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MATCH REPORT: Nottingham 52 Doncaster Knights 7

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  • by Steve Hossack Rugby Union
 

NOTTINGHAM extracted full revenge for last month’s B & I Cup defeat on the same ground as they put Doncaster Knights to the sword in yesterday’s Championship clash at Meadow Lane.

Nottingham fielded a much stronger starting line-up than on that occasion and had the points in the bag by the interval when leading 28-0.

Knights fared better in the second half but their ill-discipline proved costly, conceding four tries when down to 14 men.

It was a disappointing show by the Knights, who never came close to reaching the heights of their last outing a fortnight ago when they were desperately unlucky to lose 22-21 at home to Bedford.

Knights, who had new dual-registered signing from Leicester Tigers, centre Andy Symonds on debut, started well but fell behind on 10 minutes.

Wing Tyson Lewis failed to smother a grubber kick around his 22 and centre Tim Streather kicked on and won the race to the ball over the line for a try converted by fly-half James Arlidge

Jamie Lennard, switched from full-back to fly-half as a result of Tom Luke’s broken jaw, was wide of the left-hand post with an angled penalty from the halfway line on eight minutes.

The green and whites continued to edge the exchanges and they doubled their lead on 22 minutes, hooker Joseph Duffey breaking a tackle five metres out to burst through for another converted try.

They were in again four minutes later, left wing Rhys Crane diving over in the corner after Knights had found themselves short of numbers on their right flank.

Nottingham increased their lead on 37 minutes, second-rower Daniel Montague being driven at the side of the posts for a fourth converted try and a bonus point.

Knights enjoyed their best spell on attack since the opening minutes close to the interval but they lacked a cutting edge and rarely breached the Nottingham 22.

Knights finally opened their account four minutes after the restart, flanker Jethro Rawlins scoring from close range out wide.

Lennard added the extras to make it 28-7.

Their hopes of making further inroads into Nottingham’s lead weren’t helped when flanker Adam Kettle was sin-binned for a foul on Montague, who needed a lengthy spell of treatment before being able to continue, on 53 minutes.

The home side, who had not threatened a try in the third quarter, cashed in on their extra man on 63 minutes, winger David Jackson crossing for their fifth converted try to make it 35-7.

Knights found themselves short-handed again on 72 minutes, prop Andy Brown being sin-binned and again they were punished, Nottingham adding further tries out wide by Streather (2) and full-back Andrew Savage.

Knights: Mama, Flockhart, Tincknell, Symonds, Lewis Lennard, Silver, Davies, Buckley, Francis Challinor Parsons, Kettle, Rawlins Planchant Replacements (all used): Hoy, McGovern, Brown, Boyde, Hallam, Barrett, Sowrey.

Referee: John Meridith

Attendance: 2,015.

Rotherham Titans were beaten 24-13 at home to Leeds in their first match under new coach Alex Codling.

 

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