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Doncaster Knights 25 vs Nottingham 28 - Match Report

Tiff Eden's boot proved decisive in a close fought game at Castle Park as Nottingham made it back to back wins, beating Doncaster Knights 28-25.


Doncaster Match Report Away 2015

 

By contrast Knights' Dougie Flockhart had an off day, missing five out of seven kicks.

The win kesps Nottingham in the top four but with Rotherham Titans gaining a bonus point in their win at Moseley on Friday evening the gap between the two is now just one point.

The Green and Whites started well, forcing an early penalty for Eden to open the scoring as the home defence struggled to stay onside.

Although a yellow card for Ed Styles, for a deliberate knock on, saw them reduced to 14 men a few minutes later they stretched their lead when the pack drove Tom Calladine over the line from a close range lineout.

But the home side began to make their numerical advantage count and after a prolonged spell of pressure they moved the ball infield following a strong drive, winger Tyson Lewis breaking through to send scrum half Tom Palu in for a try which Flockhart converted to make it 7-8 five minutes before the break.

A high tackle on Shaun Malton gave Eden his second penalty of the day to make it 7-11 at half time.

A better start to the second half from the home side saw them sneak ahead with a pushover from a lineout, skipper Michael Hills getting the touchdown.

Pressure from Nottingham saw the home defence struggle and after four successive penalties the referee sent Hills to the sin-bin, and they immediately paid for it as the Nottingham pack drove Calladine over for his second of the day, Eden converting for a 12-18 lead.

Knights reduced the deficit with a Flockhart penalty but then a second yellow card, this time for replacement Brad Field, briefly saw them down to 13 before Hills returned to the action. Eden's kick from the incident that brought Field's yellow card made it 15-21.

The home side should have taken the lead as the pack drove over the line only to somehow drop the ball before Fosita did break through for a try, but again Flockhart was off target leaving them a point behind.

But they made a mess of securing the restart kick and Billy Robinson raced through for a try, Eden making it 20-28 with the conversion.

The home side threw everything into attack and finally got a try through Flockhart, taking a well-timed pass from Paul Jarvis, but he could not add the conversion.