Doncaster Knights: Dougie ‘bent it like Beckham’ to rescue 17-17 draw

Dougie Flockhart won  praise from Knights coach Clive Griffiths fora brilliant kick in gale-force winds.

Dougie Flockhart won praise from Knights coach Clive Griffiths fora brilliant kick in gale-force winds.

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Doncaster Knights had to settle for a draw for the second time this season against Jersey at St Peter.

But whereas it was the Islanders who overturned a big interval deficit in the 22-22 B&I Cup Pool Five draw in November, it was the visitors who had to come from behind in Saturday’s Championship clash which ended 17-17.

Director of rugby Clive Griffiths, whose side trailed 17-0 after playing into the gale-force wind in the first half, admitted that he was starting to get a bit worried after his charges failed to cut the deficit in the third quarter.

“You always get a bit concerned in those circumstances,” said the Welshman.

“Decisions weren’t going our way and the pitch was churning up.

“But this group of players never know when they are beaten and we got it back to 17-10 with a penalty by Dougie (Flockhart) and a converted try from a maul by Latu (Makaafi).

“I’ve got to give credit to Dougie because it was nearly impossible to kick in those conditions. The conversion he kicked from way out reminded me of one of those David Beckham free-kicks when he used to bend it in.

“It was a very important kick because we knew a converted try would secure us a draw.

“Obviously we went there looking to win the game, but to come away with two points isn’t a bad result and it kept our unbeaten run going.”

No 8 Ollie Stedman spent the night in a Jersey hospital after being stretchered off midway through the second half.

Fortunately, he hadn’t suffered a fractured eye socket as first feared.

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