Knights beat the exiles

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Doncaster Knights............37

London Scottish................28

DONCASTER Knights made it two wins in a row at Castle Park as they beat Championship newcomers London Scottish in a seven-try thriller.

Trailing at 18-14 the break, Dougie Flockhart and Tom Davies crossed for second half tries to secure Knights victory and an extra bonus point.

The visitors, making their first-ever visit to Castle Park, were 6-0 ahead inside 10 minutes.

They showed their intent to run the ball and offload and lapses in the Knights defence which gave Dan Mugford two easy penalties.

Knights hit back with flanker David Bradford forcing his way over in their first raid inside the Scottish 22,

Tom Luke, again starting at fly-half, converted to edge his side into a 7-6 lead.

Knights were reduced to 14 men for ten minutes as flanker Latu Makaafi was sin-binned for his try-saving effort out wide.

The exiles piled on the pressure and were eventually awarded a penalty try from a scrum which Mugford converted to make it 13-7.

Replacement Matthew Heeks scored in the corner after the ball had been worked along the line.

Mugford failed to add the extras leaving the score standing at 18-7.

Once Makaafi returned Knights started to get a grip on the game. Skipper Chris Hallam scampered through and scored under the posts in the final minute of the half. Luke added the conversion to leave his side just four points adrift at the break.

Knights’ boss Brett Davey’s half-time brought about the desired results and they dominated the third quarter.

With the Doncaster pack dominating the scrums, the pressure saw Luke given the chance to kick two further penalties either side of a yellow card shown to William Lipp for a late tackle, to restore Knights’ lead.

A quick counter attack set winger Michael Keating free and his kick down the line was fielded by Bradford who popped the ball up to winger Flockhart who had the easy job on running in to score,

Luke added the conversion, and a penalty shortly after but then turned to villain as his clearing kick was chased down and Mugford was on hand to profit and grab a try, which he also converted, to put his side back within a score of Knights.

But Davies was on hand to finish off a swift team move with just a minute on the clock. Luke added the conversion which denied the visitors a losing bonus point.

Knights: McIlwaine, Flockhart,Goss, Gidlow, Keating, Luke, Hallam, Corsar,Yeandle, Alex Brown,Challinor, Kenworthy, Makaafi, Bradford, Boyde. Replacements: Davies, Andy Brown, Parsons, Farivarz, Planchant, Audis, Whitehead.