Doncaster Knights recorded a morale-boosting 40-26 home win over Premiership outfit Newcastle Falcons to continue their impressive build-up to the new season.
Clive Griffiths’ men followed up the previous weekend’s comprehensive win over Swansea by claiming a notable scalp - against a Falcons squad which included a blend of experience and youth.
Winger Paul Jarvis twice touched down in the second half to round off an excellent win.
But it was Knights’ performance before the break, when Dougie Flockhart, Matt Challinor and Mat Clark touched down, that really caught the eye.
Dom Barrow charged over for the visitors within moments of the kick off, with Lee Smith adding the extras.
But that try sparked Doncaster into life as the home side’s exciting brand of rugby offered genuine optimism for the season ahead.
Flockhart kicked two penalties and then put his side ahead by racing home after good work from Bevon Armitage and Jarvis.
A yellow card for Falcons flanker Dan Temm just after the 20-minute mark was then punished by the hosts, who ran in two further scores before the interval.
First Challinor powered over in typical fashion from close range following a line out, before Andrew Bulumakau broke excellently and set up Clark.
Second row Tyler Hotson was yellow carded before half time but Falcons were unable to capitalise before the teams went in for the break.
After the interval, Newcastle came out with renewed impetus and reduced the deficit to six points but Griffiths’ charges picked themselves up to finish the game strongly.
Jarvis went over twice - either side of a try from Temm - to give Doncaster an-11 point cushion going into the final ten minutes.
Knights put the gloss on the win with a late penalty from Jamie Guy.