Hartpury v Doncaster Knights - Ben Hunter targets hat-trick

if Doncaster Knights win tonight it will be the first time they have won their opening three league games since 2013-14 and promotion from National One.

Doncaster's Ben Hunter.

Hooker Ben Hunter had just signed from Cambridge back then and is one of the few players who still remain at the South Yorkshire club who have beaten Ampthill and Coventry in the Championship so far this term.

“I joined in the National One season and didn’t know that myself,” he recalled, ahead of this evening’s trip to his former club Hartpury.

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“It’s an interesting stat. That win against Coventry last week was the best we’d played – in patches – for a lot of seasons. It’s been a great start. But we’ve not put a complete 80-minute performance together yet so if we can keep building towards that and getting the victories at the same time, the remainder of this season is going to be exciting.”

Only founded in 2004 at Hartpury University, tonight’s opponents have enjoyed a meteoric rise from the 11th tier.

Hunter said: “I went to uni there and, if I’m honest, I always thought they would do this.

“With what they were doing then and what they were trying to build, there was no reason why Hartpury wouldn’t get to the Championship.

“They are a really good side. I expect it to be quite fast so it’s up to us to try and control the contacts and try and prevent them from playing too much.”

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