Doncaster Knights 32 Nottingham 26: Late, great winning try by Andy Bulumakau as Knights win top-four clash

Irrespective of whether the Britain's Got Talent auditions held in town the same day unearthed a potential winner, Doncaster does have talent.

Sunday, 24th September 2017, 4:26 pm
Updated Wednesday, 27th September 2017, 10:36 am
Andy Bulumakau: winning try scorer. Picture: Chris Etchells

It was on view in Doncaster Knights’ bonus point 32-26 win over Nottingham in their top-four Championship clash at Castle Park.

Centre Andy Bulumakau underlined his star quality by scoring a late try worthy of winning any game.

With his side trailing 26-25, Bulumukau broke the line about 30 metres out and showed good pace, balance and footwork to make the line despite the attention of several defenders.

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Bulumakau wasn’t the only star turn in the Doncaster ranks.

Replacement scrum-half Tom James also had the home fans on their feet.

He latched on to the ball at a ruck just inside the Nottingham half, sold a dummy and then showed the cover a clean pair of heels.

Replacement fly-half Simon Humberstone could only convert one of the last two tries and was also wide with a late penalty which would have put the game beyond the Green and Whites.

This gave the visitors a final throw of the dice, though they never looked like rolling a winning score and spent the closing stages penned in their own half.

They didn’t go away empty handed, however, claimomh a losing bonus point.

Knights had trailed 20-13 at the break despite leading on three occasions.

Fly-half Declan Cusack celebrated his first start of the season, kicking Knights into a third-minute 3-0 lead.

The visitors drew level with a penalty by fly-half Chris Elder.

Knights failed to capitalise on an overlap on their left on the Notts 22 due to a pass by skipper Michael Hills not hitting its target.

They didn’t come away empty-handed though and Cusack kicked them back into the lead.

Notts hit back to lead 8-6 with the first of three tries from poorly executed lineouts when flanker Jordan Coghlan raced in unopposed.

Knights regained the lead through scrum-half Michael Heaney, who had been put clear by Cusack’s flat pass.

The Irishman tagged on the extras to make it 13-8.

Further uncharacteristic sloppy lineout play – not all down to poor throwing by Nelson – led to tries by props William Stewart and Tom West.

Eden extended Nottingham’s lead after the break and Knights were facing up to the possibility of a second successive defeat prior to replacement hooker Ben Hunter touching down from a catch-and-drive which kick-started their revival.

Knights: Foley, J Bulumakau, A Bulumakau, Owen, Lewis, Cusack, Heaney; List, Nelson, Quigley, Eames, Hicks, Shaw, Hills, Carpenter. Rep: Hunter, Bergamanus, Sprotson, Challinor, Hill, James, Humberstone.