Doncaster Knights v Yorkshire Carnegie, Sunday 19th March, kick off 3pm
Yorkshire Carnegie travel to Castle Park next Sunday for the eagerly awaited Greene King IPA Championship clash with Doncaster Knights, kick off 3pm. The game is live on Sky Sports and will be a huge clash for both clubs. Yorkshire won on their last visit to Doncaster in the semi finals last year but the Knights dominant win at Headingley Carnegie the previous week saw them progress to the final against Bristol. Earlier this season, Carnegie won 24-6 at Headingley Carnegie in the return game but Doncaster are no one of the form teams in the competition having won five of their last six league games. Kids are free for this game with a paying adult, please is only available by purchasing from Castle Park. There are special drink deals available on the day too. For more info call 01302 831388.
Doncaster Knights 31 Yorkshire Carnegie 26
A dramatic finale at Castle Park proved too little, too late for Yorkshire Carnegie as they had to console themselves with a try and losing bonus point in a 31-26 defeat. Carnegie have not won in the league at Doncaster since Stuart Lancaster's promotion winning side in 2006-07 and the long wait continues after this tight contest that saw both sides have a try disallowed by the television match official and three yellow cards shown. Yorkshire came into the game on the back of a four game losing run that started with a home defeat to Cornish Pirates a month ago. That run of form had allowed Doncaster and Ealing to drag Carnegie back to within sight of the chasing pack and Bryan Redpath’s side needed a strong performance to re-establish their play off credentials. The visitors started the game well and took the lead after nine minutes. The position came from two good drives by the Mayhew brothers, who both went close, before play went back for an early penalty. Yorkshire kicked to the corner and eventually Lewis Boyce was driven over the line. Ford added the conversion to make it 7-0. Doncaster thought they had hit back when Tyson Lewis spectacularly caught a pass one handed before diving out to touch down in the corner however the score was ruled by the television match official for a forward last pass. The home side did level the game after 20 minutes. Yorkshire had just been reduced to 14 men when Ford was sin binned for a deliberate knock on to prevent a try scoring chance for the home side. Carnegie defended the initial attack well but then the ball was moved in field and a dummy from fly half Simon Humberstone unlocked the visitors defence and he went through the gap to score between the posts. Doug Flockhart added the conversion and a penalty soon after to give his side the lead. The Knights will have felt that they should have been further in front after twice failing to capitalise of blistering counter attacks with an extra man out wide ready to take the final pass. As it was, they had to settle for another penalty with the final kick of the first half to make it 13-7 at the break. Carnegie made a great start to the second half as Chris Elder made the extra man to go over in the corner. Ford added the conversion to nudge his side back in front. However, it was all Doncaster after that as they built up a seemingly unassailable lead of 31-14 thanks to two tries from centre Andy Bulumakau as the Knights looked to have secured the win. However, Carnegie never gave in and they crossed for their third try immediately after Doncaster had scored their last. Matt Smith caught the short kick off and offloaded to Josh Bainbridge, who galloped over for the try. Doncaster were reduced to 14 men with nine minutes to go when Matt Challinor was sin binned for kicking out and the cut was then cut further when Elder showed great strength and speed to go through the gap and score his second try and secure the try bonus point. Ford missed the conversion attempt but Carnegie were now within a try of levelling the game. The Knights finished the game with 13 men when Humberstone, like Ford in the first half, was sin binned for a deliberate knock on. Ford thought he had won the game for his side when he went through a gap to score between the posts but the television official decided the gap was created by the run of Andy Forsyth. Carnegie battled hard to get the winning score in the closing minutes but Doncaster were able to keep control and run down the clock to secure the win.