Rugby Union: Perfect ten for Doncaster Phoenix

Action from Phoenix's win at York. Photo: FSP Images
Action from Phoenix's win at York. Photo: FSP Images
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Doncaster Phoenix cemented their place at the top of Yorkshire One with a 23-16 victory on the road at York, writes Frazer Snowdon.

It was nip and tuck throughout the game although Phoenix edged the contest, especially through powerful play from the forwards.

Flanker James Holland got the ball rolling for Doncaster with a try after ten minutes but York struck back with two penalties.

Jono Storey crashed over under the posts and Craig Deakin kicked the extras to re-establish Phoenix’s lead and a Deakin penalty shortly after made it 15-6.

York stayed in the game and scored two tries but a second of the afternoon for Holland and another try from Mark Steadman in the dying minutes sealed a tenth straight league win for Phoenix.

Wath on Dearne held onto sixth place in Yorkshire One but had little to offer as Malton and Norton, the second placed side to Phoenix, ran in five tries on their way to a 38-13 victory at Moor Road.

Wath had only a penalty goal by fly-half Andy Barratt to show for their first-half effort, although they broke through the Malton defence 15 minutes into the second period when a maul resulted in a try which was credited to No 8 Matthew Burrows. Barratt converted.