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Be part of the Challenge Cup Final!

Yesterday, 01:46 PM

Doncaster RLFC are running a day trip for the Challenge Cup final at Wembley Stadium on Saturday 23rd August. 

The Challenge Cup final is always a great event for any rugby league fan and this year will prove no different. 

There is only a limited amount of availability for the trip, with only 100 places available.

The cost of the day is £55 per person, this includes your match ticket and return coach travel from the Keepmoat Stadium. 

To secure your place at the biggest rugby league event of the year, contact Jackie Green on 01302 765 888.

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Cooke: ''Missing the top four would be a massive negative''

21 July 2014 - 10:15 AM

Doncaster player coach Paul Cooke spoke further to the official website about Sunday’s 36-34 win over Swinton Lions.

One of the main talking points in the match was the dismissal of Swinton’s Zach Johnson who appeared to strike Jacob Miller in the head several times during a tackle.

Lee Waterman and Josh Barlow were also sin binned in the aftermath of the incident and Cooke spoke about the incident.

He said: “I don’t know what happened in there, you can’t punch somebody whilst he’s on the floor and you can’t run in nowadays.

“So you get ten minutes for running in and sending off for punching somebody on the floor, but the referee deals with that.

“I can’t be too critical of our players for running in to help one of our own laid on his front in the field position getting a good hiding, it is what it is, it is on report and the match commissioner and review panel will review it and we will go from there.

Pas Dunn also made his debut in the match, coming on as a second half substitute.

The new man got himself involved in the thick of the action and showed his strength with a massive hit. 

On his first appearance Cooke said: “Pas is a strong boy, he throws himself in, he is a typical New Zealander and the club has had many of them over the years.

“He has some work to do, he hasn’t played rugby league for quite some time and needs some practise on positional play.

“If we were going to play him in a game it was going to be this one, he certainly showed some touches, he certainly has some skill, ability and strength and they will certainly know when he gives a shoulder in contact." 

After the Dons’ fourth win on the bounce, Cooke admitted the clubs season aim has now changed. 

“With six remaining we are still in a good position to finish in the top four,” added Cooke. 

That is our ultimate goal this season now, after re-evaluation of top eight, we feel like missing out on the top four would be a massive negative for the club.“

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Cooke: ''We have some work to do''

20 July 2014 - 09:14 PM

<p>Doncaster RLFC player coach Paul Cooke spoke to the official website after his side's narrow 36-34 victory.</p>
<p>The Dons held a 36-12 lead over 12 men Swinton in the second half, but the away side battled back and nearly caused a huge upset.</p>
<p>Cooke admitted improvements must be made.</p>
<p>He said: "Today I don&rsquo;t think the performance was good, we were flat at the start of the game and we put ourselves in a really good position with 25 minutes left on the clock and the concerning thing is how Swinton rolled us down the field with 12 players and almost got a result.&nbsp;</p>
<p>"I didn&rsquo;t think the result was ever in jeopardy until they scored and got to within two points, but what was concerning was the amount of territory we gave up.</p>
<p>"I rolled the dice today as a coach by leaving players out&nbsp; and changing the team so much and the structure and I thought that it was right to do it at this one at home against a team who are struggling a little bit and are in a transitional period with a new coach.</p>
<p>"We certainly won&rsquo;t get away with it next week at Keighley, as far as we are concerned it is job done, it is three points and we tick another one off.</p>
<p>"But we have some work to do this week, with regards to our performance, which is no secret, we can&rsquo;t turn up and just win games.</p>
<p>"We are becoming a little bit of a better side though and in 2012 or 2013 we might have lost that match.</p>

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Kesik: ''The boys are not happy with how we performed''

20 July 2014 - 09:14 PM

<p>Doncaster co-captain Kyle Kesik spoke to the official website after helping the club to a 36-34 victory over Swinton Lions.</p>
<p>The Dons recorded their fourth win on the bounce with the victory and a 2nd place finish is still a realistic posibillity for Paul Cooke's side.</p>
<p>However Kesik amitted he was far from pleased with the performance in the match.</p>
<p>He said: &ldquo;We were happy to get the win today but the boys are not happy with how we performed especially as they were down to 12 men.</p>
<p>&ldquo;We should be doing a lot better than we did and finish the game off, we were 24 points ahead at one point, so it is not very good but we will move on, we have got three points which is the main thing.&nbsp;</p>
<p>&ldquo;Swinton threw the ball about, it all went to hand, but we should be doing better, they were beating us down the middle, not down the edges and we should have been able to sort them out.</p>
<p>&ldquo;It was a good win last week against Leigh, but we knew what we had to do today, we didn&rsquo;t start as well as we should and we should have killed the game off.&rdquo;</p>

