MATCH REPORT: Doncaster Knights 15-50 Saracens Men


Saracens Males secured their fourth consecutive victory within the Greene King IPA Championship with a dominant 50-15 win over Doncaster Knights at Fortress Park. 

Mark McCall’s facet scored eight tries in complete and performed a few of their greatest rugby to date this season to finish Doncaster’s unbeaten begin to the marketing campaign. 

The opening exchanges had been extremely bodily with either side buying and selling photographs however to little avail, nevertheless Doncaster’s early endeavour was rewarded on the ten minute mark as Sam Olver’s penalty from 35 metres out put the hosts 3-0 forward. 

That appeared to spark Saracens in to life, and just about straight from the kick-off they responded with their opening attempt of the match. 

Billy Vunipola rapidly tapped a free-kick and drew in a variety of defenders, earlier than Owen Farrell’s flat move to Elliott Obatoyinbo created an overlap on the suitable hand facet which allowed Alex Lewington to dive over within the nook. The conversion went simply large, however McCall’s males now had a 5-3 benefit. 

Some half possibilities adopted as Nick Tompkins broke by down the touchline however had no-one in help on his return to the beginning line-up, nevertheless the boys in black wouldn’t have to attend lengthy for one more alternative. 

Sean Maitland then crossed for the second attempt to give his facet some respiratory area. Farrell, who discovered area put by an inch-perfect grubber kick which bounced up completely for the Scotland winger who made no mistake from simply 5 metres out. 

In a spell of actual dominance Elliott Obatoyinbo went inside inches of scoring, however was held up and a five-metre scrum adopted. The endurance was rewarded although, as Maro Itoje went over from the following section to attain for the second week in a row. 

There was nonetheless time to safe the bonus level earlier than the break, and it got here courtesy of a superb attempt from Michael Rhodes. Tompkins made one other storming run by the center and was hauled down simply quick, however then the ball was spun straight to the flanker within the nook who may stroll over for attempt quantity 4. 

Farrell’s touchline conversion meant his facet headed down the tunnel with a 22-3 lead on the break after a dominant opening 40 minutes at Fortress Park. 

The second half began in related style with Sarries scoring their fifth attempt simply seven minutes after the restart. Farrell launched Tompkins who had a 3 on one as he entered the 22, and he handed inside to Aled Davies who had the tempo to race by and dot down. The conversion stretched the lead as much as 26 factors. 

Lightning struck twice as Davies was available for his second attempt lower than 5 minutes later. A line out simply exterior the 22 noticed the backs undergo the palms with a superb set play, and Elliot Daly stormed in direction of the road earlier than drawing within the remaining defender and permitting Davies to cross underneath the posts. 

The sport then misplaced some depth as either side made a complete host of substitutions within the Doncaster sunshine, however Saracens then continued to flex their muscle tissue because the match entered the ultimate quarter. 

Tom Woolstencroft was subsequent over the whitewash, this time from the bottom of a rolling maul which powered in direction of the road and gave the hooker the possibility to dive over from shut vary. Manu Vunipola’s conversion then took the guests over the 40 level mark. 

The Knights then had a spell of possession after a sequence of penalties took them deep in to the 22, and their resilience was rewarded with Jack Davies driving over from only one metre out to attain their first of the afternoon. 

Jack Spittle minimize the deficit additional as he bought on the tip of an adventurous counter assault to attain Doncaster’s second, however Tom Whiteley then rounded off the scoring with a superb particular person attempt to convey up the half century for Sarries. 

The scrum-half hacked the ball forward after which confirmed wonderful soccer expertise to manage it and rating acrobatically to the delight of the bench who had been suitably impressed with their extraordinarily vocal help. Vunipola’s conversion was to be the final act of the match, and confirmed a powerful victory for McCall’s males.  

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