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  1. Head coach Richard Horne appeared on this week's edition, he gave updates on the process of bringing players in to the club as well as looking ahead to the Dons Super 8s campaign in Kingstone Press League One. <p> View the full article
  2. The Dons have made a quartet of signings before the Kingstone Press League One transfer deadline to further bolster their squad ahead of the Super 8s campaign. Hull FC outside-back Nick Rawsthorne and back-rower Brandon Westerman join on loan deals until the end of the season while winger Ryan Jones has signed a on a permanent deal from Warrington Wolves. French full-back Hakim Miloudi has signed for the remainder of 2017 and will arrive at the club at the end of July after taking part in France’s World Cup training camp. Head coach Richard Horne said: “We’re pleased to get the deals done, I felt we needed strengthening and having some fresh bodies within the group will improve us massively. “Nick and Ryan coming in adds to our power and pace on the edges, it also adds another dimension to our attack as we will have more options. “Carl Hall has done a great job of getting the deals done in a professional manner, as well as ensuring we got the players we wanted for the rest of the season.” Chief executive Carl Hall said: “We’re pleased to get these boys in, they can really add to the talented squad that we already have here at the club. “Hopefully now we have a squad capable of winning as many games as possible between now and the end of the season to give us the best possible chance of getting into the play-off places. “I had to be very smart on last week’s In the Dugout, but that was because we didn’t want to alert other clubs to these players as we knew Championship sides were interested so it was important that we went under the radar, while always being confident of getting the deals done.” View the full article
  3. The Dons will face Keighley Cougars at the Keepmoat Stadium in their opening game of the Kingstone Press League One super 8s on Sunday July 30. Richard Horne’s side will then face all three Cumbrian sides throughout August, with trips to Barrow and Workington either side of a home game against Whitehaven. September starts with an away game against York City Knights, who finished level on points with the Dons in the regular season, and the 8s are rounded off by a home game against Newcastle followed by a trip to Canada to play against Toronto Wolfpack on Saturday September 16. View the full article
  4. Reece Dean was pleased with the Dons defensive performance as they limited Gloucestershire All Golds to just one try in a 42-4 victory. Dean scored two tries of his own in the second half at the Prince of Wales Stadium but was focusing more on the team’s overall display. “The first half was a bit frustrating with the weather conditions making the ball wet so we had to stick to our game plan and we proved our worth after half time,” he said. “I’m happy with the two tries but it was much more of a team effort, we were backing up well and the lads pressed home our advantage. “The main thing in the game was our defence, they couldn’t out of their own halves which shows how good a job our middles did for us.” The former Hull FC man has switched to full-back for the past few games and believes he has slotted in well at the back. “I’ve played at full-back a lot under Richard in the academy at Hull FC, so it’s a position I know well but I’m happy to play anywhere as long as I’m contributing to the team,” he added. “I have a bit more freedom to move around the field in that position, I can support play a bit more so it’s good to have that speaking role at the back. “Coming in late in the season meant that I had to work quickly on building combinations up with the other lads but I think we’ve done well.” View the full article
  5. Richard Horne was delighted that the Dons were able to keep their winning run going after a 42-4 victory against Gloucestershire All Golds at the Prince of Wales Stadium. 38 second half points sealed the victory and Horne says his side showed good character to turn their first half pressure into scores after the break. “I thought we did enough in the first half, but our skill-set probably let us down a little bit so the game could have been put to bed,” he said. “The big focus at half time was getting our communication right and I think we did that in the second half and had a strong performance. “We played on the front foot, they did a good job on us initially so we had to be patient and wait for the opportunities to come, which they did.” After the Dons finished the regular Kingstone Press League One season in fifth position, Horne believes the good run of form they have been on in recent weeks will help them going in to the 8s. “We want to take some momentum into the 8s, gaining a bit of confidence was important and we’ve got to raise the bar again now when we face the teams above us in the league,” he added. “I came in and didn’t know a couple of the lads, so it was about seeing what they bring to the table and how we can use it between now until the end of the season. “We’ve got a week off now which has probably come at a good time for us, we’ve got players who need a rest so we can charge them up and have a look at the videos and see where we can improve.” View the full article
