|Teams||Doncaster Knights vs Ealing Trailfinders|
|Score||50 - 19|
Match Report - 07-Apr-2018
Doncaster Knights overpowered an uncharacteristically lethargic Ealing Trailfinders as the Londoners suffered their first defeat since February, falling 50-19 to the Knights at Castle Park.
The Knights scored seven tries and despite two scores from James Cordy Redden as well as a try from Luke Carter there was to be no repeat of a number of memorable comebacks this season as a relentless display from the hosts gave them a deserved victory.
Doncaster got off to the perfect start with a try in the opening two minutes from Lloyd Hayes. The Trailfinders had possession and were looking to go forward, but a turnover was spun wide and allowed the inside centre to dive over in the corner for the first points of the afternoon. Dougie Flockhart’s touchline conversion gave the Knights an early 7-0 lead.
That lead was doubled on the 10 minute mark as Cameron Cowell went over for the second try of the match. Again the Trailfinders were in possession but lost the ball softly, and the ball fell in to the arms of the full-back who had a clear run to the line from 40 metres out. Flockhart again converted to extend their lead to 14-0.
The West Londoners then began to settle and came back in to the match with a try from Luke Carter. Three consecutive penalties took them right up to the try-line, and despite the maul being brought down the scrum half was able to power over from close range to score. Luke Daniels converted to cut the deficit to just seven points.
Doncaster then dominated possession for the remainder of the first half and could have been further in front but two missed penalties from Flockhart let Ben Ward’s men off the hook.
However a third try for the Knights with just five minutes left of the first 40 minutes gave them further breathing space. Aaron Penberthy’s wide looping pass was intercepted by Andy Bulumakau who showed impressive pace to make it to the line. Flockhart converted to put his side 21-7 as half time approached.
With the final play of the half a chance for the visitors saw a loose ball pounced on by Lewis Jones who ran up to the half way line, but his grubber ahead was gathered by former Ealing man Curtis Wilson who kicked the ball out to signal the end of the first half.
Doncaster got off to the perfect start in the second half with another try from Andy Bulumaku to put themselves firmly in control. A number of phases saw them edge towards the line, and then the centre beat his defender to dive over for the bonus point try.
The Trailfinders responded straight away as they began what would need to be a remarkable turn around. Luke Carter and Joe Munro combined in the midfield to break the line of defence, and then the ball found the big winger who powered over the final defender to score. The conversion from Daniels cut the gap to 28-14, but it was Doncaster who were to get the next score to all but end the contest.
Jack Ram bundled over from a five metre lineout to put the result beyond doubt, and that was quickly followed by another try for the hosts as Charlie Foley’s neat dummy saw him run straight through the middle of the defence to bring up the 40 point mark.
Cordy Redden then got a late consolation for the Trailfinders as a break from debutant Ollie Stedman gave them front foot ball and allowed the winger to score in the corner, but the final score of the day would deservedly go to the hosts as Curtis Langdon went over from the base of a scrum to round off a miserable day for the Londoners.
Ben Ward’s side now welcome Hartpury to Vallis Way next weekend as they look to get back to winning ways, knowing a victory will secure them second place in the Greene King IPA Championship.
15 Cameron Cowell, 14 Dougie Flockhart, 13 Andy Bulumakau, 12 Lloyd Hayes, 11 Curtis Wilson, 10 Charlie Foley, 9 Tom James, 1 Richard List, 2 Ben Hunter, 3 Colin Quigley, 4) Matt Challinor, 5) Nick Civetta, 6) Alex Shaw, 7) Jack Ram 8) Josh Tyrell
16) Curtis Langdon, 17) Jack Bergmanas, 18) Joe Sproston, 19) Adam Batt, 20) Jason Hill, 21) Michael Heaney, 22) Tyson Lewis
Tries: Lloyd Hayes (2 minutes) Cameron Cowell (11 minutes) Andy Bulumakau (36, 47 minutes) Jack Ram (60 minutes) Charlie Foley (64 minutes) Curtis Langdon (78 minutes)
Conversions: Dougie Flockhart (2, 11, 36, 47, 64, 78 minutes)
Penalties: Dougie Flockhart (68 minutes)
15 Luke Daniels 14 Will Harries (replaced by Peter Lydon, 50 mins) 13 Lewis Jones 12 Joe Munro 11 James Cordy Redden 10 Aaron Penberthy 9 Luke Carter (replaced by Dan Grant Adamson, 70 mins) 1 James Gibbons (replaced by Alex Lundberg, 40 mins) 2 Matt Cornish (replaced by Alun Walker, 53 mins)3 Mark Tampin (replaced by Lewis Thiede, 40 mins) 4 Sam Dickinson (replaced by Ollie Stedman, 65 mins) 5 Harry Casson 6 Kieran Murphy (c) 7 Rayn Smid (replaced by Arthur Ellis, 50 mins) 8 Mark Bright
16 Alun Walker 17 Alex Lundberg 18 Lewis Thiede 19 Ollie Stedman 20 Dan Temm 21 Dan Grant Adamson 22 Peter Lydon
Tries: Luke Carter (17 minutes) James Cordy Redden (52, 69 minutes)
Conversions: Luke Daniels (17, 52 minutes)
Referee: Andrew Jackson
Assistant Referees: William Burton & Simon Park
Fourth Official: Michael Harris
Half Time Score: Doncaster Knights 21 - 7 Ealing Trailfinders