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Your News Rotherham 15 - Doncaster Knights 52

After turning around 15 points to 10 behind, 42 unanswered points in the second half gave Doncaster Knights a comprehensive victory over neighbours Rotherham Titans and South Yorkshire bragging rights for another season.

Doncaster Knights Director of Rugby Lynn Howells made a number of changes to the side that had started the previous league game two weeks ago. In the backs, skipper Justin Bishop moved to outside centre due to an injury to Brad Hunt giving Wes Davies the chance to reclaim a starting place after his three weeks suspension. At flyhalf Howells recalled leading scorer Mark Woodrow in place of Cerith Rees whilst at prop Tom Davies came in for the injured Ngalu Ta'u.

Titans started with the advantage with a strong diagonal wind but it was the Knights who had the early play. After a good run by Davies, they were awarded a penalty 10 metres out. Woodrow took a quick tap and fed the ball to supporting winger Donavon Van Vuuren who dived over for a try that Woodrow himself converted. The Knights continued to have the better of the play in spite of the adverse conditions and they extended their lead after 20 minutes when Woodrow dropped a goal. From the kick off Titans scored as the Knights misjudged the high ball in the swirling wind and, as it bounced loose, it was grabbed by left winger Geoff Griffiths who evaded two tackles to score wide out. This score obviously heartened the Titans and they started to put some phases together to put the Knights under pressure. After some excellent defence by the Knights, Titans recycled the ball to the left and lock Dan Smith evaded a tackle to score between the posts for s try that was converted by fly half Jonny West. A penalty by West after 30 minutes extended the Titan's lead and it was game on. However they were unable to capitalise on the wind as the Knight's defence held firm and their powerful pack started to get a real grip on the game. Titans cause was not helped when hooker Nigel Conroy was yellow carded for foul play just before half time.

Turning around with the strong wind now at their backs, and with Titans a man short, Doncaster quickly gained a lineout 5 metres out. The ball was won by man of the match Bryn Griffiths and the Knights pack drove over with hooker Steve Boden credited with the try which was converted by Woodrow with an excellent kick. 10 minutes later Knights scored again when No 8 Chris Planchant made 20 metres from a pick up from a scrum before linking with Woodrow who, when he was stopped just short, fed the ball to supporting flanker Simon Grainger who dived over to give Woodrow a simple conversion. Shortly afterwards the Knights scored an another try from a lineout drive, but this time on the other side of the field, with this time the scorer being No 8 Chris Planchant, again converted by Woodrow. Doncaster were now on the rampage and Rotherham could not hold them. After 61 minutes the Knights scored again. Rotherham had a lineout just inside their own half, the tap down ball was snapped up by replacement prop Toma Toke, on for Tom Davies, and he made several metres before slipping the ball inside to his fellow prop Richard List whose inside pass put Bryn Griffiths on an unstoppable 25 metre run to the line for a try that Woodrow again converted. With 15 minutes left it was the Knights turn to be left a man short as Boden was sin binned for foul play but this did not seem to effect the Knights and they scored yet again with 10 minutes to go. They won a ball in midfield and, after a good run by replacement hooker Ben Phillips, he linked up with Davies who put skipper Justin Bishop over for a try that Woodrow again converted. Now, it was all the Knights and the Titans could find no way out of their own half. When they tried one final attack, Wes Davies intercepted just inside the Titan's half who evade a tackle to score the Knight's final try which was converted by replacement fly half Cerith Rees.

After the game a delighted Lynn Howells said that the Knights had changed from a pick up and go style to moving the ball away quickly from the loose and it paid ample dividends for Doncaster. The Knights powerful pack, with the back row of Grainger, Planchant and Griffiths to the fore were more than a match for the Titans and provided ample ball for their back division to at long last show their worth.

Rotherham Titans: E Classens; J Feeley; T Allen; M Lawson; G Griffiths (S Grissing 72); J West: N Chivers (C Hallam 55); S Corsar (J Kilblane 72); N Conroy (K Corrigan 61); A O'Donnell (P Boulton 51); D Smith (A Dunlop 61); L McGowan; B Jacobse; N Cochrane; R Burrows Sub not used: B Wade

Doncaster Knights: A Carter; W Davies; J Bishop (T Luke 73); S Davey; D Van Vuuren; M Woodrow (C Rees 76); B Jones (D Storey 76); R List (J Rawson 73); S Boden (B Phillips 69); T Davies (T Toke 60); G Kenworthy; L Gross; B Griffiths (O Cook 75); S Grainger; C Planchant

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