RFU Championship play-offs
Doncaster Knights 41
Rotherham Titans 26
THE Titans threatened a second half comeback but came up short as their play off hopes continued to fade with inconsistent local rivals Doncaster Knights getting off the mark.
The Knights turned in another Jekyll and Hyde performance at Castle Park, racing into a 31-0 lead by half time showcasing some superb rugby before allowing Rotherham back into the game.
But Doncaster made sure of a 41-26 win late on to stay in contention for a semi final spot.
Rotherham however are five points adrift at the foot of Pool B with a tough visit to leaders Cornish Pirates ahead on Sunday.
Knights winger Matt Williams started the scoring with a try in the opening minute, and the Knights’ lead grew shortly after when they were awarded a penalty try after pushing the Rotherham pack over their own line.
Lock Matt Challinor bagged try number three after 21 minutes and centre Andy Wright claimed the fourth try seven minutes later with Tristan Roberts converting for a 24-0 lead.
Hooker Steve Lawrie celebrated his starting spot in the injury-hit team with a try on 34 minutes which Roberts converted, and although flanker Sean Dougall pulled back a try for Rotherham shortly before the break, Doncaster were still confident of victory.
But it was a very different Knights outfit who tackled the second half.
Rotherham lock Louis McGowan pulled back a 42nd minute try which Juan Pablo Socino converted, and fly-half Socino then also improved his own 48th minute try to close the gap to 31-19.
Steve McColl kicked a penalty for Doncaster on the hour mark but Rotherham continued to narrow the gap with No 8 Ryan Burrows’ try being converted by Socino which made the score 34-26.
However, time ran out for Rotherham, and Doncaster made sure of the win with Andy Wright scoring a second try, McColl converting.
The Titans’ trip to the Pirates will be televised live on Sky Sports with a 4.05pm kick off. The Knights host Bedford Blues on Saturday, kick off 2.30pm.