Knights stun Ealing to leave Bristol laughing

Dougie Flockhart
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DONCASTER Knights delivered their best performance of the season to stun second-placed Ealing Trailfinders – and promote Bristol back into the Premiership.

Clive Griffiths’ side scored seven tries as they destroyed the only side who could mathematically catch rampant leaders.

Whatever happens, the South Yorkshire club will certainly receive a warm welcome from Bristol fans when they head there on Friday for their penultimate game of this Championship season.

On Saturday, Doncaster got off to a confident start when ex-Rotherham Titans centre Lloyd Hayes crossed inside just two minutes and full-back Cameron Cowell quickly added their second.

Ealing scrum-half Luke Carter responded but Andy Bulumakau scored the first of his brace to put Knights in control, Dougie Flockhart slotting the first three of his six conversions for a 21-7 score at the break.

Fijian centre Bulumakau added his second try soon after the restart and, though Ealing winger James Cordy-Redden kept them in the contest, Knights flanker Jam Ram crossed just before the hour to leave his side on the verge of victory.

Charlie Foley, playing at fly-half, was next to score and – after a Flockhart penalty – replacement hooker Curtis Langdon also crossed.

By that point, Cordy-Redden had bagged his brace but the visitors had been utterly outplayed.

Doncaster were dominant up front, showing real edge in the set-piece while proving clinical in possession.

With their defence generally holding firm, too, it was a fine display against a top side.