League leaders Doncaster proved too strong for Cinderford, but the visitors played their part in a highly entertaining match and left Castle Park with the consolation of a four try bonus point.

Matt Clark opened the scoring for the home side in the 2nd minute with a try that Jamie Lennard converted. Nev Codlin quickly levelled the scores, going over for a try which Mark Davies converted. Codlin appeared to be away for another score soon afterwards, but he pulled up short with an injury, and when the ball was recycled Lennard intercepted to race the length of the field to score a try which he also converted.

Two more tries quickly followed for the Knights through powerful winger Tyson Lewis and Michael Hills, both of which were converted by Lennard, who then landed a penalty to make it 31-7 after 34 minutes of play.  Cinderford responded with a well taken try from Mike Wilcox, which Davies converted, before Glenn Bryce scored his sides’ fifth try right on the stroke of half-time.

After the re-start Lewis, Lennard and then Clark all scored their second tries with Lennard adding two more conversions. The visitors replied when George Evans forced his way over from close range, with Tom Law landing the conversion. Dougie Flockhart scored a ninth try for the Knights, which Lennard again converted to give him a 27 points tally in the match. However Cinderford had the last word, when they scored a well deserved fourth try through Lance Randall, which Law converted.

Cinderford: M.Wilcox, N.Codlin (A.Pickersgill 19), J.Adams, R.Winchle, S.Baker, M.Davies (T.Law 59), R.Boughton, C.Bundy, T.Bozzard (F.Sinclair 59), T.Heard (E.Booley 57), L.Randall, E.King, A.Balding (G.Mills 49), R.Birkin, G.Evans (Capt.)


2 responses to “Doncaster Knights 62-28 Cinderford”

  1. Dave says:

    From the match report on Doncaster’s web site it indicates that Cinderford had several chances to score more points….looking forward to the ‘debrief’ up the club dinner time. Great wins for United and Stags…..

    Doncaster’s match report –

    Emphatic victory for attacking Knights

    Doncaster Knights 62 vs Cinderford 28

    Castle Park played host to Forest of Dean based Cinderford in front of an impressive, vocal home crowd of over a 1000. DOR Clive Griffiths named a very attacking side for a game with the potential to be a cracker and it didn’t disappoint

    The Knights came out of the changing rooms with a bang, lead out by Chris Planchant on his 101st appearance for the club, inside the first two minutes Donny were over for a try. A deft offload from Darren Morris saw Mat Clark with the ball, with a sea of defenders in front of him the centre showed outstanding power to burst through numerous attempted tackles and race over the line, Lennard converted successfully.

    Cinderford looked to respond with a penalty on 5 minutes to the far right of the sticks but the attempt from Mark Davies sailed wide. However it was only moments later that they registered their first score, a powerful driving maul set the platform, before some slick handling in the back line freed up winger Nev Codlin who raced over the whitewash.

    The Knights pack hit back as they surged over the line following a maul but, under the pile of bodies, it was impossible to see the grounding of the ball so the call was held up. The Knights front row of Morris, Santamaria and Brugnara set about their task and on four occasions the Knights were awarded a penalty as they powered close to the line however at the fifth time of asking the ball spilled loose and the chance was lost.

    The Knights second try was a real crowd pleaser, Cinderford’s Nev Codlin burst through midfield and sprinted towards the line, Tyson Lewis set off in pursuit and produced a superb cover tackle to stop a certain try. Cinderford recycled the ball quickly and went blind with a three man overlap, a try looked a certainty until Jamie Lennard intercepted the final pass and set off for an 80 metre sprint to the Cinderford try line. Lennard could not be caught and added the conversion 14-7.

    It wasn’t long before the crowd were on their feet again, Glenn Bryce jinked his way free of a tackle and offloaded to Woodhouse, the Aussie timed his pass to perfection to Tyson Lewis, the flyer skipped out of a tackle and raced under the sticks 21-7.

    The fourth try bonus point was secured two minutes later, Bruno Bravo made a half break before finding Paul Jarvis in space, the winger sprinted into the 22m, fixed the full back and spun the ball to open side flanker Michael Hills who was in support to race away.

    On 33 minutes Lennard further increased the score, a penalty for not rolling away in front of the uprights meant an easy three pointer 31-7.

    Cinderford were not about to lay down, a well-orchestrated midfield move opened up the home defences for the Red and Black’s leading try scorer Michael Wilcox to slide over in the corner 31-14.

    The visitors continued to compete right to the end of the first half and from one attack an ambitious chip kick into the 22m nearly bore fruit but Tyson kept a cool head. The winger retrieved the ball, skipped out of the tackle and sprinted clear of the back pedalling defence. Glenn Bryce was up in support to receive the pass and race from half way to score.

