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  1. Leeds head coach Brian McDermott was full of praise for the Dons performance against his side in the Challenge Cup fifth round. The Rhinos eventually ran out 64-28 winners, but McDermott says he never quite felt comfortable despite being in front for the majority of the game. “I think they would have been disappointed with their first half performance, but they showed strength and character in the second half to make it a contest and we found it very difficult,” he said. “I wasn’t comfortable even when we were dominant. The Dons ability to get up and play the ball quickly surprised us a little bit. “I think we thought we’d be far physically superior to what we actually were in the end, they looked a very fit side and gave us a real test tonight.” McDermott showed the Dons respect from the outset by naming a full strength squad, and believes that Gary Thornton’s men should be proud of their efforts. “There was a temptation to rest a few players but at the end of the day it’s the Challenge Cup, we want to win the competition,” he added. “I saw the Dons players group up after the game on the field and I’m sure they were saying things like that’s how you compete against the bigger teams. “They know that they made it a contest for us and if they can perform like that on a regular basis then they’re in for a good season.” View the full article
  2. Charlie Martin felt the Dons’ fans played a crucial role in helping the team produce a battling performance against Leeds Rhinos at Headingley. After seeing their side score 28 points against a full strength Super League team, Martin says the travelling supporters provided a great backing. “The fans turned up in their numbers tonight, it would have been easy for them to stay away but they really backed us and that means everything to the players,” he said. “We’ve scored a lot of points against a top class Super League team, not many other teams will do that this year so we have to take great confidence from that. “Hopefully we can start to attract more and more fans to our games as now they have seen exactly what this team is capable of.” The 24-year-old capped off a solid personal performance with a second half try, something which he says will stay with him for the rest of his career. “It was a great moment for me personally, as soon as I got the ball I knew exactly what I wanted to do and the space opened up for me,” he added. “I was shouting at Kieran Cross to give me the ball, I managed to hit a good line and break through then tried to cap it with a swan-dive in front of the fans. “This is something that we can build on, we’ve shown glimpses of what we’re capable of and that we’re not far off where we want to be.” View the full article
  3. Gary Thornton was proud of his side’s effort and determination as they produced a spirited performance against Leeds Rhinos in the Challenge Cup fifth round. Despite losing 64-28 at Headingley, the Dons scored six tries against a full strength Rhinos side, with Thornton taking plenty of positives from the game. “I think we’ve answered a few of our critics, we’ve been poor by our high standards recently but second half tonight we were excellent,” he said. “I told them to stay positive at half time, we defended quite well against a tough Leeds team, I can’t praise them enough. “We’ve been down over the past few weeks and we’ve asked questions of ourselves, our discipline was excellent tonight – we set ourselves a target and we stuck to that.” The head coach believes his players can use the performance as motivation for the rest of the Kingstone Press League One season with promotion still on the agenda. “The important thing now is that we don’t rest on this, we have to work hard now and take this into our next few league fixtures as we’ve got a bit of ground to make up,” he added. “Brian McDermott congratulated us on fantastic second half, he’s a good rugby league man and he wished us the best for the rest of our league season. “We look ahead to the London game now, that will be tough for us but we’ll take plenty of confidence from tonight and look to win the game.” View the full article
