Hill’s heroic ama­teurs take an­other huge scalp

The Rugby Paper - - Greene King Ipa Championship - ■ By LUKE JARMYN

A BAT­TLING try in the dy­ing min­utes by Rich­mond re­place­ment prop Wil­liam Goodrick-Clarke se­cured the win in a tan­ta­lis­ingly tight en­counter on Fri­day night.

Rob Kirby kicked 16 points and ex­tended his 100 per cent record to four games as the ama­teurs ended Knights’ five-year un­beaten run at the Ath­letic Ground in front of Rich­mond’s big­gest crowd of the sea­son.

Rich­mond di­rec­tor of rugby Steve Hill said: “It was heart-stop­ping. We did well in the first half and just stayed in it. We were strug­gling in the scrums and they came at us and got their four tries.

“It looked like they were go­ing to kick on in the last 15 min­utes but my boys have such a spirit and were fit­ter at the end. This is our best win this sea­son.”

Rich­mond took the lead in the first min­utes via the boot of Kirby and then pinned er­ror-strewn Don­caster deep for the first quar­ter of an hour.

Knights hit back with a 15-phase move but lock Matt Challi­nor could not get the ground­ing from a catch and drive.

Mo­ments later a quick throw-in by Rich­mond scrum-half Luc Jones to Kirby found its way to wing Martin Free­man, who whipped around Tyson Lewis to put the home-side ahead 13-0.

De­spite the penalty count go­ing against them, Don­caster then got two tries in four min­utes. On the 28th minute, a scrum penalty led to a kick to corner and prop Colin Quigley scored from a driv­ing maul.

A great swerve by full­back Charles Fo­ley opened up winger Tyson Lewis to rocket over in the left corner for the sec­ond.

A clever Jones box-kick led to a li­ne­out in Don­caster’s 22 and from there strong car­ry­ing forced a penalty which Kirby kicked to end the first half.

Don­caster came back, No.8 Aaron Carpenter dot­ting down from acatch and drive. Re­place­ment Thomas James made an im­me­di­ate im­pact, get­ting onto a break by Fo­ley to cas­cade through Rich­mond’s line and score the try-bonus point.

But Knights couldn’t hold on, and af­ter Rich­mond were twice de­nied tries due to un­clear ground­ing, it was third­time lucky when Goodrick-Clark squeezed him­self over in the 76th minute to seal their fourth home win on the trot.

Don­caster coach Paul Cooke said: “We prob­a­bly didn’t de­serve any­thing from the game. We started poorly and com­pounded er­ror upon er­ror. We got in front but our man­age­ment of the game cost us.”

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