Doncaster Phoenix made to work hard for 35-31 win at Broadstreet
Doncaster Phoenix came away with a well-earned 35-31 win in the West Midlands after overcoming Broadstreet.
The opening interchanges were evenly-matched with Phoenix failing to take a quick lead when fly-half Will Burden missed an early penalty.
This was further compounded by a home penalty which was converted.
The hosts were soon 10-0 up with half an hour on the clock.
The next ten minutes of the half were all Phoenix with Burden knocking over a brace of penalties to narrow the gap to 10-6.
The referee then gifted - much to everyone's surprise - a further ten minutes in the first half which allowed the dominating Doncaster pack to make yards getting ever closer and flanker Chris Donk went over for a try converted by Burden for a 13-10 lead at the break.
That was Donk’s second try in consecutive games and followed up a score at the same ground last season.
Early in the second half Phoenix added to their lead - helped by two home yellow cards and with their forwards in disarray - allowing flanker Will Taylor and winger James Wright to increase the gap.
Burden added the extras on both occasions to duly make it 25-10.
As has been the case too often this term, Phoenix could not hold out the opposition as the hosts responded with a converted try.
Phoenix then thought they had secured the win with Burden storming over and running under the posts to make it 32-17.
The hosts then rallied and came within one point - 32-31 - with just four minutes remaining.
Phoenix relieved the pressure as a Burden penalty gave them a four-point buffer and they held on.
This Saturday Phoenix host Bromsgrove in their first-ever fixture against the Worcestershire outfit (2.15pm).