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Doncaster Knights Keep 100% Record

SSE National League 1 Round 6 review

Last Updated: Oct 17, 2013 08:34am
Town Moor, Doncaster
By Nicol McClelland
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Doncaster Knights kept their perfect record for the season intact with a hard-fought 36-19 win at Richmond on Saturday.

The League One leaders are now the only side in the National Leagues not to have dropped a point following a sixth straight bonus-point victory. Clive Griffiths' men held a slender five-point lead at half-time, but two tries in the first 20 minutes of the second half through Tyson Lewis and Roberto Santamaria put clear water between themselves and the home side. Richmond hit back with two tries of their own, but Lewis struck again, six minutes from time, to kill off any hopes the Londoners had of making an unlikely comeback.

Loughborough Students failed to score four tries or more for the first time this season, but they were still more than a match for Fylde, who were beaten 23-7 in the Midlands. The league's top try-scorer, full-back Jack Pons, took his tally for the season to nine when he scored the Students' third try on 68 minutes. Alex Davis and Chris Surman scored the rest of their side's points.

Coventry, Rosslyn Park and Esher are all tied on 24 points following wins at the weekend. Park enjoyed the biggest win of the day: 51-20 victory at home to Wharfedale. The hosts, who remain unbeaten, trailed early, but 26 unanswered points were enough to make it three home wins on the bounce. Fly-half Scott Sneddon kicked 16 points in a game of two yellow cards apiece.

Coventry, watched by another four-figure crowd at the Butts Park Arena, had two tries from wing Will Hurrell and 14 points from the boot of Cliffie Hodgson to thank for their 24-10 win over Old Albanians. Meanwhile, Luke Daniels took his overall points tally past the century mark in Esher's 28-20 victory against Blackheath at Molesey Road. Daniels kicked three penalties and two conversions and scored one of his side's three tries.

Henley Hawks registered their second draw of the season at Cinderford. In a game of hugely contrasting halves, the Hawks ran in four tries before the interval to lead 29-10. But the Forresters fought back after the break, scoring three tries in the third quarter to take the initiative. Rob Stapley's try on 68 minutes ensured the game finished with honours even at 34-all.

At the bottom end of the table Cinderford, Old Albanians and Tynedale, who beat Worthing 37-31 in an entertaining game at Corbridge, are all on nine points – eight ahead of struggling Hull Ionians. Last season's Two North champions are still awaiting their first win of the season after a 30-5 loss at home to Blaydon.

 

Round 5 results, Saturday October 12

Cinderford 34 Henley Hawks 34

Coventry 24 Old Albanians 10

Esher 28 Blackheath 20

Hull Ionians 5 Blaydon 30

Loughborough Students 23 Fylde 7

Richmond 19 Doncaster Knights 36

Rosslyn Park 51 Wharfedale 20

Tynedale 37 Worthing 31

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