Gutsy Doncaster Knights fight way back into top four

Knights' David Clark in action against Ealing. Picture Scott Merrylees
Knights' David Clark in action against Ealing. Picture Scott Merrylees

Doncaster Knights regained their place in the top four of the Greene King IPA Championship when recording their third win of the season.

Knights, who had dropped from joint-second to sixth following their injury-time defeat at Rotherham, overturned a 10-6 interval deficit to beat promoted EalingTrailfinders 23-17 at Castle Park.

“It was a gutsy performance,” said director of rugby Clive Griffiths who was without six injured players.

“Our game management could have been better in the first half and we made too many mistakes, but we spoke at half-time about remaining positive and to keep on playing and whenever we could we tried to play with intent.” admitted the Welshman.

“We turned down several kicks at goal to go for tries and we missed a couple of opportunities near their line which could have seen us win more comfortably.

“But you can’t play positive attacking rugby and not expect to make errors – even the All Blacks make mistakes at times.

“It was important that we got the first try in the second half and it was a well-taken touchdown by Latu (Makaafi).

“We got a second and led 23-10 and I was hoping for a bonus point try but it never came.”

Prop Will Griff John was pulled out of the starting line-up after suffering a knock in the warm-up but came on as a second half replacement having been given the all-clear.