  4. Leeds Rhinos 64 Doncaster RLFC 28 Friday 21 April 2017 Headingley Carnegie Stadium Ladbrokes Challenge Cup fifth round Kick off 8pm Attendance | 5,097 Gary Thornton's men bowed out of this season's Challenge Cup, but will have been proud of their display as the Dons ran in six tries at the home of the Super League giants. It was an aggressive start from the hosts controlling possession early on, a sweeping move from right-to-left saw Josh Walters tee up Ash Handley, who crashed over in the corner to give Rhinos and early lead, despite the best efforts of Tom Carr. Rhinos added to their score once again on the fifth minute, a powerful run from Adam Cuthbertson who had the easy task to turn to his left and offload the ball to the better placed Rob Burrow, who touched down under the posts. Watkins this time made no mistake in adding the extras from directly in-front of the posts. Five minutes later the Super League side were in again, some fast interchanging passing from Joel Moon and Mitch Garbutt saw the latter bulldoze Zac Braham before touching the ball down beyond the white line. Watkins added another two. 16-0 Brian McDermott's men were not going to take this game easily as they extended their lead on the 13th minute, captain Danny McGuire was the next two add four points for the hosts, before Watkins grabbed his hat-tricks of kicks from the tee. Doncaster were to pull a try back of their own on the 15th minute mark, so jinxing footwork from Kieran Cross eventually saw the scrum half find a gap in the Rhinos defence to throw himself over the line and get a valuable try for Gary Thornton's men. The Rhinos who share top spot in the Super League, shown their class for their fifth try, some slick passing between Watkins and Handley, set the ball up perfectly for Jack Walker to score on his full Rhinos debut. It took the Rhinos until the 30th minute to score their next try of the game, an offload from McGuire found the arms of Walker, who took no chances and slid over the line. Watkins was successful with his conversion. Jack Walker completed his hat-trick with four minutes of the half remaining, some powerful play by the full back saw him break the line before holding off two Dons defenders to extend the lead for the hosts. Watkins kicked the extra two once again. 38-4 McDermott's men were in once again on the stroke of half time, an iuntrusive run forward from Garbutt saw him shrug off three Dons defenders before stretching over the line, center Watkins added his sixth conversion of game. HALF-TIME | Leeds Rhinos 44-4 Doncaster RLFC The Rhinos started the second half they way they ended the first, some interchanging of passing between Hall and Moon saw the ball eventually end up in the hands of Jordan Lilley who crashed over the line to add four more. Watkins added a further two for the hosts. Thornton's men hit back on the 49th minute as some solid work from Jordan Howden created some space for Ryan Wright to nip in and force his way over the Rhinos line, this tom Carr converted his conversion. Four minutes later the Rhinos were over the line, a strong run from Watkins eventually saw him offload to Burrow who did the rest, a change in kicker meant that Lilley would try for the extra two, but his attempt was wide. It turned into a you score, we score game, as the Dons were over again, a neat kick through from Carr was finished off by Louis Sheriff in the corner, but Carr's conversion attempt was short. The Dons would go onto score again just before the hour mark, a flat pass from Howden found Charlie Martin who flew over the line in-front of the travelling support to give the visitors the chance to reach 20 points against a formidable Super League side. Carr did not disappoint as his extra two made the scoreline 52-20. Another Rhinos debutante would get on the scoresheet, as Mikolaj Oledzki broke through the Dons defence before planting the ball down, Lilley could not miss as he added the extra points for the hosts in-front of the posts. An interception from Ryan Wright saw the hooker break 60 meters before playing a smart pass to better placed Kyle Kesik who slid in over the line under pressure from the Rhinos defence. The Dons were in again with six minutes of the game remaining, a kick for the corner bounced favorably for Sheriff who touched down in-front of the travelling support for the second time in the game. Rhinos would respond though, a pass from Brad Singleton paved the way for Joel Moon to get his first try of the game with two minutes of the affair remaining, Lilley struck his kick over the posts to add the extras for the hosts. 64-28 FULL-TIME | Leeds Rhinos 64-28 Doncaster RLFC Rhinos XIII | Walker, Handley, Watkins, Moon, Hall, McGuire (C) Burrow, Galloway, Lilley, Garbutt, Singleton, Walters, Cuthbertson. Rhions Interchanges | Baldwinson, Ormondroyd, Oledzki, Hallas. Rhinos Tries | Handley (3), Burrow (5, 53) Garbutt (10, 39) McGuire (13) Walker (22, 30, 36) Lilley (46) Oledzki (62) Moon (78) Rhinos Goals | Watkins (5, 10, 13, 30, 36, 39), Lilley (62, 78) Dons XIII | Carr, Doherty, Jones-Bishop, Tali, Sheriff, Howden, Cross, Castle, Kesik (C), Braham, England, Martin, Muranka. Dons Interchanges | Scott, Wright, Aizue, Hedges. Dons Tries | Cross (15) Wright (49) Sheriff (55, 74) Martin (59) Kesik (69) Dons Goals |Carr (49, 59) View the full article
