Yorkshire Carnegie 23 Doncaster Knights 32: Derby delight for Griffiths’ men

Olliei Goss of Yorkshire Carnegie is tackled by Matt Challinor of Doncaster
Olliei Goss of Yorkshire Carnegie is tackled by Matt Challinor of Doncaster
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Doncaster Knights returned to winning ways in the Greene King IPA Championship with an impressive derby success at Headingley against Yorkshire Carnegie.

A late try by flanker Latu Makaafi from a forward drive sealed Carnegie’s fate after they had cut Knights’ ten-point lead to just three with a brace of penalties by Harry Leonard.

Carnegie, who played with only 14 men for over half the game, looked capable of upsetting the odds when they regained the lead on 52 minutes.

Prop Lee Imiolek raced through a huge gap for a try, goaled by Leonard, after Georgiou and Rob Vickerman had combined in a long-range move down the left to create the attacking position.

But Knights responded five minutes later to lead 20-17 with a converted try by Tyson Lewis after the ball had been moved along the line deep in Carnegie territory.

Flockhart, who also added the extras, raced in from 40 metres from a slick move from a lineout to make it 27-17.

Knights made the early running after slow start to the game and were awarded a penalty try on 14 minutes, converted by Dougie Flockhart, after Carnegie winger Christian Georgiou - sin-binned for ten minutes - had obstructed the Scot as tried to get on the end of Jamie Lennard’s grubber kick to the line in the corner.

Knights were also reduced to 14 men shortly after, prop Colin Quigley being carded for an offence on the Doncaster line.

The Leeds club remained on the attack and opened their account on 24 minutes when centre Jon Clarke broke the line ten metres out after the ball had been moved left from a scrum heel.

Flockhart made it 10-5 with a 27th minute penalty.

Prop Tom Davies made a strong break down the right only to see the supporting Alex Shaw hauled down about 15 metres out.

Carnegie drew level on 37 minutes with a close-range try by former Knights’ full-back David McIlwaine.

The home club had hooker Phil Nilsen sent off for a spear tackle on centre Bevan Armitage as he ran strongly for the line.

Flockhart added to Carnegie’s worries when converting the resulting penalty to secure his side a 13-10 lead.

The home side missed out on a possible third try when fly-half Harry Leonard spoilt a strong run with a wayward pass to the unmarked Goss less than ten metres out.

Flockhart was well short with an ambitious long-range penalty attempt in the 12th minute of stoppage time.