Champions Doncaster Phoenix remain unbeaten after Hullensians rout

Chris Planchant got the first of Doncaster Phoenix's ten tries in the 68-12 win over Hullensians. Photo: FSP Images.
Chris Planchant got the first of Doncaster Phoenix's ten tries in the 68-12 win over Hullensians. Photo: FSP Images.

Yorkshire One champions Doncaster Phoenix, who will be hoping to finish their league season without defeat when they visit second placed Malton and Norton on Saturday, kept up the momentum with a ten-try 68-12 victory over Hullensians at Castle Park.

It was the biggest haul of the season for Phoenix, who are now 20 points clear after Malton scraped a 23-22 win in their penultimate match at Bridlington.

After being well held for the first quarter, Phoenix finally broke loose to score tries by flanker Chris Planchant, No 8 Ryan Peacey and second row Nick Byrne, all converted by centre Dave Hankinson.

Although there was again a period of stalemate at the start of the second half, Phoenix broke through and were awarded a penalty try on 60 minutes which Hankinson again converted before Hullensians opened their account five minutes later.

Phoenix regained the upper hand when prop Tom Bagnall scored two quick tries in succession, both converted by Hankinson, and winger Lee Wallace was the next to score.

The only try out of ten that Hankinson did not convert was when Tom Battye touched down, but he had an easy task when scrum-half Joe Watts crossed under the sticks.

Hullensians scored a second try before centre Andy Ellis sealed the win with a converted try under the posts.