sport.
Please contact
RugbyLeague@denhaagknights.com
or come to training
every Wednesday at the Haagsche rugby club 20:00 till 22:00