    Half time score Doncaster 36 Cinderford 14.

    The Knights continued in the very same attacking vein in the second half, neat handling down the blindside allowed Tyson Lewis space with one man to beat, with a powerful fend he held off the Cinderford scrum half and dotted the ball down 41-14.

    Cinderford continued to fight despite the score line and a surging driving maul almost forced a third score but stout Knights defending held them out. Jacob Woodhouse sparked the next real attack he made a break in midfield before some acrobatics saw the Aussie break the tackle but covering full back Wilcox eventually hauled him down.

    On 53 minutes new signing Santiago Sodini replaced Darren Morris to make his Castle Park debut. Jamie Lennard was over for his second of the afternoon shortly afterwards, Paul Jarvis made the initial break before Lennard received the ball just inside the 22m and ghosted through half a gap and slid over the line.

    Doncaster’s eighth try of the afternoon came after wing Paul Jarvis sprinted down the touchline only to be held out inches short, the pack joined in the effort before Mat Clark burrowed his way over the line 55-14. As the try was awarded Cinderford suffered another blow when no. 9 Reece Broughton was sent to the bin for dissent.

    The Gloucestershire club were still playing with great heart even with 14 men and following a sustained spell of possession their powerful forward pack got just rewards with a try under the sticks 55-21.

    Lucas Guillaume had enjoyed an industrious afternoon and he set up the next try for the Knights, the big back row turned over ruck ball and set off down the touchline before slipping the ball inside to replacement winger Dougie Flockhart, the Scotsman needed no second invitation to race over and score.

    Cinderford could be embroiled in a relegation dog fight in 2014 and know the significance of every point on the road and on 75 minutes they got their prize as they recorded a deserved fourth try. Following a break from Jack Adams the pack bulldozed over the line with Lance Randall touching down, the visitors celebrated what could be a crucial point heartily.

    This was to prove the final score of the afternoon, a great game of rugby from two attacking side that produced 13 tries and a total of 90 points, a great advert for the game.

    Beneficial results elsewhere in the league mean the Knights now have 12-point cushion at the top and significant momentum as they head West to face Fylde next week.

    Doncaster Knights

    1.Ricardo Brugnara 2.Roberto Santamaria (Jack Bergmanus 64’) 3.Darren Morris (Santiago Sodini 53’) 4.Matt Challinro 5.Chris Planchant 6.Lucas Guillame 7.Michael Hills 8.Adam Kettle 9.Bruno Bravo (Paul Roberts 72’) 10. Jamie Lennard ) 11.Tyson Lewis (Dougie Flockhart 64’) 12.Mat Clark 13.Jacob Woodhouse 14.Paul Jarvis 15.Glenn Bryce (Bevon Armitage 68’)

    16.Santiago Sodini 17.Jack Bergmanus 18.Bevan Armitage 19.Dougie Flockhart 20.Paul Roberts

    Tries: Mat Clark 2’ 63’ Jamie Lennard 20’ 58’ Tyson Lewis 24’ 43’ Michael Hills 26’ Glenn Bryce 40’ Dougie Flockhart 72’
    Conversions: Jamie Lennard 2’ 20’ 24’ 26’ 58’ 63’ 72’
    Penalties: Jamie Lennard 33’

    1.Christopher Bundy 2.Thomas Bozzard (Finlay Sinclair 58’) 3.Thomas Heard (Elliott Booley 57’) 4.Lance Randall 5.Edward King 6.Adam Balding (George Mills 49’) 7.Roger Birkin 8.George Evans 9.Reece Boughton 10.Mark Davies (Thomas Law 58’) 11.Nevaro Codlin (Alex Pickersgill 21’) 12. Robert Winchle 13.Jack Adams 14. Samuel Barker 15.Michael Wilcox

    16.Finlay Sinclair 17.Elliott Booley 18.Thomas Law 19. Alex Pickersgill 20. George Mills

    Tries: Nevaro Codlin 7’ Michael Wilcox 38’ Christopher Bundy 68’ Lance Randall 76’
    Conversions: Mark Davies 7’ 38’ Thomas Law 76’

    Referee: Wayne Falla
    Man of the match: Tyson Lewis
    Attendance: 1097

    Written by Rebecca Bird

  2. Andrew Knowles says:

    Thoroughly enjoyed the visit of Cinderford and had a decent craic with the travelling support.
    Of all the sides we’ve seen at Castle Park Cinderford were one of the more attacking, in fact with ball in hand looked as good as any. Not quite so strong without the ball though.
    Good luck for the rest of the season.

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