Doncaster Knights v Nottingham Rugby

Greene King IPA Championship Saturday, 18th January 2020 - 2:30 pm
Castle Park


A last-minute conversion from Sam Olver secured Doncaster a 16-15 home win against Nottingham in the Greene King IPA Championship.

Although, the Knights got off to the worst possible start as they conceded within 12 seconds of kick off. Kyle Evans dropped the kick, allowing the visitors to play the ball wide to the right-hand corner and create an overload for David Williams to dot down. Shane O’Leary converted well from a tight angle to make the score 0-7 after nearly a minute.

Doncaster rallied back and could’ve had an instant reply when Lloyd Hayes made a break into the Nottingham half. However, the centre decided to go it alone, despite the support of Steve McColl and Evans.

The home side continued to push forwards though and Olver put the first points on the board of the game with a penalty from inside the visitors’ 22.

The fly-half soon doubled that tally with another pen midway through the first half.

Nottingham came back into the game as the balance swayed back and forth throughout the first 40 minutes, however a succession of good scrums and line outs pushed the Knights up the field.

With the momentum in their favour, the home side took a 9-7 lead into the interval with another good penalty as half time came to a close.

Doncaster started the second half in a positive fashion, although they couldn’t take advantage of that early pressure.

Morgan Eames made a good break over the halfway line, but decided to go into contact with Tom James in support and chance went.

However, the visitors then began to take control of the fixture. As Williams dotted down his second try of the game, again in the corner after some quick hands from the Nottingham backline. O’Leary missed the conversion.

As the half wore on, Doncaster tried to keep within touching distance, but couldn’t find the momentum to cause the visitors many problems.

On the 70-minute mark, Nottingham extended their lead though O’Leary to make the score 9-15.

After that, Clive Griffiths’ side showed a never say die attitude and began to edge back into the game and gain some territory.

In a frantic final few minutes, Donny started to dominant the game.

Firstly, Tom James made a good break, but was halted five metres out. The home side then had a scrum five metres out, James passed the ball wide to Cameron Cowell, who produced a great pass to Howard Packman. The winger used his pace and power to barge over and make the score 14-15 with just a minute left.

Olver then took centre stage. The 25-year-old slotted away the conversion under immense pressure as Doncaster grabbed a last grasp 16-15 victory.


Date Time League Season Full Time
Saturday, 18th January 2020 2:30 pm Greene King IPA Championship 2019-20 80'


Castle Park
Armthorpe Rd, Doncaster DN2 5RT, UK


Doncaster Knights113016

Doncaster Knights

Position T C P DG


Position T C P DG