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REPORT: Doncaster RLFC 4-26 Sheffield Eagles

Today, 01:35 AM

Doncaster RLFC 4-26 Sheffield Eagles

Keepmoat Stadium, Doncaster


Dons XIII: Scott, Doherty, Welham, Waterman, Sanderson, Nicklas, Wilkinson, Carbutt, Kesik, Tyson-Wilson DR, Turgut L, Snitch, Emmett.  Interchange: Waller, Clark, Foster, Kelly.

Eagles XIII: QLT, Worrincy, Yere, Smeaton, Taulapapa; Briggs, Aston; Battye, Davey, Thorpe; Knowles, Langley, Davies.  Interchange: Stringer, Walker, Carlile, Roberts.


Doncaster gave Sheffield a scare but it was the Eagles who took the spoils in the South Yorkshire derby at the Keepmoat Stadium.

Dons player coach Paul Cooke dropped himself for the clash, welcoming back Danny Nicklas into the starting line-up for the first time in over a year.

Lee Waterman and Richard Wilkinson both made returns to the squad, whilst Stewart Sanderson made his 100th Dons appearance.

The Dons had a great chance inside the opening  10 minutes, Nicklas grubbered through superbly, with his neat kick hitting the left post he aimed for, however no Dons player could reach the ball and Quentin Laulu Togagae tidied up the danger with a surging run.

Both teams continued to have chances, but it was Sheffield who drew first blood.  Sanderson did really well to deny the impressive Laulu-Togagae with a try saving tackle, but the Eagles continued to rally and Jamie Langley was put through by a great pass from Kyle Briggs, who converted the try.

The Eagles extended their lead in the 27th minute, after getting into the Dons twenty from a penalty, another fine pass from Briggs sent Misi Taulapapa over in the corner with a fantastic diving finish to give the visitors a 10-0 advantage.

Doncaster looked to hit back before half time after Sheffield knocked on in their own half.  The Dons then won a penalty 10 metres out, due to holding down, but Cooke's side failed to take advantage, knocking on in the second tackle.

That miss was punished when just before the break, Sheffield added another try, after winning the penalty from a Dons obstruction, the Eagles chose to take the tap and were rewarded from doing so later in the set when Mitch Stringer bundled his way over the try line, with Pat Walker adding the extra two points.

Half Time: Doncaster 0-16 Sheffield Eagles

Doncaster really came out of the blocks in the second half and the returning Wilkinson made a super break less than two minutes into the half, however his search for the try line ended in the scrum half being dragged into touch.

The Dons did get themselves back into the match though in the 52nd minute, Sam Doherty met Nicklas' grubber to the corner, to slide over for his fourth try of the season.

However Doncaster's hopes of a comeback took a blow less than 10 minutes later as Nicklas was sent to the sin bin for dissent.

Being reduced to 12 men though seemed to rally the Dons, who broke up continued to break up the field, battering the Sheffield line, but Doncaster couldn't get the breakthrough.

With eight minutes remaining, Cory Aston did brilliantly to steal the ball from Mike Emmett before breaking up field.  The field possession then led to Rob Worrincy superbly bundling his way over in the corner, to increase Sheffield's lead.

The Eagles then wrapped up the victory on the hooter, with Aston intercepting a kick, before racing 50 metres to score under the posts and Walker's conversion sealed the derby win for Sheffield.

Full Time: Doncaster RLFC 4-26 Sheffield Eagles

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Daryl Wins!

Yesterday, 01:31 PM

During half-time of our close encounter with Batley Bulldogs, Dons legend Stewart Piper drew the latest winner of our ‘From the Locker Room’ prizes in the Dons Draw

The lucky recipient of the framed photograph of our 1994 promotion winning team was Daryl Clark a lifelong supporter of the Dons who regularly attends matches with his son and his father-in-law, Howard Lowndes who himself is has been a supporter of the Dons since the 1950s.

Howard was on hand to collect the exclusive piece of Dons Memorabilia on behalf of Daryl and stated “Daryl will love this, he will treasure owning such a piece of Dons history.”

Daryl has been a member of the Dons Draw since December 2014 and you can become a member of the draw rom as little as £2.25 per week.

There are life changing cash prizes such as the annual £10,000 super jackpot prize and a weekly cash prize of £500 on offer and that’s not all, in addition, you will receive 5% off your next Dons season ticket, two pairs of free tickets to a Dons match, two tickets to a Doncaster Rovers game and a 10% discount on corporate hospitality.

You will also be playing a vital part in the Don’s future squad building too, with funds raised through the draw going directly into strengthening of the squad.

For more information speak to Ray Green at tonight’s sure to be brutal local derby against rivals Sheffield Eagles or by calling 01302 765888.

Join today #TogetherWeAreStronger.

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Cooke: ''It's certainly going to be spicy''

31 March 2015 - 04:47 PM

Doncaster player coach Paul Cooke spoke to the official website ahead of Wednesday’s clash South Yorkshire rivals Sheffield Eagles.

The Dons are looking to bounce back from Sunday’s late 16-14 home defeat at the hands of Batley Bulldogs.

Despite failing to win so far this calendar year, Cooke say’s his side will go into the local derby upbeat, following an improved performance at the weekend.

He said: “It’s a quick turnaround this week, but intentionally so, given that we travel to Whitehaven on Easter Monday.

“We will go into Wednesday picking what is 100% fit and available to us and the team that we think can beat Sheffield.

“I’ve seen every game Sheffield have played and they are good, they are better than last year, I think everybody has improved on last year which is why we find ourselves where we are.

“They’ve improved the areas that they needed to, particularly the signing of Kyle Briggs who has been fantastic for them. 

