Doncaster Knights 27 Plymouth 6: Griff’s men start Championship in style

Doncaster Knights director of rugby Clive Griffiths. Photo: Marie Caley
Doncaster Knights director of rugby Clive Griffiths. Photo: Marie Caley

Clive Griffiths’ men started their Championship campaign with a bang at Castle Park.

Dougie Flockhart treated the home faithful to a successful kicking afternoon as he fired over a collection of points to help down a battling Plymouth Albion.

Paul Jarvis opened the scoring following a masterclass of pace and power as the winger crashed over in the 33rd minute for a converted try.

Canadian Tyler Hotson added Knights’ second converted try for a 14-0 half time lead.

Albion managed to break their duck after the restart through a Lawrence Rayner penalty, however, Flockhart kicked successfully in response.

Rayner and Flockhart continued to exchange kicks as the scoreboard read 20-6 to the hosts.

However, Michael Hills put the game to bed with a last-gasp try as Flockhart converted to claim Doncaster’s opening day win.

Knights: Jarvis, Flockhart, Clark, Armitage, Lewis, Lennard, Maplesden, List, Hunter, Quigley, Challinor, Hotson, Makaafi, Hills, Shaw. Subs: R.Davies, Bergmanas, T.Davies, Phelan, Bravo, Roberts, Bulumakau.

Plymouth: Rayner, Homan, Howley-Berridge, Woods, Warner, Shanahan, Williams, Fidler, Stagg, Tiedemann, Beukeboom, Patrick, Grieve, Grace, Bone. Subs: Matavesi, Heard, Harrison, Langley, Jubb, Davies, Henry.

Attendance: 1,303