Match report: SKOLARS 12 DONCASTER 44 at New River

18th May 2022

By ANDREW JACKSON with thanks to HUW RICHARDS

Skolars put in a much improved performance in the first half, trailing by just two points at the
break, but a burst of five tries in fourteen minutes saw Doncaster pull away in the second half.
It was a Skolars’ error close to their own line that gave the visitors their first chance to score,
Sam Smeaton taking advantage. Connor Robinson’s offload saw Aaron Ollett-Hobson break the
defence.
Skolars got their first try when Jacob Thomas made a break before Jonathan Bell pushed his way
through the defence from dummy half. Jason Tali scored soon afterwards, but Skolars cut back
the margin to two points again when Aaron Small raced to a cross-field kick with Phil Lyon
adding the conversion
They could have levelled the scores from a penalty, but decided to run it and did not score.
Doncaster then counterattacked with Smeaton completing his hat-trick, Travis Corion and Tom
Halliday taking cross-field kicks and Ben Howe scoring after Louis McConnell’s break.
The home side staunched the flow in the final seventeen minutes, but couldn’t add to their tally
and results elsewhere saw then drop to the bottom of the table on points difference.
SKOLARS
1 Jacob Thomas
23 Errol Carter
3 Reece Rance
4 Aaron Small
5 Leighton Ball
6 Will Ramsey
7 Phil Lyon
8 Christian Gale
9 Johnny Bell
22 Anthony Cox
11 Jerome Yates
12 Lucas Bejanidze
13 Liam O‘Callaghan
Subs (all used)
14 Doug Chirnside
15 Abevia McDonald
20 Max Allen
10 Kojo Korong
Tries: Bell (24), Small (32)
Goals: Lyon 2/2
DONCASTER
3 Ben Howe
2 Tom Halliday
1 Sam Smeaton
4 Jason Tali
5 Travis Corion
6 Ben Cockayne
7 Connor Robinson

10 James Davies
9 Kobe Poching
8 Keelan Foster
11 Aaron Ollett-Hobson
12 Leon Rison
13 Ben Mathiou
Subs (all used)
14 Louis McConnell
20 Dave Petersen
17 Dean Roberts
16 Joe Fella
Tries : Smeaton (11,49,57), Ollett-Hobson (19), Tali (28), Corion (52), Howe (60), Holliday (63).
Goals : Robinson 6/8
Penalty count: 5-1
Half-time: 12-14
Referee: Matt Rossleigh
SCORING SEQUENCE: 0-4, 0-8, 6-8, 6-14, 12-14: 12-20, 12-26, 12-32, 12-38, 12-44.


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