  6. Gloucestershire All Golds 4–42 Doncaster RLFC Sunday 16th July 2017 Kingstone Press League One The Prince of Wales Stadium The Dons gave head coach Richard Horne the perfect birthday present as they comfortably beat Gloucestershire All Golds – in the final game of the regular Kingstone Press League One campaign. The visitors started off looking to press home their early pressure with both Charlie Martin and Sam Doherty going close before being denied by strong All Golds’ defence. Ryan Wright then looked to be in after a quarter of an hour after a swift passage of play involving Jamie Thackray, however the play was brought back by the referee after a forward pass in the build-up. As the rain started to fall both sides had to adapt to the conditions and it was the Dons who struck first after 26 minutes when Mark Castle collected a pass from Ryan Wright close to the line and crashed over. Jack Miller added the two for 0-6. The Dons attacked again before half time in search of extending their lead, but couldn’t take advantage with Liam Welham coming close before losing the ball just short of the line. HALF TIME | Gloucestershire All Golds 0–6 Doncaster RLFC The Dons started the second half in fine style with a try two minutes after the restart, a repeat set on the All Golds line led to Feka Paleaaesina barging his way over the line to extend the lead. Miller added the two. 0-12. A 40/20 from Miller then created good field position for the visitors, before the ball was moved out to the right where Sam Doherty was on hand to slide over. Miller made the score 0-18 with the successful touch-line conversion. Doherty was soon in for his second in a similar move, the Dons had possession close to the line before the ball was worked out the back for the winger to touch down for his seventh try in his past three games. Miller once again added the two to put the Dons in control at 0-24. The second half was completely one sided and the Dons were in again with 13 minutes left on the clock, an interception break from Hedges eventually resulted in full-back Reece Dean scoring the try close to the sticks. The Dons’ right side was proving to be a huge asset and Brad England was the next man to profit, another flowing move found the back-rower in plenty of space and he went over in style. Miller added the two to put the Dons 0-36 in front. Richard Horne’s side were keen to add more points to their tally and when Wright broke through the line he had Dean alongside him to take the score above 40 points for the second week in a row. Miller converted for 0-42. The All Golds managed to pull a try back with just five minutes left on the clock. Mo Agoro touched down in the corner in what was the home side’s only attacking play of the second half. FULL TIME | Gloucestershire All Golds 4–42 Doncaster RLFC DONS | Dean, Doherty, Welham, Jones-Bishop, Sheriff, Hedges, Miller, Aizue, Wright, Thackray, Martin, England, Green. Interchange: Paleaaesina, Kelly, Castle, Cross. DONS TRIES | Castle (26), Paleaaesina (42), Doherty (50, 53), Dean (67, 72), England (70) DONS GOALS | Miller (26, 42, 50, 53, 67, 70, 72) ALL GOLDS | Mitchell, Agoro, Kadeem, Reece, Barlow, Owens, Fallon, Walter, Parry, Elliott, Worrall, McLean, Brickhill. Interchange: Carter, Lloyd-Jones, Purslow, Jones. ALL GOLDS TRIES | Agoro (75) ALL GOLDS GOALS | None. View the full article
  7. Half-back Jack Miller is enjoying being a consistent part of the Dons starting XIII as they look for a third win on the bounce when they take on Gloucestershire All Golds this weekend. Miller is in fine form himself having scored three tries in his past two games and believes a regular run of games under head coach Richard Horne has benefitted him. “I’ve been enjoying my rugby in the past few weeks, the new head coach has come in and built some confidence while creating a bit of a buzz around the place,” he said. “At the start of the year I was struggling for a regular run in the side, but now with a run of games under my belt I’m feeling good on the field. “Both for me personally and for the team, I feel as though we’re becoming more consistent every week as partnerships start to blossom.” The Dons must win against the All Golds and hope for results elsewhere to go their way if they are to finish the regular campaign in fourth spot but Miller says they are only focused on one thing. “Everyone wanted to finish in that top four and we had a chance to do it but fell short in the regular season, we need a bit of luck this weekend with other results,” he added. “We need to do our job against the All Golds and take care of ourselves, we’ll look where we’re at after the game and see where we finish. “We can’t be slipping up, if we stick to our game plan and play to our potential then we know we’ll pick up the two points.” View the full article
  8. During this week's edition, Carl Hall talks about last weekend's win over South Wales Ironmen as well as previewing this weekend's game against Gloucestershire All Golds in Kingstone Press League One. View the full article
  9. Half-back Jack Miller is enjoying being a consistent part of the Dons starting XIII as they look for a third win on the bounce when they take on Gloucestershire All Golds this weekend. Miller is in fine form himself having scored three tries in his past two games and believes a regular run of games under head coach Richard Horne has benefitted him. “I’ve been enjoying my rugby in the past few weeks, the new head coach has come in and built some confidence while creating a bit of a buzz around the place,” he said. “At the start of the year I was struggling for a regular run in the side, but now with a run of games under my belt I’m feeling good on the field. “Both for me personally and for the team, I feel as though we’re becoming more consistent every week as partnerships start to blossom.” The Dons must win against the All Golds and hope for results elsewhere to go there way if they are to finish the regular campaign in fourth spot but Miller says they are only focused on one thing. “Everyone wanted to finish in that top four and we had a chance to do it but fell short in the regular season, we need a bit of luck this weekend with other results,” he added. “We need to do our job against the All Golds and take care of ourselves, we’ll look where we’re at after the game and see where we finish. “We can’t be slipping up, if we stick to our game plan and play to our potential then we know we’ll pick up the two points.” View the full article
