Last ditch Leeds stop win double

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DONCASTER Knights failed to secure a first ever double over local rivals Leeds Carnegie, as they played out a draw at Castle Park.

Knights had chances to win the game but only for last ditch Leeds tackling and off target penalty attempts missed the opportunity to leapfrog Leeds in the Championship table.

Knights who beat Leeds earlier in the season 30-16 at Headingley, dominated possession but their failure to turn territorial dominance into points denied them victory.

Knights opened the scoring after only one minute when full-back David McIlwaine kicked a long distance penalty. Leeds quickly responded and went ahead thanks to a Joe Ford drop goal and a Thomas Bell penalty.

McIlwaine levelled with his second successful penalty attempt.

Both McIlwaine and Bell had opportunities to kick further penalties but were unsuccessful in their attempts, as the tight first half finished all square at 6-6.

Knights regained the lead at the start of the second half following a McIlwaine penalty only for Bell to level the scores with a penalty of his own.

Knights had chances to regain the lead but McIlwanie failed with three penalty attempts. Leeds were reduced to 14 men late in the second half when Ryan Burrows was sin binned.

Despite dominating, Knights failed to benefit from their man advantage and failed to add to the score.

After spurning kickable penalties, Thomas Davies went closest, only to be denied by a try saving tackle.

Knights looked to have snatched a late victory when Fred Burdon broke through the defence, only for a last ditch tackle to halt the player short.

They continued to press on the Leeds line but failed to grasp the win in the final moments.

Knights will look to return to winning ways and finish 2011 on a high when they travel to Plymouth on Friday.

n Doncaster: McIlwaine, Flockhart, Goss, Gidlow, Keating, Burdon, Hallam, Davies, Boden (Yeandle 62) Brown (Burke-Flynn 52), Challinor (Noone 62), Parsons (Kenworthy 70), Makaafi, Farivaarz, Planchant (Boyde 71). Unused Replacements: Bateman, Toft

n Leeds: Bell, Stephenson, Thornley, Barrow (Davies 52), Lucock, Ford, Hampson (Cliff 52), MacDonald (Lockwood 72), Freer (Nelson 60), Palma-Newport (Mustafa 72), Hemingway (Denton 72), Hohneck, Burrows, Rowan, Paul (Beck 15)

n Referee: Darren Gamage

n Attendance: 2,107