Match Report: Doncaster vs Newcastle Thunder

Doncaster continued their play off charge defeating Newcastle Thunder 38-21 in a lively and physical affair. 

Tries from Jason Tali, Hakim Milodui, Jack Sanderson, Jordan Howden and Jack Logan means that the Dons hold on to a play off spot as they look to make it back to the Championship at the third time of asking.

The opening fifteen minutes were physical with Thunder receiving back to back penalties with their scrum half Remi Marginet converting from in front of the posts to make it 2-0 to the Thunder early on.

Miloudi grabbed the first try of the game though coming back from dummy half to scamper across the line to make it 4-2 with Beharrell converting.

David Weetman brought the visitors within four points when he barged past multiple Dons defenders to make it 12-6 with Marginet converting once again.

Doncaster extended their lead even further though with Hakim Miloudi side stepping all of the Thunder defenders but chose not to be selfish passing to Hull FC loanee Jack Sanderson who put on the afterburners to make it 16-8.

A drop goal on the hooter from Newcastle’s scrum half Remi Marginet closed the gap to 18-9.

Half Time: Dons 18 – Thunder 9

Former PNG international Jason Tali crossed over for the first try of the second half with 53 minutes gone to extend the Dons grasp of the two points on offer.

The Thunder showed courage and determination though and managed to give themselves a glimmer of hope when Ben Pointer went in low to reach out and make it 24-13 with just over twenty minutes of the game to go.

Jordan Howden scored for the Dons soon after collecting a kick from Australian Jordie Hedges to make it 28-15.

Newcastle brought themselves within seven points of Doncaster when Remi Marginet reached over the line to make it 28-21 with 10 minutes of the game to go.

The Thunder were reduced to ten men moments later when fists flew with Harry Aldous being sent off by the referee.

Jack Logan produced another great Doncaster try receiving a looping pass from Howden and racing away over the line much to the joy of the home fans and to also secure two crucial points.

Doncaster extended the gap on the full time hooter when a pass found Jason Tali who went over for the second time to make it 36-21.

Full Time: Dons 38 – Thunder 21

Dons Tries | Miloudi, Beharrell, Sanderson, Tali (2) Howden, Logan
Dons Goals | Beharrell 5/7

Thunder Tries | Weetman, Pointer, Marginet
Thunder Goals | Marginet 4/4 Drop Goal: Marginet (1)

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