Sat 19 Sep 2015

Pocklington RUFC
Doncaster Phoenix RUFC

Fielding a much changed side Pocklington had three Colts making their debut, giving them six teenagers in the lineup. Doncaster also fielded a number of promising youngsters, but the other side of the coin for the visitors was a nucleus of former professionals with extensive Premiership and Championship experience.

The old heads were prominent as Doncaster took an early lead, but Pocklington raised their game, with No 8 Karl Durkin to the fore, to storm back for wing Josh Britton to step through on the left, Billy Hardy converting. Debutant fullback Matt Procter put in a series of well judged touchfinders to keep Pocklington on the front foot but Doncaster regained the lead with a second try.

Pocklington's strong end to the half then brought a try for Josh Britland who followed up a slide rule kick from fellow halfback Ben Rees to cross under the posts, Hardy converting and adding a penalty for Pocklington to lead 17-13 at the break.

Pocklington started the second half on the attack but Doncaster's big game players turned the table and the visitors pulled clear with a trio of tries in quick succession, two from their own half as Pocklington's tackling let them down.

Again Pocklington came back strongly. After another elusive run from Britton, centre Jack Holbrough powered down the left to go over in the corner, then Britland supported a strong Hardy surge to twist in for his second touchdown, another debutant Nathan Saltmer converting.

That gave Pocklington a four try bonus point and they were unlucky not to get another when two close calls just went against them. First Hardy was fouled ten yards out when he looked likely to score, then Britland followed a kick ahead and was clear only for the ball to bounce away from him.

But Doncaster held out then had the last word, crossing for a seventh time with the last play of the game.