Rugby Union: Doncaster Knights beat Hull 68-14

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DONCASTER Knights romped to a resounding 68-14 win over Hull in their first pre-season game at Castle Park, writes Steve Hossack.

The new-look Knights boasted too much pace and power for the visitors in an entertaining encounter in front of a decent sized crowd.

Knights paid the price of over eagerness at times in the opening minutes with several chances being bombed before left-winger Michael Keating opened the scoring with the first of his first-half hat-trick.Former Rotherham favourite Mike Whitehead, who also starred with ball in hand, added the first of his nine conversations from ten attempts.

Keating then turns provider when sending Whitehead over.

He then finished off good passages of play to add two further tries either side of impressive full-back David McIIwaine’s first of two first half touchdowns.

Powerful centre PJ Gidlow burst through a couple of tackles to score as Knights ended the half 49-0 up.

Second half replacement Michael Noone scored the first try of the game by a forward following a drive by the pack.

The newcomer added a second try to make it 63-0 before Hull hit back with a brace of converted tries.

Knights had the last word, however, with Reece Burke Ryan adding a tenth try,