Doncaster Knights lose 17-point lead as they are held in B&I Cup

A BRAVE effort by Gainsborough All Blacks against unbeaten Bingham.
A BRAVE effort by Gainsborough All Blacks against unbeaten Bingham.
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Doncaster Knights survived a late scare in their opening B & I Cup Pool 5 game at Jersey.

The home side had the chance to win the game with a 40m penalty deep into injury time but it missed the target leaving the two teams tied at 22-22.

“It was probably a fair result,” said the club’s director of rugby Clive Griffiths, who admitted he would have been disappointed to lose the game after being 17 points up at half-time.

“It was always going to be a game of two halves with the wind which I felt before the start would be worth 15 to 17 points and so it proved.

“They won the toss and elected to play downhill into the wind and we dominated the first half scoring three tries and led 22-5 at half-time.

“We knew they would come at us in the second half and we got off to a bad start by conceding a try within a couple of minutes of the restart.

“That’s the second game in succession that’s happened and, we’ll probably discuss it this week and see if we need to do anything differently at half-time.”

Although Griffiths made 12 changes to his starting line-up to both rest players and give others game-time, he said: “We still fielded a side packed with quality players and I felt that it was a team good enough to win us the game.”

Several of the of the dual-registered players in action at the weekend could be unavailable to Griffiths in coming weeks due to their parent clubs resuming Monday fixtures.