Dour derby draw for bumper Boxing Day crowd: Doncaster Knights 9 Leeds Carnegie 9

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THE Knights had to be content with a share of the spoils as they battled out a dour draw with Yorkshire rivals Leeds.

Three penalties from David McIlwaine were all Doncaster had to show from a game where they enjoyed a lot of territory, particularly in the second half when Leeds crossed the half way line once.

But there were things for the Knights to be pleased about as they did not concede a try for the first time this season and welcomed a bumper crowd to Castle Park.

Queues stretched along two sides of the ground as the teams emerged from the dressing rooms, with a healthy following from up the A1 helping send the attendance up to 2,107.

But the spectacle witnessed by the masses was not the Boxing Day bonanza they would have hoped for.

McIlwaine kicked the Knights ahead in the first minute as Leeds were caught offside.

The visitors enjoyed a decent period of pressure in the opening ten minutes and drew level with a drop goal from Joesph Ford.

Leeds went ahead on 16 minutes after the Knights were penalised in the scrum, Thomas Bell slotting over the kick.

The Knights produced an excellent period of play with Michael Keating collecting a kick and darting into the opposition half.

The pressure resulted in a penalty McIlwaine sent it wide.

But he was successful with the boot on the half hour after Leeds were caught offside, bringing the game level.

Bell dropped a penalty short from half way after the Knights collapsed the scrum and McIlwaine sent a penalty from 40 metres just wide, ensuring parity at the break.

McIlwaine landed his third penalty five minutes into the second half but it did not take Leeds long to level with Bell slotting over five minutes later.

It proved to be the last score of the game but there was plenty of action to come, most of it inside the Leeds half.

Things looked to be going Doncaster's way when Ryan Burrows was shown a yellow card but Leeds continued to defend well.

The Knights coped well when Leeds mounted a rare attack and a somewhat desperate drop goal attempt from Ford was low and wide.

There were penalty attempts were McIlwaine should have perhaps gone for goal in the final 15 minutes but Doncaster were keen to grasp territory, which they did very well.

The last few minutes saw constant Knights pressure and they almost grabbed a try when Fred Burdon darted through a gap only to be stopped agonisingly short of the line.

Knights: McIlwaine, Flockhart, Goss, Gidlow, Keating, Burdon, Hallam, Davies, Boden (Yeandle, 62), Brown (Burke-Flynn, 53), Challinor, Parsons (Kenworthy, 68), Makaafi, Farivarz, Planchant (Boyde, 70).

Leeds: Bell, Stephenson, Thornley, Barrow, Lucock, Ford, Hampson, MacDonald (Lockwood, 72), Freer, Palma-Newport, Hemmingway, Hohneck, Burrows, Rowan, Paul (Beck, 15)