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REACTION: Thornton On Rhinos Defeat

Today, 06:37 PM

Doncaster Rugby League head coach Gary Thornton spoke to the official website following Sunday’s clash with Leeds Rhinos.

The Dons produced a spirited performance, but a young Rhinos side ran out 26-18 winners at the Keepmoat Stadium.

Thornton still feels improvements need to be made ahead of the season getting underway.

I’ve got mixed feelings to be honest, there were lots of positives to come out of it, it was good to see Makali Aizue and Matt Nicholson and I thought they showed us potential of what they will offer us,” said Thornton.

“I’m disappointed to lose, we started the game really well and if Zac (Braham) scores under the sticks it is 12-0 and it could have been a different game.

“I don’t think we approached the game in the right frame of mind, I think we could have been better with that, we got a little bit carried away after the score line against Oxford and maybe didn’t prepare mentally properly for the game.

 “It was a bit blustery, the conditions weren’t great and the execution wasn’t that good from either side.  I thought we tried to go wide too early off some slow play the balls and Leeds got up in our faces.

“It was difficult to create anything which we will address, we certainly want to get going forwards before we go sideways, but I think we looked to play the football a little bit too early.

“Leeds are a good side, I was impressed with them, there were a couple of Super League players in there with Anthony Mullally and Josh Walters along with Ashton Golding at full-back who I thought was very good.

“We knew it would be a tough test and that is what we wanted, that is what these games are all about, we have lost the game which is disappointing, but we’ve learnt some lessons as well.

“We’ve got a lot of hard work, we are not taking our foot off the gas, we are not where we want to be yet, that is clear.

“We have two weeks of pretty tough work ahead of us and then Pete Green and I will decide what the best 17 is from what we have seen in the last three games.

“It’s difficult sometimes making all these changes and it is a bit disruptive and that happens in warm up games, so I am looking forward to having 17 players out there because we can manage that a lot better.

“We have some hard work to do, we are still not winning the collisions like I would like us to, we are still not dominating defensively like I would like us to, so we have some improvements to make.

“On the back of that you can start executing a little bit better, but we need to be better defensively first before we can improve our attack.”

Trialists Sam Crowther and Brad England came on for the Dons and Thornton also spoke about their impact.

“Sam has been with us since November, but unfortunately he’s been poorly and hasn’t trained very much and Sunday was the first chance to see him play,” added Thornton.

“Brad I know from my days at Castleford, he has been released by York City Knights and has become available.

“We bought him into take a look at him, I know a lot about him, I thought he looked dangerous and did really well so we will see what comes of that.

“We have seen everyone now, we know what they are all about and it is now about picking our best 17.”

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Lottery Results (Week 7)

Today, 11:07 AM

Monday 8th February 2016 (WK 7)

Winning Number – 3678

No Winner This Week

Next weeks’ Top Prize £1000


Two £50 Winners

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REPORT: Doncaster RLFC 18-26 Leeds Rhinos

Yesterday, 05:49 PM

Doncaster 18–26 Leeds

Keepmoat Stadium

Pre-season friendly

Dons: Sheriff, M. Welham, Doherty, L. Welham, Foggin-Johnston, Carr, Hedges, Scott, Frankland, Braham, Harper, Foster, Milton. Interchange: Jones-Bishop, Cross, Aizue, Walton, Gilbey, Crowther, Nicholson, Cook, England, Vincent.

Rhinos: Golding, Brown, Brierley, Norfolk, Jones, Sanderson, Wray, S. Hallas, Brady, Sunderland, H. Hallas, Smith, Walters. Interchange: Whiteley, Waring, Oledzki, Mullally, Walker, McDermott.

Doncaster produced a battling performance against 2015 treble winners Leeds at the Keepmoat Stadium, but went down 26-18 to the Rhinos in what proved to be a strong test of the home side’s credentials ahead of the regular season getting underway in just two weeks time.

Gary Thornton had debutants Makali Aizue and Matt Nicholson to call upon from the interchange bench as the Rhinos handed a start to Josh Walters, the man who scored the match winning try in last year’s Grand Final against Wigan Warriors.

The Dons made some early pressure count as a strong run from Connor Scott led to hooker Ben Frankland finding the line  from dummy half, a successful kick from Tom Carr saw the lead stretched to 6-0.

The Rhinos suddenly clicked into gear and were starting to find their feet, Tommy Brierley looked destined for the try line before being forced into touch by some strong defence from the home side.

Thornton’s side then came inches away from a second try after a quarter of an hour, prop Zac Braham made a great run and was inches away as he lost the ball when diving for four points.

The champions levelled the scores after 20 minutes.  A knock on by Frankland gifted the Rhinos territory, before a silky run from Ashton Golding set Brierley away to go over under the posts, before Joe Sanderson converted.

Makali Aizue then entered the fray and announced his entrance in great style with a huge hit when defending his own try line, something which Dons fans will be hoping to see much more of in the coming weeks and months.

