Doncaster Knights launched a stirring second half comeback to record their second straight Championship win 23-17 in Jersey.
Matt Challinor scored Knights’ solitary try at St Peter’s.
But it was the kicking prowess of Dougie Flockhart, who nailed six penalties in total, that saw Doncaster come from 18-7 behind to seal back-to-back victories following their opening day win over Plymouth Albion.
The Islanders took an early lead when a Latu Makaafi tackle was judged too high and from the resultant penalty the hosts kicked to the corner, allowing Jersey’s renowned driving maul to force Ryan Hodson over the line.
Flockhart quickly reduced the deficit with the first of his penalties and the visitors looked threatening with the ball in hand, only to be let down by some poor decision making and over eagerness at key times.
Discipline then cost Doncaster dearly as an infringement at the line out saw the hosts again kick to the corner.
The initial drive was repelled but when the ball was switched to Tommy Bell the full back raced home to make it 10-3.
Doncaster again responded well and Tyson Lewis was stopped just short of the line.
However, the Knights were not to be denied and when Jamie Lennard spotted a gap in the defensive line he found Lewis who was again blocked but this time Challinor was on hand to pick up the pieces and touch down. At 10-8 Doncaster went in at the break firmly in contention, but the second period did not get off to a great start.
Mark Foster’s grubber kick fell kindly for winger Jack Burroughs who raced under the posts.
Bell converted to make it 17-8 and leave Clive Griffiths’ men facing an uphill task.
Again Doncaster came up with an instant reply, courtesy of the boot of Flockhart.
Only some excellent last- ditch defending from Challinor and Alex Shaw prevented Jersey scoring a fourth bonus point try from another driving line out. And as the game wore on, Doncaster’s scrum began to turn the screw.
Two scrum penalties saw Flockhart level the scores and then kick Knights into the lead, following an infringement on Doncaster’s driving line out.
Jersey threw on Mark McCrea and Paula Kaho in the final ten minutes but another Flockhart penalty increased the deficit to six points and took the Scot’s personal tally to 18 points.
The home side applied some late pressure but Knights held on for an excellent win.
Doncaster welcome newly-relegated Worcester Warriors to Castle Park on Saturday.