Doncaster Knights thrashed by title chasers

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DONCASTER Knights remain rooted to the foot of the Championship table after crashing to a 52-7 defeat at third-placed Nottingham.

The green and whites ran in eight tries in front of Doncaster’s new director of professional rugby, Clive Griffiths.

The Welshman started his job on Monday but because of a prior commitment was only able to take charge of one session in the build-up to the game and left much of the preparation to head coach Glen Kenworthy.

The former dual code international, who will take charge of training this week, watched his new charges for the first time.

“It had been a tough week but the boys had responded really well and we were confident,” said Kenworthy.

Nottingham they played well and it’s probably the first time we’ve been out-muscled (this season). They also cut us up out wide fairly easily.

“Our discipline let us down and they scored four tries when we were down to 14 men on two occasions in the second half.

“As a bunch of boys they don’t give up, but it’s not just Nottingham; you can’t afford to play anyone in this with 14 for 20 minutes in the second half. We’ve got to stop that happening.”

Knights went into the game buoyed by a battling performance at home to Bedford, and Kenworthy was happy with how they started.

“We made a fair start but then they had a fortunate try,” he said. The home side added another three tries to lead 28-0 at the break. We’ll look at the game but you have to draw a line under it.”