MATCH REPORT: Bristol 26 Doncaster Knights 18

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DONCASTER Knights will be ruing the fact that Jamie Lennard’s last minute 30 metre drop goal attempt - which would have earned them a much-needed losing bonus point - missed the target at the Memorial Stadium yesterday.

Knights may have dropped back to the foot of the RFU Championship table but they made Bristol battle for their 9-6 half time lead.

Bristol fly-half Adrian Jarvis landed three penalties to two from his opposite number Lennard.

The hosts wasted little time increasing their half-time lead when, after scrum half Chris Hallam’s box kick went straight in touch from just outside the 22, they drove to the line with Eadie claiming the touchdown and Jarvis converting. Knights looked to hit back as outside centre Will Simpson picked-up the loose ball and broke through the Bristol defence. But he spilled the ball when tackled stretching for the line.

Jarvis added a penalty and then added the extras to a try our wide from wing George Watkins. But Knights again hit back with tries from full back Connor Braid and No.8 Chris Planchant with Lennard converting the second.

Knights now face league leaders Newcastle Falcons on New Year’s Day at Castle Park.