Doncaster RLFC 24 - 28 Newcastle Thunder

Doncaster RLFC 24 - 28 Newcastle Thunder

10th September 2017

Newcastle Thunder have set up a three way battle for the final Kingstone Press League 1 play-off spot next weekend, following a gutsy 24-28 win away to Doncaster RLFC.

In an back and forth encounter, Thunder had played themselves into a 6-16 lead in an solid first half performance, as they responded to conceding the game’s first converted try thanks to a well-placed grubber kick on four minutes.

Derrell Olpherts was the first man in silver to cross the line, as he punished a handling error from former Thunderman Jason Tali, before Liam McAvoy and Vincent Rennie competed attacking sets with a pair of tries between them, both converted by Hardcastle.

McAvoy’s effort came thanks to an acrobatic leap to gather a grubber kick from his halfback that bounced high into the air, whilst Rennie’s four pointer came after a massive kick pinned the hosts deep in their own territory, following a prolonged period of Thunder pressure.

Frustratingly for Jason Payne’s side, that hard work yielded no reward heading into the half time break as Doncaster pounced for two opportunistic scores in the space of ninety seconds with a further conversion squaring matters at 16 all.

With the scores tied and with both sides needing the win, it set the stage for a nervy second half, in which the hosts drew first blood thanks to a penalty on 50 minutes, which they then backed up with a sustained attack on Thunder.

Needing to get back onto the front foot, Lewis Young duly provided six minutes later, with a fantastic break through the heart of the home defence 35 metres from their line for an important converted try that gave the visitors a four point advantage.

Heading into the final twenty minutes, it was all square again after Thunder’s defence bought a dummy that allowed Kieran Cross to score, before another penalty three minutes later saw the visitors trail by two.

The pendulum swung back Thunder’s way 12 minutes from time thanks to a trademark close range effort from Evan Simons and conversion from Hardcastle, which was preserved until the full time hooter and gives Thunder the chance of making the promotion playoffs.

Newcastle Thunder

Lewis Young, Ali Blair, Derrell Olpherts, Joe Brown, Dan Parker, Tom Shaw, Benn Hardcastle, Calum Bustin, Evan Simons, Liam McAvoy, Harry Aldous, Steve Snitch, Jack Aldous, Aaron Teroi, Vincent Rennie, Sam Luckley, Rhys Clarke

Try Scorers: Olpherts (12) McAvoy  (15) Rennie (19) Young (56) Simons (68)

Goal Scorers:  Hardcastle (12, 19, 56, 68)

Doncaster RLFC

Hakim Miloudi, Ryan Jones, Nick Rawsthorne, Jason Tali, Sam Doherty, Kieran Cross, Jack Miller, Russ Spiers, Kyle Kesik, Feka Paleaaesina, Charlie Martin, Jason Muranka, Pete Green, Brad England, ac Braham, Mark Castle, Jordie Hedges

Try Scorers: Kesik (5) Muranka (40) Tali (40) Cross (59)

Goal Scorers: Miller (5, 40, 50) Rawsthorne (61)

Half Time: 16-16

Attendence:  536   

Doncaster RLFC 24 - 28 Newcastle Thunder