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Doncaster 46 South Wales 12

South Wales Scorpions were easily swept aside by a rampant Doncaster losing side, 46-12 as the hosts continued their unbeaten home record.
Doncaster 46 South Wales 12
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South Wales Scorpions were easily swept aside by a rampant Doncaster losing side, 46-12 as the hosts continued their unbeaten home record.

In a repeat of the fixture that was South Wales' first ever away match way back in 2010, both teams now have the same ambitions in obtaining one of the precious four promotion places this season, and on a glorious sunny day at the Keepmoat Stadium, the five hour journey did nothing to subdue the loyal vocal South Wales support making themselves heard in what was to be a long day at the office for the Welsh.

Doncaster took no time in asserting themselves with an early try after just three minutes from Craig Robinson, finding a wide gap in midfield and scoring directly under the posts, duly converted by Paul Cooke.

They almost scored again with a break from Tom Hodson, charging down the wing, although stopped short of the line, the momentum gave Jack Ely the opportunity to score on the left wing at point blank range. The conversion was unsuccessful.

Scorpions tried to hit back quickly with a chip and chase from Chris Vitalini following a Dons handling error but were beaten with the ball going out of play. However the Scorpions didn't have to wait long with a race down the wing with Dalton Grant finishing off the move to score in the corner. Although in the corner Jamie Rooney showed his skills with a successful conversion.

In a fast and furious encounter, Scorpions' joy was short lived when Hodson shook off a tackle on the half way mark and this time was not denied and scored brace under the posts, an easy conversion by Cooke.

Mossop almost scored with a clever side-step for the Scorpions but was held up just under the posts. However some sloppy defence and a careless handling error gave the Dons a scrum start on the Scorpions 20 metre line, with some slick hands the Dons got the ball to Liam Cunningham to score another try in the corner stretching the lead to 20?6 to Doncaster with just over 27 minutes of play.

With half time approaching Kieran Hyde made a clever chip into the waiting hands of Hodson which stretched the Scorpions' defence giving him plenty of space to score his brace and Cooke an easy conversion. Half-time score at the Keepmoat Stadium 26-6 to Doncaster.

Doncaster continued as they left off, after a phase of long passes, the Dons really stretched the Scorpions defence, yet again exposing the visitors out wide letting Hodson go over for his hat-trick with just three minutes of the second half gone, conversion was unsuccessful.

Joe Burke almost lifted spirits for the Scorpions a few minutes later, but the ref deemed the try came from a forward pass, however the Scorpions were showing they were still contending the game.

However hopes of a reassurance were dampened when sub Kyle Bibb bulldozed over the line minutes later.

David James showed an explosive turn of pace breaking from the Scorpions own try line and running almost the full length of the field, however bizarrely slowing down shortly before the line enabling Dons fullback to stop what would have been the try of the game.

With the home side full of confidence Hyde's clever grubber kick fell nicely into the hands of Lee Waterman who touched down stretching the lead further.

The Scorpions kept pushing and showed lots of passion which was rewarded with less than 10 minutes to go to give them a late consolation try with a surging run and side step by Lewis Reece, goaled by Rooney. However celebrations were short-lived as Doncaster hit back with a barn-storming try by Keiran Hyde giving Doncaster a deserved 46-12 win.

The Scorpions now face "local" rivals North Wales Crusaders on Bank Holiday Monday in Wrexham in order to restore some much needed pride, whilst Doncaster have shown their try scoring ability and will have given them a big shot in the arm for promotion chances.

By Neil Goodman at Keepmoat Stadium

7 Lewis Reece
9 Dalton Grant
8 David James
23 Alan Pope
15 Greg Callow
18 Shaun Owens
6 Jamie Rooney
14 Gil Dudson
1 Steve Parry
25 Alistair McDonald
16 Joe Burke
22 Chris Vitalini
3 Joe McKenna
19 Nathan Mossop
4 Phil Carleton
24 Callum Wilkinson
11 Ashley Bateman

Tries: Grant (14), Reece (72)
Goals: Rooney 2/2

1 Mick Butterfield
2 Stud Sanderson
3 Liam Cunningham
4 Lee Waterman
5 Tom Hodson
6 Paul Cooke
7 Kieran Hyde
8 Mark Castle
9 Craig Lawton
10 Craig Robinson
11 Dean O'Loughlin
12 Jack Ely
13 Grant Edwards
14 Kyle Kesik
15 Mike Emmett
16 Russ Spires
17 Kyle Bibb

Tries: Robinson (3), Ely (7), Hodson (17,34,43), Cunningham (25), Bibb (50), Waterman (60), Hyde (77)
Goals: Cooke 4/8, Waterman 1/1

Referee: Dave Merrick
MOM Tom Hodson
Half-time: 26-6

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