Doncaster Knights: Park victory not easy says coach

Knights' Lucas Guillaume scores a try against Rosslyn Park. Picture: Andrew Roe
Knights' Lucas Guillaume scores a try against Rosslyn Park. Picture: Andrew Roe

Backs coach Paul Cooke admits that Knights don’t do things the easy way.

That was certainly the case at Castle Park on Saturday as Tyson Lewis’ 77th minute try snatched victory from second-placed Rosslyn Park.

Doncaster were guilty of dashing 12 points throughout the match, but the experienced boot of Jamie Lennard helped the Knights eventually clinch a 24-17 victory.

“I don’t think we like to do things the easy way,” said Cooke.

“We had two or three shots at goal where we should’ve kicked them and maybe played a bit safer (in the final stages of the game).

“There’s always something to work on and to improve upon for next week so we’ll have a look at that and make sure we put it into practice against Wharfedale.”

Director of rugby Clive Griffiths handed on-loan Leicester Tigers flanker Lucas Guillaume his Doncaster debut on Saturday.

The Frenchman repaid the faith with a 13th minute try, Paul Roberts with the extras.

The 7-0 scoreline was soon doubled when Bevon Armitage intercepted a Park pass and raced nearly half of the field to touch down. Roberts’ kick made it 14-0 to the hosts.

But a couple of penalties were gifted to Park as incidents of ill-discipline from the Knights crept in. Scott Sneddon reduced the deficit with three points (14-3).

Rosslyn then turned the game on its head as they first pounced after the restart when Harry Broadbent ran clear and Sneddon kicked the extras.

The visitors then went into the lead for the first time in the game after a cross-field ball was not dealt with and Peter Hodgkinson touched down in the 62nd minute. Sneddon kicked for 17-14.

Knights needed a calming influence which came when Lennard struck a 68th minute penalty, bringing the 1,100 Castle Park crowd to their feet as the scoreboard read 17-17.

Lewis’ try then sent the crowd into raptures as Lennard kicked for glory once more to clinch a stunning finish, ensuring top spot.

n Wharfedale v Knights, Saturday, 2pm.