  5. Dons forward Jamie Thackray has been banned for five matches by the RFL following his sending off against Toronto Wolfpack. Thackray received Grade A and Grade E charges, the second of which was for foul and abusive language towards a match official. The ban will become effective immediately, starting with the Challenge Cup fifth round tie at Leeds Rhinos. View the full article
  6. Chief executive Carl Hall has given his weekly update. During this edition, he talks about the Good Friday defeat against York as well as looking ahead to this week's Challenge Cup fifth round tie away at Leeds Rhinos. View the full article
  7. As the Dons prepare to face Super League giants Leeds Rhinos, Kieran Cross is ready for what he describes as the biggest game of his career. The Dons travel to Headingley on Friday night for the Challenge Cup fifth round tie, and Cross says all of the players are ready to embrace the occasion. “The lads are ready for it, there is a buzz around the place as we all know how big a game it’s going to be for the club,” he said. “It’s going to be great, to play in front of a big crowd at Headingley is something I’ve always wanted to do so I can’t wait for the game. “We haven’t performed too well in the past few games, it’s down to us to go up against Leeds and show them what we’re capable of.” As the club’s top try-scorer so far in 2017, and a boyhood Dons fan, Cross is making the most of his breakthrough season in the first team and is looking for that to continue against the Rhinos. “I’ve grown up as a Dons fan, watching them with my dad and grandad so it’s extra special for me to be playing for my hometown club in what is a massive occasion,” he added. “I think it’s the biggest game of my career so far, this is only my second year at this level so to get the chance to go up against a team like Leeds is good for me personally. “All we can do is give 100%, we’ll give it our all and in rugby league it’s all about who wants it more on the day.” View the full article
  8. Gary Thornton is backing his players to show what they’re capable of when they go up against Super League side Leeds Rhinos in the Challenge Cup fifth round. The Dons travel to Headingley on Friday night to face Brian McDermott’s Rhinos side and the head coach believes his side have nothing to lose as they head into the game as huge underdogs. “We’ll prepare professionally and treat the game as any other, we want to go there and give ourselves the best chance possible to win the match,” he said. “To go to Headingley and play under the floodlights is a fantastic opportunity for our young players as most of them won’t have experienced that before. “We’ve got to try and do our best, our defence has to be bang on and then take our opportunities up the other end when we get our hands on the ball.” The Dons go into the game on the back of consecutive league defeats, with Thornton expecting a strong reaction and performance from his players. “We’ve had a bit of a dip in form in recent weeks so I think we can go there and relax whilst showing people what we’re all about,” he added. “We want to give our fans something to be proud of, I’m sure we’ll take a good following over to Leeds and that will be crucial for us. “The most important thing for us as a club is to make sure we give a good account of ourselves, when you’re playing against some of the best players in the world that is all anyone can ask.” View the full article
  9. Gary Thornton has named an initial 19-man squad for the game against Leeds Rhinos, with a final decision to be made on the team after training on Thursday. Makalie Aizue, Mark Castle and Jordan Howden all return to the 19, seeing Jack Miller, Feka Paleaaesina and Russ Spiers miss out. See the full squad below: Makalie Aizue, Richie Barnett, Zach Braham, Tom Carr, Mark Castle, Keiran Cross, Sam Doherty, Brad England, Jordie Hedges, Chris Heil, Jordan Howden, Aaron Jones-Bishop, Kyle Kesik, Charlie Martin, Jason Muranka, Connor Scott, Louis Sheriff, Jason Tali and Ryan Wright. Leeds Rhinos Head Coach Brian McDermott has also named his 19-man squad for the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup fixture at Headingley Carnegie on Friday night. 2 Tom Briscoe, 3 Kallum Watkins, 4 Joel Moon, 5 Ryan Hall. 6 Danny McGuire (c), 7 Rob Burrow, 8 Keith Galloway, 10 Adam Cuthbertson, 15 Brett Delaney, 16 Brad Singleton, 17 Mitch Garbutt, 21 Josh Walters, 22 Ash Handley, 23 Jack Ormondroyd, 24 Jordan Baldwinson, 25 Jordan Lilley, 28 Mikolaj Oledzki, 30 Sam Hallas, 31 Jack Walker. View the full article
