Titans and Knights ready for play-offs

DONCASTER Knights and Rotherham Titans commence their punts at promotion to the top flight of English rugby union this weekend.

The Knights travel to Cornish Pirates in the Group B opener on Sunday while the Titans host Bedford a day earlier at Clifton Lane, both with 3pm kick offs.

Doncaster lost to the Pirates twice in the league campaign, slipping to a 16-13 home defeat less than a month ago.

Rotherham already have a victory over Bedford on home turf under their belts from the league stage but suffered a heavy defeat on the road.

Yorkshire Division round-up

RAWMARSH earned a solid triumph in Yorkshire Five with a 46-3 triumph over Pontefract Pythons.

Winger Danny Chedzoy ran in a hat-trick of tries, while centre Steve Coulam scored two and Rob Johnson and Chris Jones also touched down.

Johnson kicked four of the conversions and a penalty.

There was no such luck for rivals Rotherham Clifton who lost out 33-17 at Knaresborough.

After a long period of stalemate in the first half, third placed Barnsley finally took complete control to run out 44-0 winners in their Yorkshire Division Two match against Roundhegians at Leeds.

The Patrick Jensen’s two penalty goals put Barnsley ahead after just two minutes, but there was no further score until he kicked another on the half-hour mark.

But two tries later in the first half, by winger Sam Simpson and No 8 James Roberts, the latter converted by Jensen, saw the Shaw Lane side turn round 18-0 ahead.

It was one-way traffic in the second half as centre Andrew Appleyard, flanker Neil Robinson, scrum-half Chris Beck and second row replacement Jamie Harris all fought their way over for tries, with sharp shooting Jensen converting three out of four.

Rotherham Phoenix won 23-12 over Northallerton in Yorkshire Three, with centre Owen Swift and winger Jon Bunclark scoring tries while Tom Jenkinson kicked both conversions and three penalties.