  10. Half-back Jack Miller is enjoying being a consistent part of the Dons starting 13 as they look for a third win on the bounce when they take on Gloucestershire All Golds this weekend. Miller is in fine form himself having scored three tries in his past two games and believes a regular run of games under head coach Richard Horne has benefitted him. “I’ve been enjoying my rugby in the past few weeks, the new head coach has come in and built some confidence while creating a bit of a buzz around the place,” he said. “At the start of the year I was struggling for a regular run in the side, but now with a run of games under my belt I’m feeling good on the field. “Both for me personally and for the team, I feel as though we’re becoming more consistent every week as partnerships start to blossom.” The Dons must win against the All Golds and hope for results elsewhere to go there way if they are to finish the regular campaign in fourth spot but Miller says they are only focused on one thing. “Everyone wanted to finish in that top four and we had a chance to do it but fell short in the regular season, we need a bit of luck this weekend with other results,” he added. “We need to do our job against the All Golds and take care of ourselves, we’ll look where we’re at after the game and see where we finish. “We can’t be slipping up, if we stick to our game plan and play to our potential then we know we’ll pick up the two points.” View the full article
  11. Richard Horne wants the Dons to focus on getting their own job done when they face Gloucestershire All Golds in the final game of the regular Kingstone Press League One season this weekend. The Dons could finish fourth, fifth or sixth depending on results elsewhere but Horne says all they can do is try and pick up two points. “Looking at the league table, nothing much changes wherever we finish so we just have to make sure we go into the 8s with plenty of confidence and playing some good rugby,” he said. “We can only play what is in front of us and the boys have shown that they’re adapting to the way I want to play and we’ve scored some really good tries in the past couple of games. “They’re all working hard as they want to impress and at times you can lose a bit of shape because of that, but I can’t fault the commitment and the effort that they’re putting in at the minute.” After picking up maximum points in their past two league fixtures, the Dons go into the game in high spirits and Horne wants his squad to build on that momentum. “We spoke half time of the game last week that we didn’t want a second half performance like the one against Oxford and the players did a great job to finish with 70 points,” he added. “The All Golds will come at us with a lot of energy, they’ve got some experienced players within the squad but we’ve got to focus on ourselves and make sure we prepare right. “This weekend gives me a chance to give some of the boys a go who haven’t had much of a run out, they’re looking to impress so that will only get the best out of them.” View the full article
  12. Richard Horne has named his 19 man squad for the final game of the regular Kingstone Press League One season against Gloucestershire All Golds this weekend. Mike Kelly, Makali Aizue and Aaron Jones-Bishop all return as the Dons go in search of their third league victory in a row ahead of the super 8s. See the full squad below: Makali Aizue, Mark Castle, Kieran Cross, Reece Dean, Sam Doherty, Brad England, Pete Green, Jordie Hedges, Aaron Jones-Bishop, Mike Kelly, Kyle Kesik, Charlie Martin, Jack Miller, Feka Paleaaesina, Connor Scott, Louis Sheriff, Jamie Thackray, Liam Welham, Ryan Wright. View the full article
  13. The Dons are to organise a collection for the late Liam Maughan after his memorial garden was vandalised. The event will take place at one of the club’s home games in the Kingstone Press League One super 8s once the regular season has come to an end with a final date to be confirmed in due course. Chief executive Carl Hall said: “I am saddened to hear the news about Liam’s memorial garden being vandalised. “We will look to do a collection at Liam’s game with a date to be announced shortly. That will hopefully help fund the cost of the repairs and in the meantime our thoughts are with Andrea, David, Callum and Jaden.” View the full article
  14. The Dons are to organise a collection for the late Liam Maughan after his memorial garden was vandalised. The event will take place at one of the club’s home games in the Kingstone Press League One super 8s once the regular season has come to an end with a final date to be confirmed in due course. Chief executive Carl Hall said: “I am saddened to hear the news about Liam’s memorial garden being vandalised. “We will look to do a collection at Liam’s game with a date to be announced shortly. That will hopefully help fund the cost of the repairs and in the meantime our thoughts are with David, Callum and Jaden.” View the full article
  15. Prop Feka Paleaaesina has his sights set on Gloucestershire All Golds, after the Dons comprehensively beat fellow Kingstone Press League One side South Wales Ironmen 72-10 at The Wern. The 34-year-old New Zealand international also managed to get himself on the scoresheet and is targeting a performance of a similar nature against the All Golds. “It is going to be the same against on Sunday when we face the All Golds, we want to go out there and put a few points on them early on and make sure that we kick on,” he said. “A lot of credit must go to the boys, we stuck in there and got the result that we wanted, you saw on Wednesday that we took the lead early on but couldn’t put them away in the second half. “It was very important to take the first half of the Oxford into the South Wales game and make sure that we did not take the foot off the gas and rack some point up and that’s exactly what we did.” Paleaaesina also paid compliment to the Ironmen, who have had a below par season due to financial trouble, and he hopes that they can turn their misfortune around in the upcoming months. “It has been tough for them this season with a lot of things happening off the pitch, rugby league is still growing there, but I hope they can get everything off the field sorted and it turns round for them,” he said. “I think that South Wales have some good kids in their ranks who can play some footy, obviously there were some players from dual-registration clubs as I recognised the names, but they had some decent players. “The game was tough in places and they gave it a good go at the start of the second half but we were looking to get the points on the board and we proved to be too much for them in the end. View the full article