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Your News Sedgley Park 3 - Doncaster Knights 41

Doncaster Knights put in a much improved performance for a bonus point win in spite of playing in poor conditions against a Sedgley Park side with such scant disregard for the laws of the game that they were lucky not to have had a procession of players into the sin bin. As it was they gave Knights fly half Jamie Lennard the opportunity to build on his burgeoning reputation as goal kicker.

For their trip across the Pennines, the Knights Director of Rugby Lynn Howells changed his entire front row with Tongan international prop Toma Toke getting his first start of the season in place of Richard List, former Exeter hooker Simon Jenkins coming in for the injured Steve Boden at hooker and Michael Cusack replacing Ngalu Tau at prop. In the back row Chris Planchant returned after injury at No 8 with Tongan international Josh Afu switching to flanker to allow Bryn Griffiths to move into the second row in place of Dan Smith who dropped to the bench. Scrum half Jamie Albinson played against his old club whilst the Knights came up against their former players Johnny Roddam, James Jones and Ollie Cook. In addition, Park included Doncaster Rugby League player Josh Weedon.

Doncaster played into a strong drizzle ladened wind in the first half but in spite of this scored twice in the first 8 minutes through a penalty and excellent drop goal from 40 metres by Lennard. Although Sedgley Park then got themselves on the scoreboard with a penalty by their fly half Phil Jones, nullified this score with his second penalty almost immediately afterwards. After 25 minutes, on just about their first serious attack, a poor Park pass to the right was intercepted on his own 10 metre line by Knights left wing Donavan Van Vuuren who raced 60 metres unopposed for his sides opening try. Lennard converted this try as well as kicking two more penalties before half-time as Sedgley Park fell foul of the referee.

Turning around 22 points to 3 ahead and the wind and rain at their backs the Knights were immediately on the attack and after a series of drives at the Park line hooker Simon Jenkins crashed over form his first try for the Knights that Lennard converted. The Knights came straight back and lock Bryn Griffiths showed his all round skills by taking a pass, putting in a grubber kick behind the Park defence and then beat the covering defence to score in the corner. The Knights now piled on the pressure and, on 60 minutes, Griffiths won a good, quick line out and the ball was moved to the left where the Knights Tongan international centre crashed over near the posts for his sides bonus try. Lennards conversion proved to be the final score of the game as both sides used their full quota of replacements and the weather deteriorated.

The final score of 41 points to 3 to the Knights could have been significantly higher but for Sedgley Parks continual infringements and the adverse weather. From the Knights perspective their defence was a big improvement on previous matches this season as they drove into tackles with relish. In previous games against the lower teams in the table the Knights gave away simple tries but today their defence was excellent. On the occasions that Sedgely Park did get clear they were hunted down by a Knights side intend on keeping a clean sheet.

Sedgley Park: Riley; Swatkins; Hall (Taffa 52), Weedon; Wilcock; Jones (Urmston 71); Wilkinson; Gazzola (Evans 68); Roddam (Roberts 71); Du Plessis (Livsey 74); Fourie (Crous 49); Townson; Jones, Newton (Williams 62); Cook

Doncaster Knights: Carter (Warnock 69); Davies W; Tonguiha; Armitage; Van Vuuren (Hughes G 71); Lennard; Albinson (Hallam 59); Toke (List 18); Jenkins; Cusack (Davies T 73); Kenworthy (Smith 62); Griffiths; Afu; Grainger (Cochrane 62); Planchant

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