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Knights prove too strong as Scots slip to defeat against Doncaster

Knights prove too strong as Scots slip to defeat against Doncaster

Doncaster Knights produced a huge second half performance as they pulled away from London Scottish and secured a 48-14 victory at the Athletic Ground.

Doncaster Knights produced a huge second half performance as they pulled away from London Scottish and secured a 48-14 victory at the Athletic Ground.

At half-time the Scots trailed by just eight points and looked capable of pushing on, but the visitors never looked back and scored eight tries in total to condemn Scottish to a tough defeat.


Scottish started the quicker of the two sides and took an early lead with a try from Danny Kenny on the 10 minute mark. A five metre scrum gave the Scots a great platform, and a flat pass allowed the number eight to break the defence and run in under the posts. Peter Lydon converted to give his side a deserved 7-0 lead. 

Ross Neal then intercepted but was hauled down before he could race away as the Scots looked for another try, but then the Knights sprung in to life before half-time, scoring three tries in a frantic 10 minute period. 

An attacking position for the Scots looked promising, but Doncaster turned the ball over and spun the ball wide. Tyson Lewis got the ball on the wing inside his 22 but showed impressive pace to race clear and run the length of the pitch to score in the corner. 

That was quickly followed by their second try, as a number of phases deep in the Scottish 22 saw them edge towards the line. The ball was eventually popped up to Dougie Flockhart, who evaded the defender and dotted the ball down. 

Dom McGeekie was then sent to the sin-bin as the rampant visitors again pounded the line, and they scored their third through Matt Challinor as a rolling maul allowed him to drive over and score. 

The Knights then headed in to the tunnel at half time with a 15-7 lead, but with all three tries unconverted it meant that the Scots were still very much in the match. 

Unfortunately Peter Richards’ side couldn’t repeat their fast start and it was Doncaster who were first to extend their lead. A number of offloads in the middle saw them charging in to the 22, and a final pass allowed Jack Ram to race clear and dive under the posts. The conversion edged them 22-7 ahead. 

Scottish responded immediately with a path back in to the match. Jamie Stevenson took a quick penalty and then passed to Matt Williams who went within inches of scoring. In the next phase Joe Atkinson grabbed the ball and carried strongly which saw him drive over the line for the second try. Lydon converted, and cut the gap to 14-22. 

That was to be as good as it got for the Scots, as Doncaster showed why they will again be pushing for a place in the play-offs come the end of the season. 

Ben Hunter drove scored their fifth try from a rolling maul, before Jack Ram scored his second of the match with an identical score from another line out drive. That put them 14-36 ahead with their opponents desperately looking for a way to stop their momentum. 

Dougie Flockhart scored his second of the match and Doncaster’s seventh from close range with a pick-and-go from a ruck within touching distance of the tryline as they edged further ahead with 15 minutes still to play.

Scottish admirably searched for a consolation try in the closing stages as they stuck to their plan of playing at a quick tempo, but it was the Knights who would score a break away try with the last play of the game from Paul Jarvis, and Flockhart’s conversion ended the match with a 48-14 win for the visitors. 

The Scots are back at the Athletic Ground on Friday night (10th March) on the eve of the Calcutta Cup as they host the rescheduled British and Irish Cup match against Cardiff Blues Premiership Select. Scottish will be looking to get back to winning ways, and tickets can be purchased by clicking here.

London Scottish:
15 Peter Lydon 14 Alec Coombes 13 Robbie Fergusson 12 Ross Neal 11 Auguy Slowik (replaced by Matt Williams)10 Harry Sheppard (replaced by George Cullen) 9 Jamie Stevenson (replaced by Ed Hoadley) 1 Jonny Harris (replaced by Grant Shiells) 2 Dan Koroi 3 Ewan McQuillin (replaced by Phil Cringle) 4 Rory Bartle (c) 5 Charlie Hewitt 6 Matt Marley (replaced by Ralph Adams Hale) 7 Joe Atkinson 8 Danny Kenny (replaced by Dom McGeekie)

16 Ralph Adams Hale 17 Grant Shiells 18 Phil Cringle 19 Dom McGeekie 20 Ed Hoadley 21 George Cullen 22 Matt Williams  

Tries: Danny Kenny (12 minutes) Joe Atkinson (46 minutes)
Conversions: Peter Lydon (12, 46 minutes)
Yellow Card: Dom McGeekie

Doncaster Knights:
15. Paul Jarvis, 14. Dougie Flockhart, 13. Andy Bulumakau, 12. Lloyd Hayes, 11. Tyson Lewis, 10. Simon Humberstone, 9. Michael Heaney, 1. Rich List 2. Ben Hunter, 3. Colin Quigley, 4. Matt Challinor, 5. Glen Young, 6. Jack Ram, 7. Michael Hills (c), 8. Aaron Carpenter

16. Saba Meunargia, 17. Jack Bergmanas, 18. Joe Sproston, 19. Joe Maksymiw, 20. Alex Shaw, 21. Sam Edgerley, 22. Dec Cusack.

Tries: Tyson Lewis (27 minutes) Dougie Flockhart (32, 65 minutes) Matt Challinor (38 minutes) Jack Ram (43, 58 minutes) Ben Hunt (51 minutes) Paul Jarvis (80 minutes)
Conversions: Dougie Flockhart (43, 51, 58, 80 minutes)

Referee: Christophe Ridley 
Assistant Referees: Jack Makepeace & Peter Allan 
Fourth Official: Andy Watson

Man of the match: Dan Koroi

Attendance: 1236

Half Time Score: London Scottish 7 – 15 Doncaster Knights 

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