Doncaster Knights even the score with big win over Coventry
Doncaster Knights exacted a comprehensive revenge over Coventry as they enjoyed a 31-9 win at Castle Park.
Steve Boden’s men secured the bonus point win with five tries – three converted – to claim valuable points.
Coventry had won 39-22 when the two teams met back in September and actually got on the board first.
The visitors were awarded a penalty for the Knights collapsing a driving maul and stand-off Tony Fenner stepped up to elect for the posts and put the visitors on the board first.
Knights replied minutes later, though, with a try which proved how determined they were to secure the win.
Camped in the Coventry 22, recycling ball well, Mark Best took a pass from Alex Dolly to feed Maliq Holden. The winger hopped around before finding Harry Davey who dove for the line.
Dolly’s conversion drifted just wide, but the Knights were ahead.
Fenner put Coventry – who were reduced to 14 men shortly after as Jonathan Kpoku was sent to the sin bin – in front again in the 15th minute with a penalty for offside.
But the Knights hit back just before the break when John Kelly crashed over directly under the posts, with the conversion added by Dolly to make it 12-6.
Coventry were again the first side on the board following the restart with another well-struck kick from Fenner securing their third, and last, penalty of the day.
The visitors were then hampered by ill-discipline once more when Aaron Hinkley was sent to the sin-bin.
Knights took full advantage and battered the Coventry line before Guido Volpi slammed over for a third try for the hosts, Dolly again converting.
On the hour mark, Coventry were reduced to 13 men with Andy Forsyth being shown the yellow card for what looked to be a cynical knock on.
Having used the full width of the field to attack, the ball was fed to Jack Spittle who danced around a defender long enough to hand off to Best, with the centre completing the score.
It was a tough kick for Dolly right out on the wing but a monstrous strike sent it sailing over without issue.
George Oram entered the field to make his Doncaster debut and added extra heaving power to the rolling maul which ultimately finished the game. With George Roberts at the back with ball in hand, Knights secured a fifth and final score.
Knights: Davey, Spittle, Margetts, Best, Holden, McBryde, Dolly, Davidson, Edgson, Denman, Kelly, Drake, Volpi, Hudson, Smith. Replacements: Roberts, Carlile, Foster, Oram, Davies, Wheeldon,
Coventry: Knox, Stevenson, Forsyth, Griffiths, James, Fenner, Snow, Trinder, J. Richardson, Boulton, Dacres, Kpoku, Peters, Hinckley, Betteridge. Replacements: Blake, Jeannot, Hurd, Meakin, Ball, Barton, Curtis, Stanton.