MATCH REPORT – Doncaster RLFC 38 – 21 Newcastle Thunder

Newcastle Thunder put in a spirited performance on the road against Doncaster on Sunday afternoon, but it wasn’t enough to take the points as the hosts ran in a 38-21 victory.

Facing an onslaught from the Dons in the opening minutes, Thunder faced three repeat sets before diffusing the threats when Mo Agoro effectively dealt with a high bomb before opening the scoring through the boot of Remy Marginet.

A brace of penalties near the home line offered up the chance to kick a simple goal with the French international making no mistake in converting the goal and allowing his side to assume a 0-2 lead.

The Dons went in front five minutes later, as full-back Hakim Miloudi created space for himself down the right and twisted his way over the line to score with Matty Beharrell’s conversion creating a four-point lead.

The former Thunder half-back then scored a try of his own just before the half-hour mark, as he shaped to pass before going through a gap in the Thunder line.

Newcastle responded three minutes later through David Weetman as the visitors punished a mistake from Doncaster on the kick-off

Cook Island international Vincent Rennie laid on the scoring pass for the Thunder academy graduate with Marginet adding the extras , before the Dons hit back with a length of the field effort as Hakim Miloudi broke out from behind his in-goal line before releasing Jack Sandeson for a 50m run in.

A Marginet drop goal reduced the deficit by a point before the half-time break, with the Dons 18-9 up after the first forty minutes.

It was another former Thunder man who extended the hosts lead early in the second half when Jason Tali ran into space down the left to cross for a converted try, before Newcastle hit back eight minutes later through Ben Pointer

Jumping out from dummy half, the hooker stretched his way over the line for his side’s second try of the game with Marginet adding the extras.

With 20 left on the clock, Jordan Howden latched onto a loose ball from his own kick through to touch down and allow the Dons to keep Thunder at a safe distance, but the visitors continued to push forward and ask questions of their hosts.

They found a way through following a penalty against the Dons for playing at the ball as Vincent Rennie barged his way over in typically ebullient style, carrying two defenders across the line with him as he grabbed Thunder’s third converted try of the game.

Newcastle’s chances of getting anything from the game were handed a blow when Harry Aldous was sent-off for a punch on Connor Scott and the Dons made the most of the man advantage with the next set as Jack Logan used his pace to fly past the Thunder defence.

Tali rounded off the scoring with four minutes to go, as he powered over Theerapol Ritson to dive over for his second with Beharrell concluding the day’s scoring with a successful conversion.

Doncaster RLFC

Miloudi, Doherty, Logan, Tali, Sanderson, Howden, Beharrell, Scott, Kesik, Spiers, England, Mariano, Muranka. Interchange: Bower, Madani, Boyle, Hedges.

Try Scorers –  Miloudi (20), Beharrell (27), Sanderson (35), Tali (48, 76), Howden (60), Logan (72)

Goal Scorers – Beharrell (20, 27, 35, 48, 76)


Newcastle Thunder

Ritson, Agoro, Young, Craig, Dent, Brook, Marginet, H. Aldous, Simons, J. Aldous, Charlton, Ollett, Fitzsimmons. Interchange: Pointer, Brown, Rennie, Weetman.

Try scorers – Weetman (30), Pointer (57), Rennie (67)

Goal scorers – Marginet (14, 30, 57, 60)

Drop goal –  Marginet (39)

Red card – H Aldous – Striking an opponent