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Cooke: ''We head to Swinton with a lot of confidence''


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Posted 31 May 2014 - 03:00 PM

Doncaster RLFC boss Paul Cooke spoke to the official website spoke to the official website ahead of Sunday’s trip to Swinton Lions. 

The Dons travel back to Leigh Sports Village, a place Doncaster visited three weeks ago to take on Leigh Centurions. 

On the back of the biggest league win of the season, Stewart Sanderson, Craig Robinson and Matty Wildie are all looking for recall’s to the starting 13 and Cooke has some big decisions to make.

“It’s nice to have a selection headache, prior to the Barrow game it has been those standing have been playing,” said Cooke.

“The win against Rochdale gives us a lot of confidence, Swinton are a team below us in the table and a team that people probably rightly see as us beating.

“It is good to have selection dilemmas, we will sit down and look at Swinton before we go there and it will be a team reflected on what we need to do against them on Sunday.”

Cooke admitted his side this season have struggled to perform in games against opposition lower than them in the Championship so far this season. 

However he believes last week’s win against Rochdale was a turning point for his side and is hoping for a replicate performance.

Cooke said: “We had a long chat last week on how we get up for specific games against the teams that have been really good in the competition over the past four or five years and why we maybe struggle to get up for games against for example Whitehaven, Barrow, North Wales or Keighley. 

"The quality of opposition brings out the best in us and that is something that we addressed against Rochdale last week, who are not big hitters in the competition but are still very dangerous.

"We head to Swinton with a lot of confidence, but we have to treat them with the same amount of respect as we would do with Leigh, as tough as that is mentally.


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