Doncaster Knights 14 Rotherham Titans 15

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A LAST gasp penalty aided by an untimely gust of wind saw Rotherham steal the spoils from the Knights in a poor South Yorkshire derby clash.

Garry Law’s long range penalty seemed to be heading wide until it caught the breeze and flew between the posts, securing the win for Rotherham.

More than 4,000 supporters packed into Castle Park while many more watched live on Sky Sports but the action hardly made for an entertaining spectacle.

Those watching witnessed an error-riddled match with the hosts appearing camera shy for large periods while the highly-physical approach from the visitors ensured for plenty of stoppages and a somewhat questionable refereeing performance leading to plenty of frustration.

The Knights were very poor in the opening minutes, making very poor decisions with no players seemingly keen on taking possession of the ball.

The Titans opened the scoring in somewhat controversial fashion after referee Steve Lee opted not to bring back play for an infringement, handing Rotherham possession.

David McCall took possession of a box kick to spark the break, finished when Shane Monahan collected a punt forward and touched down, converted by Law.

It took the Knights 20 minutes to make a real foray into opposition territory but this switch in territory also marked one in the pattern of the game.

The Knights suddenly found composure while Rotherham lost theirs.

It appeared as though the Knights had wasted an opportunity to get off the mark when they decided against a simple penalty attempt.

But opting to take the scrum paid off as Rotherham repeatedly infringed, leading first to the yellow carding of Ben Harris in a period hardly conducive with a television spectacle.

It did however lead to a penalty try for the hosts with Dougie Flockhart’s simple conversion levelling the scores after 31 minutes.

The Knights were camped in the opposition half for much of the remaining time and slowly began to turn the screw with the Titans increasingly losing control.

Shane Cahill was yellow carded after a melee in the middle of the park, handing the Knights even more of an advantage.

And a fine passing move split open the opposition in the last minute of the half, Zach Farivarz going on a superb weaving run to touch down, Flockhart converting.

Law pulled a penalty wide from long range in the last action of the half.

The Knights failed to match their efforts from the late stages of the first half as they emerged for second, again looking nervous.

The Titans piled on the pressure from the off and Doncaster cracked on 55 minutes when Gareth McDonogh unfortunately slipped, allowing Hamilton to find Monahan who went over unopposed.

Law’s conversion fell off the tee and his rushed attempt at a drop kick skewed wide leaving the Knights still ahead.

Latu Makaafi surged forward on the breakaway before laying off to Michael Keating who was brought down ten metres from the line.

Another breakaway by McDonogh was stopped by a high tackle from Pale Nonu stopped him in his tracks with the Rotherham man escaping punishment.

The Knights’ nerves continued to tell and it seemed inevitable Rotherham would be handed an opportunity at some stages in the eight minutes of play beyond the 80.

And that came 35 metres out with just seconds to go and Law made no mistake to steal the win for the visitors who celebrated wildly in front of the main stand.

Knights: 15 Flockhart, 14 Goss, 13 Burdon, 12 Gidlow, 11 Keating, 10 McDonogh, 9 Hallam, 1 Davies, 2 Boden (Yeandle, 60), 3 Brown, 4 Challinor, 5 Parsons, 6 Andy Boyde (Makaafi, 46), 7 Farivarz, 8 Noone (Kettle, 58).

Replacements: Corsar, Planchant, Heaney, Berridge.

Titans: 15 Hamilton, 14 Foden, 13 McCall, 12 Nonu, 11 Monahan, 10 Law, 9 Williams, 1 Harris, 2 Stagg (Baines , 35), 3 O’Donnell (Hooper, 35), 4 Dickinson, 5 Patrick (Maddison, 46), 6 Copeland, 7 Dougall, 8 Tualava (Cahill, 28).

Replacement s: Kirwan, Tellwright, Hodgson.