Jersey Reds 22 Doncaster Knights 10: Knights go down in B&I Cup quarter-final
Doncaster Knights bowed off the B&I Cup trail after going down 22-10 against Championship rivals Jersey Reds in their quarter-final tie at St Peter.
Boosted by the return of several players who have missed recent games, Knights found themselves under early pressure.
But they weathered the pressure and went close themselves from a driving lineout late in the first quarter.
Last season’s runners-up broke the deadlock with a 25th minute try by scrum-half Kieran Hardy who darted through a narrow gap.
Brendan Cope added the extras.
The visitors failed to capitalise on a couple of decent moves prior to falling further behind just before the break when Tom Pincus touched down for an unconverted try from a kick to the corner.
But with the wind at their backs in the second half,.
Knights – for whom Simon Humberstone and Curtis Wilson linked well in the opening minutes - remained in the game.
That was even more the case when Dougie Flockhart kicked a long-range penalty on 53 minutes to cut the deficit to 12-3.
Knights lost key jumper Tom Hicks, who was one of several changes, prior to Hardy bagging a second try on 57 minutes from a well-worked move from a lineout.
Despite further injuries Knights continued to battle but they never looked like making inroads into Jersey’s 14-point lead.
They fell further behind with a try from a forward drive ten minutes from time which served to hammer the final nail into their coffin.
The 2015 runners-up did have the final word, however, with hooker Ben Hunter (inset) breaking from the back of the maul to score near enough for Flockhart to convert.