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Your News Doncaster Knights 26 - London Welsh 13

A hard fought but scrupulously clean match between two strong packs resulted in a good victory for the Knights that reflected the upper hand that they had in terms of territory and possession for a lot of the game. Previous games between these two ambitious sides have never really been classics but both showed glimpses of the sort of play they are capable of which resulted in a three try to two margin to Doncaster.

For the game Doncaster Knights Director of Rugby Lynn Howells made four changes to the side that had been victorious the previous weekend at Otley. In the backs, fit again Chris Hallam came in for Jamie Albinson whilst Tongan international Hudson Tongauiha was recalled at centre in place of youngster Steve McColl. There were also two changes in the pack with Steve Boden getting the nod over Simon Jenkins at hooker and fit again Bryn Grittiths coming in for Dan Smith at lock.

Doncaster Knights had the better of the early exchanges and they went ahead after only 3 minutes with a well struck penalty from 40 metres by full back Jamie Albinson. Although the Knights then spent the next 10 minutes camped in the Welsh half, it was the visitors who scored next when, in only their second excursion into the home half, their fly half Aled Thomas kicked a simple penalty to bring the scores even. As the two packs tore into each other and big hits were the order of the day, two London Welsh players and one from Doncaster ended in the sin bin for technical offences. Whilst London Welsh were a man short, Knights scored the games opening try Wave after wave of Knights attacks were thwarted by the Welsh defence but eventually a long floated pass by fly half Ali Warnock to big lock Griffiths gave him to opportunity to dive over unopposed in the corner. With both sides kickers having an off day with the boot there was no other score before the interval which came with Knights leading by 8 points to 3.

Doncaster extended their lead after only 3 minutes of the restart with a well struck penalty from close to the right touch line by Lennard but, with the Knights themselves now down to 14 men, it was their turn to defend for their lives. London Welsh were awarded a scrum on the right some 25 metres out and they moved the ball quickly to the left where two dummy runners checked the Knights defence before a quick flick pass by their full back Mark Harris gave winger Tom Rock just enough space to dive over in the corner for his sides opening try. Back to full strength shortly afterwards, it was the Knights turn to take the game back to their visitors and from a scrum a burst through two defenders by powerful centre Tongauiha saw the crowd favourite evade two more despairing tackles as he headed for the posts for a try that gave Warnock a simple conversion. Warnock extended the Knights lead with a well struck 35 metre penalty from wide out before the Welsh got back into the game with their second try as the end of the game approached. After several Welsh attacks were stopped by the Knights, the ball was eventually moved to the right where their former England winger Paul Sampson had space to dive over unopposed in the corner. The Knights came straight back and attacked the visitors from a lineout. After the first attack by the backs was stopped, the Knights pack took the ball on and, when they were stopped just short, the ball was quickly moved to the right to give winger Wez Davies an overlap to dive over in the corner for the last score of the game.

Although this could be described as another ugly win for the Knights they showed what they were capable of when they opted to move the ball instead of kicking it. Certainly all three Knights tries were excellent scores and the result keeps them on track for their target of a top four finish at the end of the season.

Doncaster Knights: Lennard (Carter 59); Davies W (McColl 26 30); Armitage; Tongauiha; Van Vuuren; Warnock; Hallam (Albinson 50); Davies T; Boden; Tau (Cusack 47); Kenworthy; Griffiths; Afu; Planchant (Kettle 68); Cochrane Subs not used: Jenkins; Smith D

London Welsh: Harris; Sampson; Murchie; Mackey; Rock (Lewis-Pratt 75); Thomas; Walker (Chilten 67); Beech; Vulisunia (OMeara 67); Doran-Jones (Liffchack 71); Corker (Ratu 67); Powell; Mills; Brown; Ellis (Audley 65) Sub not used: Hopkins

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