Championship play-offs: Doncaster and Bristol gain semi-final advantage

Hooker Ross McMillan scored one of Bristol's six tries at Goldington Road
Hooker Ross McMillan scored one of Bristol's six tries at Goldington Road

Doncaster and Bristol both gained a big advantage in the Championship play-offs by winning their semi-final first leg.

The Knights survived a late Yorkshire Carnegie comeback to win 30-17 in their away leg at Headingley.

Bristol were even bigger victors as they ran in six tries in a 45-16 win against Bedford at Goldington Road.

The second leg takes place next Sunday, 8 May at Ashton Gate at 15:15 BST while Doncaster's return match will kick off at Castle Park at 14:30 BST.

Tries from Will Hurrell, Andrew Bulumakau and a penalty try have given the Knights a 13-point lead to take into the second leg with Carnegie's retiring fly-half Kevin Sinfield scoring one of their three tries.

Bristol boss Andy Robinson
Bristol boss Andy Robinson is hopeful of finally leading his side to the Premiership

Bristol, beaten in the two-leg final by just a point at Worcester a year ago, finished the regular Championship season last weekend with a 39-6 win at Bedford.

They scored four first-half tries through Ollie Robinson, James Phillips, Ross McMillan and Jack Wallace with Philips adding another after the break and Jack Tovey got a sixth try.

Hooker Charlie Clare got Bedford's only try while stand-off Jake Sharp kicked three penalties as well as a conversion.

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