Doncaster Knights limber up with 179-point three-game spree

Dougie Flockhart scored a late try for Knights
Dougie Flockhart scored a late try for Knights

Doncaster Knights completed their pre-season campaign with a 52-0 win over Blaydon at Castle Park,

The club’s third win in as many starts took their points tally to 179 in the three games.

With Knights conceding just a converted try, the club’s coaching staff have every reason to be pleased with their preparations going into Saturday’s Championship opener against London Welsh.

The game also saw club captain Matt Challinor and prop Colin Quigley, who missed the two previous games due to injury, come on in the second half.

Director of rugby Clive Griffiths had always expected Blaydon to give them their toughest pre-season test and that proved to be the case in the first half.

Just five points separated the two sides at the end of a scrappy first period – though Knights did have three tries disallowed.

Scrum-half Brad Field made the running for Will Hurrell’s unconverted try just after the half-hour mark.

Knights responded to some straight talking during the break by scoring two tries in the opening five minutes, Wing Tyson Lewis bagged the first and then helped set up centre Andy Bulumakau’s try.

Sam Edgerley, who had played a part in Lewis’s try, was also involved in the move which ended with Newcastle trialist second-rower Glen Young touching down on 51 minutes,

Hurrell crashed over from close range following a huge driving maul and then helped set up a try for No 8 Alex Shaw.

Dougie Flockhart and Jim Wigglesworth both touched down for late tries, both goaled by the Scot, who had taken over the kicking duties from half-back Declan Cusack.