Knights controversially undone: Doncaster Knights 16 Swansea 20

David McIlwaine in action against Swansea. Picture: Liz Mockler D1461LM
David McIlwaine in action against Swansea. Picture: Liz Mockler D1461LM

CONTROVERSY reigned as the Knights slipped to a late defeat in an ugly British and Irish Cup clash with Swansea.

Referee Meredith caused uproar among the Castle Park crowd and the Doncaster bench as he failed to halt play as Chris Hallam received treatment for a severe blow to the head in added time allowing Swansea to run in a last gasp try to steal the win.

It proved a cracker of conclusion after a largely uneventful game in front of a bumper pre-Christmas crowd at Castle Park.

The Knights failed to score a try for the first time this season but looked to have done enough to seal the win which would have almost guaranteed passage to the knock out stages of the competition.

Swansea opened the scoring with Wells crashing over in the first minute, Davies converrting.

Davies added a penalty on the quarter hour before David McIlwaine got the Knights off the mark with a penalty nine minutes later.

Davies slotted over again five minutes from the break but McIlwaine matched that on the stroke of half time.

McIlwaine added a third penalty seven minutes after the break butTom Davies was sin-binned.

However, Swansea failed to capitalise on the advantage and the Knights pushed hard for the win.

The pressure was piled on in the dying moments and Swansea saw Norman and Fox sin-binned as tempers began to fray.

After Swansea were penalised several times the Knights were awarded a penalty try with McIlwaine's conversion giving them a 16-13 lead deep into added time.

But the referee did not agree and sin-binned Latu Makaafi before restarting.

Skipper Hallam slumped to the ground after a heavy blow to the face as his shellshocked team mates were in disarray as play Meredith allowed play to continue, sending Swansea clear to score through John, Davies converting.