Kingstone Press Champiosnhip
Swinton Lions 22-36 Doncaster RLFC
Referee: A Gill
Venue: Leigh Sports Village
Swinton: Atkin, Burke, Lewis, Peet, Hawkyard, O'Brien, Watson, Riley, Dwyer, Morrison, Thornley, Hawkyard Ackers. Subs: Menzies, Johnson, Barber, Hulme.
Dons: Scott, Morrison, Leaf, Welham, Hodson, Cooke, Wilkinson, Carbutt, Kesik, Robinson, Kent, Starling, Emmett. Subs: Spaven, Castle, Spiers, Snitch
Doncaster RLFC followed up last week’s win against Rochdale Hornets with a hard fought win away at Swinton Lions.
It was the home side who made the perfect start, Paul Cooke put a high bomb up, Swinton let the ball bounce and it fell to Chris Atkin who broke and went the length of the field. Gareth O’Brien added the extras to give the Lions a 6-0 lead.
The Dons hit back though, Cooke put another bomb up which spiralled in the air, which was knocked on by Swinton. The Dons took advantage of the field possession with Cooke sending Craig Robinson crashing over. Dave Scott kicked the conversion to level the scores.
Swinton were next to cross, Atkin made another great break for Swinton but was caught at the last. From the next play, Ian Watson threw a super dummy and went over. O’Brien added the extra’s to restore the Lions’ advantage.
The Dons once more rallied and came back, Kyle Kesik at dummy half dived over under the posts. Scott made no mistake to even the scores at 12-12.
Kesik continued to be a real threat for the Dons at dummy half, he got the play going quickly and was awarded a penalty after being held down. The Dons stormed up field but couldn’t take advantage, Alex Starling was held up over the line.
The Dons continued to press, but Swinton once more held out, Scott Spaven was this time held up over the line on the last tackle.
In the 29th minute, Swinton were awarded a penalty for interference at the play the ball and now had possession 40 metres from the Dons line. The Lions handled really well and Steve Lewis broke through and passed inside to the supporting Ritchie Hawkyard to score the try. This time O’Brien failed with the boot as Swinton took a 16-12 lead at the break.
Half Time- Swinton Lions 16-12 Doncaster RLFC
Swinton continued to look dangerous in attack after the break, Atkin puts in a grubber kick which bounced horribly for Tom Hodson to deal with, and was forced to put the ball over the dead ball line. From the drop out the Lions continued to press and were rewarded when Darren Hawkyard powered his way through to score the try. O’Brien added the conversion to give Swinton a ten point lead.
Doncaster hit back though once more, after a great piece of play. The Dons had a scrum 20 metres out, the ball came out to Cooke on the first tackle, who grubbered superbly for the corner and Tom Hodson chased and scored. Scott added the conversion with a fantastic kick from just inside the left touchline.
The Dons were awarded another penalty for interference at the play the ball, with Doncaster gaining possession 30 metres out. Doncaster took full advantage when Steve Snitch went over for his first Dons try, after Paul Cooke sent him crashing over from close range. Scott kept up his 100% record with the boot to put Doncaster in the lead for the first time in the match.
Doncaster kept their momentum going and extended their lead, Liam Welham made the break and the supporting Hodson went over for his second try. Scott added the extras to give Doncaster a 22-30 advantage.
The victory was sealed three minutes from time, when Craig Robinson spun his way over after another great pass from Cooke. Scott added the conversion to deny Rochdale the bonus point.
Full Time- Swinton Lions 22-36 Doncaster RLFC
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