  10. Gary Thornton has named an initial 19-man squad for the game against Leeds Rhinos, with a final decision to be made on the team after training on Thursday. Makalie Aizue, Mark Castle and Jordan Howden all return to the 19, seeing Jack Miller, Feka Paleaaesina and Russ Spiers miss out. See the full squad below: Makalie Aizue, Richie Barnett, Zach Braham, Tom Carr, Mark Castle, Keiran Cross, Sam Doherty, Brad England, Jordie Hedges, Chris Heil, Jordan Howden, Aaron Jones-Bishop, Kyle Kesik, Charlie Martin, Jason Muranka, Connor Scott, Louis Sheriff, Jason Tali and Ryan Wright. Leeds Rhinos Head Coach Brian McDermott has also names his 19-man squad for the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup fixture at Headingley Carnegie on Friday night. 2 Tom Briscoe, 3 Kallum Watkins, 4 Joel Moon, 5 Ryan Hall. 6 Danny McGuire (c), 7 Rob Burrow, 8 Keith Galloway, 10 Adam Cuthbertson, 15 Brett Delaney, 16 Brad Singleton, 17 Mitch Garbutt, 21 Josh Walters, 22 Ash Handley, 23 Jack Ormondroyd, 24 Jordan Baldwinson, 25 Jordan Lilley, 28 Mikolaj Oledzki, 30 Sam Hallas, 31 Jack Walker. View the full article
  11. Gary Thornton felt his side got the basics wrong as they suffered their second league defeat in a row. The Dons were beaten 16-8 by local rivals York Knights on Good Friday and the head coach says the performance was well below par. “We didn’t get going in attack, we were nowhere near creative enough and relied on our middles to get us going,” he said. “It’s impossible to win games of rugby league if you’re not creating clear chances and that’s where we’ve gone wrong today. “We weren’t too bad defensively, we limited the amount of points they scored but switched off at key times and you can’t afford to do that at any level.” The Dons were in front by two points at half time thanks to a Feka Paleaaesina try, and Thornton believes they should have seen the game out from there. “I don’t think you can fault our effort, we gave it everything but just came up short on certain things so that’s very disappointing,” he added. “We weren’t clinical enough today and that’s been the story of the season so far, we’ve got to take our chances when they come in games. “We’ve got a couple of weeks until our next league game now and we’ll be working on areas we can get better at between now and then so hopefully we will see a marked improvement.” View the full article
  12. York City Knights 16 Doncaster RLFC 8 Friday 14th April 2017 Bootham Crescent Attendance | 1026 The game started brightly for the Dons when Haynes knocked on in his own in goal forcing a drop out under the posts. From the drop out the Dons came close to opening the scoring, when skipper Kyle Kesik was held up over the line. However, that was the only early highlight for the Dons in the opening ten minutes, with a series of penalties conceded forcing them to defend their own line strongly. In the 14th minute Harry Tyson-Wilson opened the scoring for York, after converting his penalty kick. Tyson-Wilson was a thorne in the visitors side throughout the first period as his lofted kick caused havoc in the Dons defence, which allowed Ed Smith to further extend the lead in the 16th minute. The conversion was missed leaving the score at 6-0. The game continued to be littered by errors and penalties, however, the Dons were starting to make headway into the York half, culminating in Paleaaesina barging his way over the line in the 22nd minute. Tom Carr converted leaving the scores level at 6 – 6. It took until the 34th minute for another chance to be created with York attacking the Dons right hand side. It took a strong try saving tackle from scrum half Jordie Hedges to stop the Knights re-taking the lead. It was inevitable then that the next score would be from a penalty, with Tom Carr converting a penalty in front of the posts to take the Dons into half-time in the lead 8-6 Half-time | York City Knights 6 Doncaster RLFC 8 The second half started in the same vein of the first half, with knock-ons and penalties. The first chance of the second period was created by Tom Saxton for the Knights, when in the 44th minute he broke down the left wing making 30 metres before being met by full-back Tom Carr in-front of the dug-outs. Carr's attempted tackle was judged by the referee to be high and from the resulting penalty York forced their way to the Dons line before but could not make their pressure count. The hosts continued to pile on the pressure, with Smith going over for his second try in the 48th minute. Tyler-Wilson was a constant thorn in the Dons side, his conversion to made it 12-6 witha large part of the half remaining. The Dons first real chance of the half came in the 52nd minute with Russ Spiers going close, but he was held at bay by some resolute defending by James Ford's side. Either side could have won the game at this point, however defences were on top and chances remained few and far between. With five minutes left on the clock York sealed the game, when Swift went over to further extend the lead. Tyler-Wilson failed to convert the try. but it was too little too late for the Dons who suffered back-to-back defeats for the first time this season. Full-time | York City Knights 16 Doncaster RLFC 8 York City Knights: Robinson, Foggin-Johnson, Rawsthorne, Hayes, Saxton, Tyler-Wilson, Pressley, Siddons, P.Smith, Robinson, E.Smith, Hey, Spears. Interchange: Dixon, Ellis, Porter, Clavering Doncaster RLFC: Carr, Sheriff, Doherty, Tali, Barnett, Cross, Hedges, Braham, Kesik, Spiers, Heil, Martin, Muranka. Interchange: Wright, Scott, Paleaaesina, Thackray View the full article
