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Your News Doncaster Kinghts 27 - Leeds Carnegie 12

Doncaster Knights came out on top in this South Yorkshire derby at Castle Park. Top of the table and unbeaten so far this season Leeds were rumbled by the home side thanks to tries from ever improving lock Dan Smith and Bevon Armitage along with fourteen points from the boot of stand off Jamie Lennard.

In the programme notes of player-coach Justin Bishop, he explained the importance of the Knights players putting in an eighty minute performance, referring to the game earlier in the season at Headingley when the Knights let a half time lead slip. Taking an 11-0 lead into the break this time they managed to keep control and come away with the win.

The game started with the visitors having the first real attack, Kearnan Myall breaking the line only to be caught & penalised in the Doncaster twenty two. Doncaster then had the first chance to get points on the board, after Juan Gomez was penalised at the scrum but Lennard put his penalty wide. It wasn't long before Lennard had a chance to redeem himself but he put his second effort wide too. Shortly after the half hour he did give the Knights the lead after Leeds captain Rob Rawlinson was sin binned for persistent offences at the breakdown. With the extra man the Knights were playing some good flowing rugby and after the ball had been moved quickly from right to left Dan Smith was on hand to touch down out wide. Unfortunately Lennard couldn't add the conversion in the windy conditions. The first half was brought to an end in surprising circumstances as Tongan centre Hudson Tonga'uiha found himself in fifteen metres out in front of the posts and calmly slotted over a drop goal.

Leeds came out for the second half looking sharper and had the better of the opening minutes. It wasn't long though before their indiscipline nearly hurt them again, by this point Leeds penalties conceded must have been two to one compared with Doncaster. Lennard's penalty attempt hitting the post this time. After this the tide seemed to change with Leeds struggling to get out of there own half & Lennard adding a further six points to the home sides lead. The first after the Knights forwards turned a line out in the Leeds twenty two and feeding the ball to their stand off for a drop goal & straight from the restart Leeds were penalised at the breakdown allowing Lennard to add a penalty. Leeds came close to scoring on the hour when they had a scrum right on the Doncaster line but the Knights pack forced the error and got the turnover. Shortly after Lennard was it again, adding three more points after Leeds fullback Leigh Hinton was caught with the ball after a good chase from the Doncaster forwards. With little over ten minutes to go the Knights forwards again made good ground into Leeds half and set up Lennard for a drop goal attempt which got charged down. Unluckily for Leeds the ball bounced backwards & Bevon Armitage ran through to touch down, Lennard added the conversion. In the final minutes the Leeds backs showed some of the skill that they have with two tries, one each for Leigh Hinton & Richard Welding after the ball had been moved along the line quickly catching the Knights defence out. The game was ended by the referee blowing for time just after Dan Smith came up with a great turnover in Leeds' half.

After the game Doncaster Director of Rugby was pleased with his sides efforts 'After last weekend it was a matter of being better in defence and attack, to put in a better performance than a side that's not lost all season is very pleasing'. 'I think that in these last two game we've shown that we are capable of playing against the top sides and being a real threat'.


Doncaster Knights: Carter, W Davies, Tonga'uiha, Armitage, Wright, Lennard, D'arcy, T Davies, Boden, Cusack, Smith, Kenworthy (C), Afu, Grainger, Planchant.

Replacements: Toke, List, Griffiths, Kettle, Hallam, Warnock, Van Vuuren.

Leeds Carnegie: Hinton, Welding, Hepworth, Barrow, Blackett, Di Bernardo, Bedford, McGee, Rawlinson (C), Gomez, Murphy, Pendlebury, Myall, Rowan, Oakley.

Replacements: MacDonald, Ma'asi, D Paul, Davidson, Mathie, H Paul, Goodridge.

Attendance; 2203.

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