Doncaster Knights’ SSE League One unbeaten run finally came to an end in defeat to Henley Hawks – and director of rugby Clive Griffiths admitted he was left scratching his head at the result.
Knights, who had won seven out of seven in the division, scored two tries but Henley squeezed out an 11-10 victory.
Bevon Armitage and replacement Adam Kettle touched down in the first half in response to two penalties for Hawks’ fly-half William Robinson.
But following Robert Stapley’s 51st minute try, Doncaster could not find another breakthrough.
The Knights hold a three-point advantage at the top over second-placed Rosslyn Park but it did not ease the frustration for Griffiths, who was left exasperated as his side failed to rack up points.
“It’s absolutely a game we should have won, and would have done ten times if we played it over again and again,” he said.
“We had so many chances and just couldn’t convert, to win matches you have to be clinical and we just weren’t in crucial situations.
“There was a contentious decision at the end which we felt cost us – Elliot Davies had a penalty kick at goal and from where we were stood it looked like it had gone through the uprights.
“The officials didn’t agree however and it wasn’t given, it’s fine margins like that which are the difference between winning and losing so we were pretty disappointed that didn’t go our way. We felt pretty hard done by from that.”
Doncaster had notched 257 points prior to the match, but Henley’s dogged defence stunted top try-scorer Mat Clark – who has touched down six times so far this season.
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