Rugby Union: Doncaster Knights 36 Bedford 20

Doncaster Knights on their way to a third B&I Cup victory
Doncaster Knights on their way to a third B&I Cup victory

Doncaster Knights didn’t need an injury-time try to clinch victory over Bedford Blues as they had done in their previous B & I Cup Pool D clash at Castle Park.

Fortunately for Knights, given their mistake-littered second half showing, they had built up a 31-10 interval lead and Bedford never looked like denying them their third successive win in the competition.

Knights took the lead against the run of play on five minutes with Paul Jarvis, the hat-trick hero of the dramatic win over Cornish Pirates, notching his fourth try in two games.

There looked to be nothing on when the full-back received the ball out wide about 30 metres out, but he brushed off several defenders and then showed the cover a clean pair of heels.

Recalled fly-half Jamie Lennard, who kicked well out of hand for much of the game, added the extras to make it 7-0.

Bedford hit back in spirited fashion before falling further behind on 15 minutes, slick handling from a free-kick 25 metres out, culminating in trialist win Sam Wilson racing in wide out.

Bedford opened their account with an 18th minute penalty by fly-half Jake Sharp.

Knights suffered a blow on 24 minutes when in-form centre Andy Bulumakau was stretchered off with an ankle injury.

His departure resulted in Knights having to make several positional changes to their back division, but it didn’t affect their momentum.

Prop Tom Davies broke clear just inside the Bedford half and passed inside to flanker Latu Makaafi who ran strongly before off-loading to scrum-half Tomasi Pala. Lennard added the extras this time to make it 19-3.

With the game looking to be running away from them, Bedford realistically needed to score next and did so with a well-worked converted try by full-back Jim Wigglesworth,.

Knights increased their lead on 34 minutes, skipper Michael Hill touching down from a forward drive.

Centre Bevon Armitage rounded off an impressive first half showing by the clinical Knights, crossing under the posts from close range for a converted bonus try after some good handling from a lineout.

Knights were as poor in the second half as they had been good in the first, losing a number of their own lineouts, regularly surrendering possession at the turnover and not being as defensively sound.

The only addition to their tally came from an unconverted try by prop Ricardo Brugara, ironically from a lost lineout close to the Bedford line, with the much-changed visitors replying with tries by skipper Paul Tupai and wing Pat Tapley.

Knights: Jarvis, Wilson,Bulumakau,Armitage,Lewis; Lennard, Palu; Tom Davies, Bergmanas, Quigley, Challinor, Phelan, Makaafi,Hills, Eggleshaw. Rep: List, Hunter,Brugara, Hotson, Foden, Tresidder, Roberts.