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Your News Doncaster Knights 28 - Rotherham Titans 22

After a blistering opening 10 minutes which saw the Knights score two tries (and have a third one disallowed due to a dubious forward pass decision), they failed to capitalise on their advantage and allowed Titans back into the game with two well taken tries of their own. A third Titans try 20 minutes from time put them in front for the first time in the match before intense pressure by the Knights saw them claw their way back in to the lead and a victory which gives them South Yorkshire gragging rights for a further few months.

After the disappointing performance last weekend, Knights Director of Rugby Lynn Howells opted for players with National Division One experience for the local derby against near neighbours Rotherham. Into the back division came Anthony Carter at fullback, Chris Hughes on the left wing and Bevon Armitage at centre. In the pack there was a recall for Richard List at prop and former Titan Dan Smith at lock with Bryn Griffiths switching to his preferred position in the back row. Former Titans Neil Cochrane, Chris Hallam and Jamie Lennard were all included amongst the replacements.

The Knights went ahead after only 2 minutes when scrum half Jamie Albinson broke through the middle of loose play on the halfway line centre field before linking up with his supporting number 8 Adam Kettle who, when tackled, passed to flanker Simon Grainger who fed full back Anthony Carter who in turn moved the ball to centre Bevon Armitage before taking his return pass to score himself for a superb try. Although fly half Ali Warnock missed the conversion, the Knights tails were well up and they piled the pressure on the visitors defence. After more attacks, the Knights were stopped just short but flanker Grainger was on hand to grab the ball to drive over with the support of Albinson for his sides second try which was converted by Warnock. By now the Knights were rampant and they were denied a try in the left hand corner for a doubtful forward pass after wave after wave of attacks had pierced the Titans defence. Shortly afterwards Warnock extended the Knights lead with a penalty before the visitors managed to get themselves on the scoreboard with a penalty by fly half Tom Barlow. Doncaster almost scored again after a good run by Kettle but his inside pass was intercepted by a Titans player inches from his own goal line. Titans won the rucked ball before moving the ball along their own goal line to outflank the Knights defence to put left wing Ernie Classens on a 80 metre run down the touchline before he passed inside to his supporting centre Chris Briers for probably one of the tries of the season. Barlows conversion brought his side back to within 5 points before Warnock extended the Knights lead with his second penalty. By now however the Titans were starting to play with some confidence and they put the Knights under intense pressure inside their own 22. Eventually they breached the Knights defence when Briers evaded his opposite number to score wide out and it was game on at half time with the score 18 points to 15 to the Knights.

The Knights had the better of the earlier second half exchanges with the Titans defence being penalised in their efforts to stop them. Warnock had three unsuccessful kicks at goal in the first 15 minutes of the half two of which hit the uprights before he was eventually successful with his fourth after 56 minutes. Rotherham came back at the Knights and, after winning a ruck about 40 metres out, slick passing to the left created some space to allow Classens to burst through two tacklers before passing to supporting flanker Tinus Du Plessis who ran around behind the posts to give Barlow a simple conversion which put his side into the lead for the first time in the game. The Knights had 20 minutes to recover the situation and, with all three of their ex-Titans replacements now on the field, they took the game back to their visitors. With 5 minutes left, the Knights won a lineout on the visitors 22 metre line and the ball was moved quickly to the left where the backs made some ground before supporting Knights skipper Kettle was on hand to drive the ball on towards the Titans line. Kettle was eventually dragged down inches short but the Knights won the ruck and ex-Titan dived over in the corner to take his side back into the lead. Ex-Titan Lennard on now at fly half rubbed salt in the wound with a superb conversion from the touchline. The Knights defence held out as the game went into 7 minutes of stoppage time to put the home supporters nerves on edge and the final whistle put the end to a game which the home side probably just about deserved to win.

After the game Lynn Howells said that a win was a win no matter how it was obtained and, although his side had made a number of mistakes, they had also played some good rugby at times. He realised that there were a number of areas that had to be worked on which he and the team would be addressing this coming week

Doncaster Knights: Carter; Bishop; Armitage; Tongauiha; Hughes (C); Warnock (Lennard 67); Albinson (Hallam 69); Tau (Cusack 47); Boden; List (Toke 63); Smith; Kenworthy; Griffiths; Kettle; Grainger (Cochrane 49) Subs not used: Jenkins; McColl

Rotherham Titans: Whitehead; Allen (Feeley 78); Briers; Hunt; Classens; Barlow; Chivers; Corsar; Horn (Conroy 61); ODonnell (Prescott 42); Challinor; Raven (McGowan); Jacobsz (Burrows 56); Du Plessis; Skurr Subs not used: West; Erskine

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