Don­caster’s im­pres­sive pack points way to win


Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - RUGBY UNION -

DON­CASTER KNIGHTS’ for­wards led the way scor­ing all four tries in an im­pres­sive Cham­pi­onship win at Not­ting­ham.

Clive Grif­fiths’s side car­ried on from where they left off in Dublin when they pro­duced a bril­liant Bri­tish & Ir­ish Cup win against Le­in­ster A.

Don­caster’s pack dom­i­nance was clear to see from the off yes­ter­day as, with fine set-piece work, they eased into a 12-0 lead in as many min­utes.

Prop Colin Quigly and lock Matt Challi­nor – with his sec­ond try in suc­ces­sive weeks – prof­itted, Si­mon Hum­ber­stone con­vert­ing the lat­ter.

Not­ting­ham re­sponded with a Tiff Eden penalty in the 18th minute, but his side were left help­less when Don­caster set in a mo­tion another clas­sic catch-and-drive.

Flanker Jor­dan Cough­lan il­le­gally brought it to a halt so he was yel­low carded and a penalty try was awarded.

Eden added a sec­ond penalty at the start of the sec­ond pe­riod, but the Knights’ de­fence went the en­tire 80 min­utes with­out con­ced­ing a try.

Af­ter Hum­ber­stone added a penalty of his own, hooker Ben Hunter com­pleted the dom­i­nant dis­play with the bonus-point try from another driv­ing maul in the 74th minute.

Don­caster move to within a point of fourth-placed Bed­ford Blues and next up they host Lon­don Scottish on Fe­bru­ary 10.

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