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Doncaster RLFC 36-34 Swinton Lions

20 July 2014 - 08:14 PM

Doncaster RLFC 36-34 Swinton Lions

Sunday 20th July 2014

Keepmoat Stadium, Doncaster


Doncaster held on for a narrow victory at the Keepmoat Stadium against 12 men Swinton Lions.

Paul Cooke’s men were cruising at 24-6 when Zach Johnson was shown a red card for his part in a mass brawl at the start of the second half.

But Swinton looked a rejuvenated side after the sending off and scored five second half tries to come within two points of snatching victory.

The affair got off to a feisty start, within five minutes Swinton knocked sparking a scuffle in the middle of the park, the referee called the culprits over but no further action was taken.

The visitors took the lead within 12 minutes after a good opening spell, Ed Barber broke the line and found Mick Nanyn in support to cross for the opening try.  Nayn then converted his own try to give Swinton a 0-6 advantage.

However that lead didn’t last for long, Nev Morrison intercepted from his own line and ran the length of the field and just managed to get the ball down for the try ahead of the chasing defenders.  Stewart Sanderson superbly added the extras to level the scores once again.

Doncaster extended their lead through Tom Hodson after the returning from injury Mark Castle provided a super offload to allow the full back for the day to score the try.  Sanderson again made no mistake with the kick.

Co-captain Kyle Kesik then got himself on the score sheet, with a trademark effort from dummy half, powering over under the posts.  Sanderson again added the simple conversion.

Lee Waterman was next to go over as the Dons looked to be running away with it, good work from scrum half Richard Wilkinson enabled the centre to score the try.  Sanderson slotted the kick to give Doncaster a convincing 24-6 lead at the break.


Half Time: Doncaster RLFC 24-6 Swinton Lions


After the break there was drama, Mike Emmett brilliantly offloaded to Jacob Miller who was tackled.  However in the when Miller was on the ground tackled Swinton’s Zach Johnson decided to take matters into his own hand’s by repeatedly punching the Dons halfback, sparking a fight between the two sides.  Johnson was rightly shown a red card and Lee Waterman and Josh Barlow were sin binned for their part in the aftermath.

Following this Craig Robinson threw a dummy and managed to wriggle out of the tackle before sending Wilkinson over to score.  Sanderson added the conversion.

However 11 man Swinton hit back, when Danny Bridge found space and slid over in the left corner.  Nanyn  converted to reduce the deficit to 18 points.

As the sin bins returned to the field, Doncaster extended their lead even further, Wilkinson pounced on a loose ball, kicking it forward and chasing and got his rewards, diving over the try line for the score his second try of the game.  Sanderson kept up his 100% record in the match with his sixth conversion of the day to give the Dons a 36-12 advantage as the game looked all but over.

This however was not to be the case as the away side had other ideas, when Darren Hawkyard began the comeback going over from close range and Nanyn kept up his perfect kicking record.

In the 67th minute Swinton added yet another score, Andy Ackers weaved his way through the Dons defence and Nanyn once more converted as Swinton looked to cling on for a bonus point.

With Swinton having the momentum though they really felt they could cause an upset and this was shown when James Brown forced his way over in the right corner as the Dons found themselves in real trouble.  Nanyn however could not add the conversion with Doncaster holding a 36-28 lead.

Then with little under five minutes remaining the away team added yet another try, Sanderson failed to deal with a high kick and Barber collected the lose ball and scored his second of the day.  Nanyn added the conversion to reduce as the Dons held a two point lead. 

However Cooke’s men clung on and were delighted to hear the final hooter as their fourth win on the bounce was secured.  It was however less than convincing under the circumstances.


Full Time: Doncaster RLFC 36-34 Swinton Lions

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