Knights keep up 100 percent record

Two-try Tyson Lewis takes the game to Worthing
Two-try Tyson Lewis takes the game to Worthing

Injury-hit Doncaster Knights maintained their 100 per cent start despite a mixed bag performance against promoted Worthing Raiders.

Improvement on one hand, disappointment on the other - there was hardly an outpouring of joy at the final whistle at Castle Park.

The Knights did not get too embroiled in an early slog as they had done in the two previous games. Instead, they took command after ten minutes and surged well clear by half time.

But the disappointment came in the second half as they allowed Worthing to come back into the game.

A number of questionable decisions by the match official plus more players joining the long injury list made life particularly easy for Clive Griffiths’ side but they certainly played a part in their own discomfort.

Determined Worthing did not deserve a drubbing but there was an opportunity for the Knights to do so.

The visitors took the lead just two minutes in, Joe Govett slotting over a penalty after the Knights were put under pressure when they failed to claim the kick-off.

Both sides made plenty of errors in the opening stages and Dougie Flockhart landed a levelling kick.

The hosts began to take control of the game, keeping the ball alive well and starting to find the gaps in the opposition line.

And three converted tries in nine minutes put them in command.

First, Bruno Bravo capped an excellent break through Paul Jarvis and Tyson Lewis by squeezing over.

Then Bevon Armitage scored following a fine catch and drive move starting on the 22.

And Lewis completed the quickfire treble by collecting a cheeky outside-of-the-boot grubber kick from Adam Kettle to race in unopposed.

The Knights spent much of the remainder of the half camped in opposition territory without really threatening the line.

But they did seal the bonus point on the stroke of half time.

After a turnover on half way, Mat Clark laid off to Lewis who surged forward, side-stepped a challenge and raced over under the posts with Flockhart adding the extras.

The Knights drew first blood after the break but failed to maintain the early momentum.

A beautiful kick through along the floor with the instep from Clark sent Jack Bergmanas in to score unopposed with Flockhart curling a superb conversion from the right.

Worthing mounted a strong period of pressure following the fifth try and a score from the visitors seemed only a matter of time, especially when Phil Eggleshaw saw yellow for persistant infringements.

And the try did indeed come with replacement Rob Smith diving over.

Play from the Knights was a little scrappy with a few over-complicated plays. Several breaks were ended with misplaced passes out wide.

And Worthing were keen to punish, grabbing their second try 13 minutes from time.

A good line-out played in Finlay Coxon-Smith who broke through a tackle to run in.

It proved to be the last scoring contribution as the game petered out, leaving the Knights with wounds to heal and improvements to be made.

Knights: Jarvis, Flockhart, Clark (Eti-Slater 64), Armitage, Lewis, Barker, Bravo, Bergmanas (Hunter 66), Santamaria (Hallam 66), Phillips, Challinor, Kenworthy, Kettle (Tamanis 35), Hills (Walker-Fitton 12), Eggleshaw.