Knights’ great home run over

Worcester's Mike Williams is grounded by Knights' Matt Challinor
Worcester's Mike Williams is grounded by Knights' Matt Challinor

Doncaster Knights’ 16-month unbeaten run at Castle Park finally came to an end as Dean Ryan’s ex-Premiership side got back to winning ways with a 32-16 victory.

A second half comeback was not enough for Clive Griffiths’ men as Worcester powered to their second victory of the Championship season - ending the Knights’ 100 per cent start.

Worcester powered out of the blocks and, after seeing an Ignacio Mieres penalty sail wide, went 5-0 up when prop Ryan Bower crashed over following good work from Ben Howard. This time, Mieres made no mistake as he kicked for 7-0.

The hosts were then further behind as Worcester burst down the right and Mieres, Andy Symons and Howard all combined to release winger Sam Smith who outpaced his markers to record his first competitive try.

A Knights reprieve came when Mieres missed the conversion as the score remained 12-0 inside the opening 11 minutes.

That miss appeared to galvanise Griffiths’ men as they went on the ascendancy and retained the ball well through bustling runs from Alex Shaw and company.

And their pressure paid dividends as Worcester gifted a penalty which saw in-form kicker Dougie Flockhart fire a pinpoint three points for 12-3 with 22 minutes gone.

But the Warriors responded almost immediately as Mieres struck a penalty of his own for 15-3.

Doncaster then began to work the ball well as a superb passage of play nearly saw Tyson Lewis stretch Worcester’s backline.

And the momentum continued to swing in Doncaster’s favour as they eventually forced Worcester into a penalty award.

Wingman Flockhart needed no second invite to double his scoring tally as he reduced the deficit, seeing Worcester go into the half time interval 15-6 to the good.

Mieres continued where he left off with a penalty for 18-6 in the 55th minute as the visitors capitalised on a collection of uncharacteristic Knights errors.

Flockhart thought he had got the Knights back on course with his third successful penalty (18-9) but Worcester countered with devastating effect as replacement Max Stelling touched down.

Mieres added the 60th minute extras for a 25-9 lead to Worcester.

Castle Park erupted three minutes later when Doncaster’s scrum powered towards the line as the Warriors were penalised for a penalty try.

The Warriors were also left with a man down as Jonny Arr was sin-binned. Flockhart then kicked for 26-16.

However, the Knights found themselves chasing another try as Worcester’s dive down was given by the officials and Mieres kicked for 32-16 to the away side.

And that proved to be the final score as Knights’ winning start came to an abrupt end on home soil and Worcester clinched a bonus-point victory.

Knights: Jarvis, Flockhart, Clark, Armitage, Lewis, Lennard, Palu, List, Hunter, Quigley, Challinor, Hotson, Makaafi, Hills (c), Shaw. Subs: T.Davies, Bergmanas, R.Davies, Phelan, Eggleshaw, Bulumakau, Bravo.

Worcester: Howard, Smith, Grove, Symons, Biggs, Mieres, Mulchrone, Bower, Annett, Schonert, Percival, Sanderson, Williams (c), Betty, van Velze. Subs: George, Daniels, Rapava Ruskin, Cox, Arr, Eden, Stelling.

Attendance: 1,426