Former Huddersfield Giants forward Anthony Mullally put the away side in front after half an hour when his fend off led to him creating space to dive over and after some hesitation the referee gave the try, Sanderson’s kick was successful leaving giving the Rhinos a 12-6 advantage.

Leeds came close to extending their lead just before the break after gaining some strong field position, but were unable to capitalise and with only six points between the sides at the halfway stage, the Dons could consider themselves very much still in the game.

Half Time: Dons 6-12 Rhinos 

The Dons started the second half in the perfect manner as a line break from the influential Aizue allowed him to run free and an offload to Kieran Cross saw the latter go over within the first 60 seconds of the restart. A simple conversion by Carr levelled the score at 12-12.

Doncaster piled on the pressure as they attempted to go in front and had several near misses before giving away a penalty which allowed Leeds to re-group and launch an attack of their own.

The visitors regained their lead when scrum half Jack Wray side-stepped a number of Dons defenders to touch down, taking advantage of two needless penalties given away by the home side. Sanderson kicked the extras with the score now 18-12 to the Rhinos.

Doncaster levelled once more with 12 minutes left on the clock when a handling error in defence for the away side let full back Louis Sheriff slide in under the posts to set up an enthralling last 10 minutes, with Jordie Hedges adding the conversion.

In an end to end affair, Leeds took the lead once more as they were awarded a penalty 20 metres out, they chose to go for the two and Wray did the business. 18-20.

The Dons were unable to find a way back into the game and the Rhinos lead was extended right on the final hooter as it was two against one going forward and Mullally offloaded to Jack Walker who sealed the win and Wray finished the game being successful with the boot.

Full Time: Dons 18-26 Rhinos.

Dons tries: Frankland, Cross, Sheriff

Conversions: Carr x2, Hedges x1. .

Rhinos tries: Brierley, Mullally, Wray.

Conversions: Sanderson x3, Wray x1

Penalty goals: Wray x1. 

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Collect your bespoke cap this Sunday

06 February 2016 - 12:56 PM

We would like to remind season ticket holders who have purchased a new Dons 2016 replica shirt that you can now collect your free bespoke cap.

Caps are available for collection on Sunday in Box 9 in the East Stand of the Keepmoat Stadium.

Replica shirts will be on sale in the concourse area, with adult shirts £39.99 and junior shirts £34.99 and season ticket holders can still claim a free bespoke cap with the purchase of a 2016 replica shirt.

Should you wish to purchase a bespoke cap, you can also do this from the concourse for £7.00.

Tickets for Sunday’s clash with Leeds Rhinos are available online by clicking here.

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Club Doncaster Improve Customer Relationship Management

06 February 2016 - 09:56 AM

Club Doncaster have chosen Green 4 Solutions to handle its core customer relationship management (CRM) operations and email marketing services.

Club Doncaster incorporates Doncaster Rovers Football Club, Doncaster Rugby League Club and Club Doncaster Foundation and Sports College to provide members a host of leisure and entertainment facilities – creating a better Doncaster.

The decision to appoint Green 4 and the Go Solution was based on its functionality, ease of set up and integration capabilities across each sector.

Commenting on the appointment, Marketing and Communications Manager Ryan Murrant said; "CRM is massively important for Club Doncaster as we look to take our fan engagement and marketing communications to the next level. The investment from our owners into the CRM allows Club Doncaster Foundation and Sports College, Doncaster Rugby League Club and Doncaster Rovers Football Club to reach out to our supporters and sponsors in a way we have never been able to before, and we thank them for that.”

“We now look forward to a new and bespoke way of communicating with our supporters. We see this as the next part of our marketing and communications journey and not a destination."

With CRM being the central driver to Go, the solution will underpin Club Doncaster’s CRM strategy and future engagement objectives moving forwards.

Go integrates all customer information into one database, offering clubs opportunities to engage more effectively with established and new audiences through personalised and targeted communications.

This partnership is the first step towards a longer term strategy for CRM, to ensure all supporter data is centralised and accessible to the club as a whole.

Peter Oliver, Director of Green 4 Solutions, said “Green 4 is delighted to welcome Club Doncaster to the Green 4 family and we look forward to working with Doncaster Rovers who already implement some excellent analogue fan engagement initiatives”

“Fan engagement and shared principles is more important than it has ever been given the wide range of demands on the ‘consumer pound’.”

“In years gone by, football clubs like Doncaster Rovers would rely solely on the excitement of its Saturday afternoon match to entice fans to the stadium. With so many different ways to consume sport and myriad other options of how to spend your Saturday afternoon, Donny Rovers like many other clubs realises that it needs to work hard at fan engagement providing relevant information and excitement throughout the week and not just at the weekend.

“Investing in Green 4 CRM means that Rovers and Club Doncaster can understand their fans intimately and respond to their needs on a personal level, improving service levels to their customers and increasing revenues for the club and their wider audiences.”

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