“Mitch Stringer is back for the game as well and he’ll no doubt add some experience in the front row.

“Mark Aston is a good coach and has good staff, they are a great group and we will have it all on, they have been working hard for each other and grinding out results.

“Our players will go out there and have a dig again, there has not been a great deal of time to prepare and that makes it a little bit easier for the players to concentrate on only what they can control.

“We will go into Wednesday with a bit more confidence following Sunday’s performance but disappointment and I am sure we will get that with the magnitude of the game on Wednesday.

“It is certainly going to be spicy as usual with it being the South Yorkshire derby, we look forward to the challenge and it will be one hell of a challenge.”

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PREVIEW: Doncaster RLFC v Sheffield Eagles

31 March 2015 - 03:17 PM

Doncaster RLFC entertain Sheffield Eagles in the South Yorkshire derby at the Keepmoat Stadium on Wednesday 1st April (7:30pm).

The Dons are still looking for that elusive first win in 2015.  Paul Cooke’s side looked on course to break that duck on Sunday against Batley, but the visitors came back from 14-0 down to win 16-14 at the Keepmoat Stadium thanks to a late try and conversion from Cain Southernwood.

After going down 19-10 in their opening clash against Dewsbury Rams, the Eagles have responded with six straight wins in all competitions.

The Eagles have beaten the likes of Batley, Whitehaven and London Broncos on that run and sit third in the Championship, level on points with second placed Bradford Bulls.

On Sunday, 12-men Sheffield defeated Hunslet Hawks at the Keepmoat Stadium 28-14.  Misi Taulapapa was shown a red card in the 39th minute, with the Eagles 12-0 up and managed to power through, despite Hunslet having an extra man.

Last season Doncaster came up against Sheffield three times in the Championship and play-offs.  The Dons drew first blood with a 42-34 away victory at Owlerton Stadium on Easter Sunday last year, however the Eagles won both clashes at the Keepmoat, with a narrow 26-22 win in August, followed by a 58-24 victory over 12-man Doncaster in the play-offs.

The Keepmoat Stadium will of course have a range of family fun events taking place in the East Stand from 6:30pm to keep everyone entertained.

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Prostate Cancer UK links up with Rugby League Cares

30 March 2015 - 12:31 PM

Stars from all 12 First Utility Super League clubs proudly stand side by side as one super team - Men United - as Prostate Cancer UK today links up with Rugby League Cares.

Men United will mobilise rugby league players and supporters up and down the country as part of an innovative partnership with Rugby League Cares.

The three-year tie-up with the charitable arm of the RFL will see the forward-thinking charity continue to set the tone across the sporting landscape.

As part of the partnership, Prostate Cancer UK will establish relationships across the sport and work with clubs from Super League to the community game on a host of projects.

One of the biggest dates on the calendar, Magic Weekend, will also see Prostate Cancer UK’s ever-growing Men United movement take over Newcastle for an unforgettable weekend of entertainment on May 30 and 31 – on and off the St James’ Park pitch.

Fans can win one of two pairs of Magic Weekend Day Pass tickets generously donated by Super League and Rugby League Cares by completing a short survey on behalf of Prostate Cancer UK target="_blank">here.

And as part of the national partnership Rugby League Cares and Prostate Cancer UK will be aiming to raise awareness of a disease that kills one man ever hour in the UK.

By completing the survey fans can show their knowledge at the start of the partnership, and share their friendship stories in tandem with the club’s new campaign promoting mates getting together to do something great to beat prostate cancer.

Utilising Rugby League Cares’ impressive network of contacts across the sport, there will also be a series of charity roadshows between May and July with community clubs hosting Men United quizzes and raising money through collections, raffles and auctions.

Prostate Cancer UK are the official charity partner of Widnes Vikings for the 2015 Super League season, but players and coaches from all 12 Super League clubs have already pledged their allegiance to the new partnership by signing for Men United. All will work closely with the two organisations in what promises to be the most competitive season ever.

Rugby League Cares General Manager Chris Rostron said: "We are delighted to be working alongside Prostate Cancer UK on a partnership that will allow both parties to meet their objectives.

“The health and wellbeing of our communities is something Rugby League Cares proudly supports for everyone in the sport. Our exciting partnership with Prostate Cancer UK provides a platform to raise awareness of a disease that each year affects thousands of men, many of whom will have a connection to rugby league.

“Prostate Cancer UK have made a great start in rugby league already through their partnership with Widnes Vikings: our partnership now opens up the campaign to everyone in rugby league, from grassroots to the professional game. There are some marvellous opportunities for everyone to get involved, have fun and help this great cause.”

Chief Executive at Prostate Cancer UK, Owen Sharp, said: “This exciting partnership with Rugby League Cares represents another major milestone in our continuing work within rugby league.

“Our fledgling steps in the game have showcased its rich community heritage and we look forward to working with an organisation – and its member clubs – who clearly want to make a difference to men’s health.

“It struck a chord earlier this year when the RFL launched their era, declaring ‘every minute matters’. One man dies every hour from prostate cancer, so that slogan is equally powerful – and pertinent – to us.

“Through club activities from the top of the game to grass roots level, to the wonderful opportunities that Magic Weekend will present us in Newcastle in May, we look forging a powerful friendship that really makes a difference.”

Since it was launched 12 months ago, Men United has caught the imagination, and a new zeal for change in men’s health - with more than 200,000 people signing up to pledge support. Men from all walks of life, from footballers to lawyers and politicians to plumbers, have formed a growing army, raising funds to find the answers for the future through research and supporting men now.

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Funds raised throughout the partnership will be split equally between the two charities.

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