A jubilant Clive Griffiths lauded praise on his side’s never-say-die attitude which saw his courageous Knights clinch the National One league trophy in stunning fashion on the final day of the season.
Table-topping Doncaster needed a win at Blackheath to be crowned champions and hold off nearest rivals Rosslyn Park.
And as Park cruised past a lowly Cinderford 52-17, Griffiths’ men carved out a historic 38-20 victory to bounce straight back into the Championship at the first time of asking.
“I’m so proud of the boys,” said Welshman Griffiths, enjoying his second spell with the Knights.
“Tynedale was last minute. Two weeks ago at Coventry we had a never-say-die attitude and against Blackheath it was never-say-die.
“Those lads were under a lot of pressure at Blackheath. But championship-winning teams come through and we’ve done that.
“I’m absolutely delighted, for everyone at the club. I’m so proud of this great achievement, it’s fantastic.”
Tries from Ross Davies, Paul Jarvis, Bevon Armitage, Tyson Lewis, a penalty try when Adam Kettle - who has now retired - had dotted the ball down as well as five Dougie Flockhart kicks and a further goal secured the sublime victory in the capital.
Blackheath reduced Doncaster to a slender 17-10 lead at half time but after the restart, Doncaster produced a second half masterclass full of scores before leading try scorer Lewis raced over and Flockhart’s extras sparked wild celebrations in South East London.
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