Ealing Trailfinders 57 Doncaster Knights 14: Griffiths’s players endure nightmare trip

Doncaster's Simon Humberstone.
Doncaster's Simon Humberstone.
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DONCASTER KNIGHTS host Championship leaders Bristol on Saturday on the back of already being vanquished by the competition’s second-placed side.

Clive Griffiths’s team were 31-7 down by half-time at Ealing Trailfinders at the weekend, having conceded four tries in a blistering open 40 minutes.

They limited the damage in the second period against their in-form hosts but it was yet another tough afternoon for the South Yorkshire club who have now gone five league games without a win.

Doncaster will need to make vast improvements to compete against Bristol who, just two seasons ago, they faced in the Championship final.

Charlie Foley actually scored the first try of the game for Doncaster, Dougie Flockhart improving, but the centre had to depart injured in the 20th minutes to add to their problems.

They would not cross again until Cameron Cowell, the full-back on dual-registration from Newcastle Falcons, crossed in the 71st minute, Simon Humberstone this time converting.

Ealing full-back Luke Daniels contributed a personal total of 22 points with a try, seven conversions and a penalty.

His free-flowing side continue to show why they remain Bristol’s biggest challengers for promotion.

Centre Lewis Jones and openside Rayn Smid both scored braces while hooker Alun Walker, blindside Kieran Murphy and winger Will Harries also added tries in a one-sided destruction.

Doncaster could have centre Mat Clark back for Saturday after the influential centre successfully made his comeback from injury with Hull Ionians.