Doncaster Knights secured their second win of pre-season in fine fashion on Saturday scoring six tries on a scorching afternoon in Sale.
The visitors began the game with purposeful intent and scored after just five minutes when Rory Pitman burst through a gap deep into the Sale 22. Sam Olver scored his first conversion of the pre-season game to make the score 7-0.
The National One side were straight back on the attack as they looked for a quick reply and nearly had a score when Jeremy Toa broke away from inside his own half, however the centre was eventually tackled inside the Knights’ 22 by full-back Steve McColl.
Doncaster soon fired back and an Olver pass found Lewis down the left, the winger was left with plenty to do, but the 34-year-old used his pace to power past two tackles and dot down.
The control of the game was firmly in the Championship outfit hands and they rightly extended their lead as the clock hit the 30-minute mark. Lloyd Hayes palmed off a tackle and offloaded to a supporting Tom James, who dotted down with ease. Olver added the extras to give a 21-0 lead to the Knights.
James soon scored again as he dummied off the back off a driving maul, with Olver converting for a 28-0 advantage at half-time.
The first try of the second half came from Pitman again, who drove over from close range after an impressive driving maul.
Sale did eventually score after 69 minutes, a driving maul deep in the Knights’ half allowed Johnny Leota the space to barge over; with Emiliano Calle Rivas converting well.
Doncaster continued to attack though and debutant George Edgson collected a Reiss Cullen offload just outside the Sale 22, before dotting down to again extend the lead for the Championship side.
The home side battled throughout and doubled their points on the scoreboard with Tom Brady the scorer from a driving maul; Johnson converted to end the game 42-14 to the Knights after an imposing performance from the away side.
Doncaster DoR Clive Griffiths was delighted with the performance from the Knights. “It was very clinical; we were strong until the end and it was great signs for the future.
Our cohesion and intent in the first half was good, we have one more game left to take stock before the first cup game and I am well content with the way things are going at the moment.”
Doncaster Knights try scorers: Pitman 5,58, Lewis 12, James 30, 37, Edgson 77
Doncaster Knights conversions Olver 5, Flockhart 1
Sale RFC try scorers: Leota 69, Brady 80
Sale RFC Conversions: Calle Rivas, Johnson
Referee: James O’Brien