Davies in to calm the nerves as Knights tri­umph

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - Sport rugbyunion -

DON­CASTER Knights made it two wins in a row at Cas­tle Park as they beat the league’s new­com­ers Lon­don Scot­tish in a seven-try thriller.

Be­hind at the break, they scored a fur­ther two tries in the sec­ond half through Dougie Flock­hart and Tom Davies to bag the ex­tra bonus point.

Lon­don Scot­tish got off to the bet­ter start and were 6-0 ahead in­side 10 min­utes af­ter show­ing their in­tent to run the ball and off­load, com­bined with lapses in the Knights de­fence, which gave Dan Mug­ford two easy penal­ties.

But then on their first visit to the op­po­nents’ 22, Knights hit back and flanker David Brad­ford forced his way over the line, Tom Luke con­vert­ing.

The Knights were re­duced to 14 men as Latu Makaafi saw yel­low for his try-sav­ing ef­fort out wide and Lon­don Scot­tish piled on the pres­sure and were even­tu­ally awarded a penalty try, con­verted by Mug­ford.

The vis­i­tors were able to add to their lead with the Ton­gan flanker off the field with re­place­ment Matthew Heeks scor­ing in the cor­ner.

Once it was back to a level play­ing field, the Knights were able to a grip again and Chris Hal­lam was able to scam­per through and score be­tween the posts in the fi­nal minute of the half, Luke adding the con­ver­sion.

For the first 20 min­utes of the sec­ond pe­riod, the Knights were all over the vis­i­tors.

The pack dom­i­nated at the scrum and gave Luke two fur­ther penalty chances which he took to edge his side back in front, ei­ther side of a yel­low card for Wil­liam Lipp for a late tackle.

A quick counter set Michael Keat­ing free and his kick down the line was fielded by Brad­ford, who popped the ball up to Flock­hart, who ran in to score.

Luke added the con­ver­sion and a penalty soon af­ter but he then turned from hero to vil­lian as his clear­ing kick was chased down and Mug­ford was on hand to grab a try, which he con­verted to close the gap.

Tom Davies was then on hand with just a minute left on the clock to go over in the cor­ner and fin­ish a swift team move, Luke adding the con­ver­sion which de­nied the vis­i­tors a point. Don­caster Knights: D McIl­waine, D Flock­hart, O Goss, P Gid­low, M Keat­ing, T Luke, C Hal­lam (C), S Cor­sar, J Ye­an­dle, A Brown, M Challi­nor, G Ken­wor­thy, L Makaafi, D Brad­ford, A Boyde. Re­place­ments: T Davies, A Brown, D Par­sons, Z Fari­varz, C Plan­chant, L Audis, M White­head. Lon­don Scot­tish: J Bordiss, R Penney, B Macdougall, G True­man (C), D How­ells, D Mug­ford, S Amor, A Clarke, A Kwas­nicki, L Thiede, S Pape, J Brown, O Brown, A An­drews, M Bright. Re­place­ments: A Kent, T Stand­field, A Macken­zie, B Thomas, M Heeks, C Rad­ford, W Lipp.

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