  13. York City Knights 16 Doncaster RLFC 8 Friday 14th April 2017 Bootham Crescent Attendance | 1026 The game started brightly for the Dons when Haynes knocked on in his own in goal forcing a drop out under the posts. From the drop out the Dons came close to opening the scoring, when skipper Kyle Kesik was held up over the line. However, that was the only early highlight for the Dons in the opening ten minutes, with a series of penalties conceded forcing them to defend their own line strongly. In the 14th minute Harry Tyson-Wilson opened the scoring for York, after converting his penalty kick. Tyson-Wilson was a thorne in the visitors side throughout the first period as his lofted kick caused havoc in the Dons defence, which allowed Ed Smith to further extend the lead in the 16th minute. The conversion was missed leaving the score at 6-0. The game continued to be littered by errors and penalties, however, the Dons were starting to make headway into the York half, culminating in Paleaaesina barging his way over the line in the 22nd minute. Tom Carr converted leaving the scores level at 6 – 6. It took until the 34th minute for another chance to be created with York attacking the Dons right hand side. It took a strong try saving tackle from scrum half Jordie Hedges to stop the Knights re-taking the lead. It was inevitable then that the next score would be from a penalty, with Tom Carr converting a penalty in front of the posts to take the Dons into half-time in the lead 8-6 Half-time | York City Knights 6 Doncaster RLFC 8 The second half started in the same vein of the first half, with knock-ons and penalties. The first chance of the second period was created by Tom Saxton for the Knights, when in the 44th minute he broke down the left wing making 30 metres before being met by full-back Tom Carr infront of the dug-outs. Carr's attempted tackle was judged by the referee to be high and from the resulting penalty York forced their way to the Dons line before but could not make their pressure count. The hosts continued to pile on the pressure, with Smith going over for his second try in the 48th minute. Tyler-Wilson was a constant thorn in the Dons side, his conversion to made it 12-6 witha large part of the half remaining. The Dons first real chance of the half came in the 52nd minute with Russ Spiers going close, but he was held at bay by some resolute defending by James Ford's side. Either side could have won the game at this point, however defences were on top and chances remained few and far between. With five minutes left on the clock York sealed the game, when Swift went over to further extend the lead. Tyler-Wilson failed to convert the try. but it was too little too late for the Dons who suffered back-to-back defeats for the first time this season. Full-time | York City Knights 16 Doncaster RLFC 8 York City Knights: Robinson, Foggin-Johnson, Rawsthorne, Hayes, Saxton, Tyler-Wilson, Pressley, Siddons, P.Smith, Robinson, E.Smith, Hey, Spears. Interchange: Dixon, Ellis, Porter, Clavering Doncaster RLFC: Carr, Sheriff, Doherty, Tali, Barnett, Cross, Hedges, Braham, Kesik, Spiers, Heil, Martin, Muranka. Interchange: Wright, Scott, Paleaaesina, Thackray View the full article
  14. Carl Hall has given his weekly update. During this edition, he talks about the Good Friday game against York Knights as the Dons look to get back to winning ways. View the full article
  15. Dons forward Corey Hanson has joined fellow Kingstone Press League One side Hemel Stags on a one-month-loan deal. Hanson signed for the Dons in the off season but has struggled to hold down a first team spot, and head coach Gary Thornton believes the move will benefit all parties. “Corey came in during pre-season and missed a large part through illness, so that set him back slightly and he was always playing catch-up,” he said. “He’s been away from the club for a little bit and we need him to get some minutes under his belt so he will go and spend some time at Hemel so that he’s ready to slot into our side when needed. “It’s important for him and us that when he is needed that he’s fit and raring to go so the games will do him good and I’m sure he’ll come back ready to play.” View the full article