DONCASTER Knights kept their hopes of reaching the quarter finals of the British and Irish Cup alive by beating local rivals Rotherham Titans comfortably on a cold and damp evening at Castle Park.
Man of the Match Christian Lewis-Pratt was the difference between the sides, with the fly half bagging four tries as part of his 36 point haul.
Lewis-Pratt scored his first after just five minutes, finishing off a good break from midfield by Oli Goss. He couldn’t convert but only minutes later he made amends by slotting over a penalty.
Rotherham got back into it five minutes later with Ross Doneghan on hand to go over from a good forwards line out drive, Matty James converted for the visitors.
James drew his side level at 8-8 on the half hour mark after the Knights were penalised in the scrum. Shortly after the restart Lewis-Pratt got his second.
Rotherham rallied and drew level again as James put Doneghan in for his second try, but then Lewis-Pratt put the Knights in front going into the break with a penalty.
Doncaster came out for the second half in top gear and scored three tries in the space of ten minutes. Lewis-Pratt grabbed two of the tries only minutes apart.
Rotherham scored two tries late on either side of a converted try for winger Oliver Denton who got the Knights sixth. Dan Baines scored after the Titans went down the blindside from a 5 metre scrum and Byron Godfrey went over in the corner with only a minute to go, James converted both.
Doncaster Knights: D Flockhart, O Denton, O Goss, C Briers, P Devlin, C Lewis-Pratt, C Hampson, S Corsar, T Doughty, L Thiede, M Challinor, D Parsons, Z Farivarz, C Walker, L Makaafi.
Rotherham Titans: W Du Randt, B Hunt, S James, B Godfrey, R Welding, M James, M Rhodes ©, J Aikman, D Baines, M George, M Jackson, L McGowan, J Sandford, R Doneghan, S Wade.