Kingstone Press Championship review: Twelve man Swinton push Doncaster close

Swinton's Mick Nanyn during his Leigh days
Swinton's Mick Nanyn during his Leigh days

DONCASTER survived a late scare from 12-man Swinton to maintain their push for a top-two finish in the Kingstone Press Championship with a 36-34 victory at the Keepmoat Stadium.

Substitute Richard Wilkinson touched down twice in eight minutes early in the second half, adding to first-half tries from Nev Morrison, Tom Hodgson, Kyle Kesik and Lee Waterman, to help put Doncaster into a commanding 36-12 lead.

But the Lions, who had Zak Johnson sent off two minutes into the second half following a flare-up which also resulted in yellow cards for his team-mate Josh Barlow and Doncaster’s Waterman, ran in four tries in the final quarter though Richie Hawkyard, Andy Ackers, James Brown and Ed Barber to set up a nailbiting finish.

Danny Bridge - playing on a dual-registration from Warrington - and Mick Nanyn scored Swinton’s other tries and Nanyn kicked five goals.

The outcomes leaves Swinton deep in relegation trouble while Doncaster, who a week ago became the first team to beat leaders Leigh, are just two points behind second-placed Featherstone, who were 52-6 winners over injury-hit Batley.

Greg Worthington and Jason Crookes both scored two tries for Rovers and others came from Andy Ellis, George Flanagan, James Mendeika, Matt James, Andy Kain and Gareth Moore, who also kicked five goals.

Second rower Mark Applegarth scored Batley’s only try, which was converted by Lee Patterson.

Featherstone remain two points in front of Halifax, who extended their unbeaten run to six matches with a 52-12 victory over Whitehaven.

Centre Steve Tyrer scored 24 of Halifax’s points with two tries and eight goals, while Luke Ambler touched down twice and other tries came from Tom Saxton, Ross Divorty, Luke Adamson, Danny Cowling and skipper Scott Murrell.

Whitehaven trailed 52-0 before Chris Taylor scored two late tries, both converted by Cain Southernwood.

North Wales ended their temporary spell at The Rock on a losing note with a 22-10 defeat by Dewsbury.

The Crusaders, who will return to the Racecourse following completion of stadium development work, led 14-10 at half-time thanks to tries from Lee Hudson and Toby Adamson plus three goals from Tommy Johnson.

But Dewsbury drew level through Karl Pryce early in the second half and Louis Sheriff, Sam Wood and Makali Aizue also scored tries to condemn their hosts to a fifth straight defeat.

Reigning champions Sheffield Eagles eased away from the relegation zone with a 40-10 win at bottom club Barrow, who are now virtual certainties to drop into Championship One after losing their last seven matches.

Exciting full-back Quentin Laulu-Togagae touched down in each half and Peter Green, Pat Walker, Dane Straugher, Loto Tagaloa and Misi Taulapapa scored Sheffield’s other tries, with Dom Brambani kicking six goals.

Dalton Grant scored two tries for the Raiders, whose relegation could be confirmed next weekend.

Workington boosted their survival hopes with a fifth straight win, with Widnes winger Declan Hulme scoring two tries in a 30-18 win over Rochdale.

Town’s other tries came from Brett Carter, Jason Mossop and Carl Forber, who also kicked give goals.

Dave Llewellyn, James Dandy and Lewis Sheridan scored tries for Hornets, who had St Helens’ new signing Shannon McDonnell playing for them on a dual-registration.