Not many Championship players get the chance to play in a national final – even less get to score a try.
Ben Hunter did just that for Doncaster Knights in Friday’s British and Irish Cup final against Worcester Warriors at Castle Park but it is scant consolation for the hooker as he reflected on a surprisingly emphatic 35-5 defeat.
“It was a disappointing result for us as we had fancied our chances going into the game,” said Hunter.
“I know it wasn’t their strongest side but it was basically the one they’ve played in the B&I Cup this season and it was better than the teams we played in both league games.
“They were so clinical in the first half and we just couldn’t get into the game and we came in trailing 29-0.
“We normally fly out of the blocks but they came at us from the first whistle and with our set-piece not going too well and the decisions going against us we found ourselves on the back foot after they had scored and just couldn’t get back into the game after that.
“When you find yourselves in the position you can let your heads go down or you can come out and give it your best shot.
“I think we did that and only lost the second half by a point.
“There wasn’t much between the two teams after the break and the key to that was our improved discipline and the fact that we kept the ball better.
“We hardly touched it in the first period and struggled to get out of our half.
“As I say it was disappointing, but the game’s behind us now and it’s time to focus on Saturday’s Championship derby at Rotherham.”