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  1. Dons head coach Richard Horne believes Louis Shetiff’s sin-binning was the defining moment in his side’s 22-21 narrow defeat to Workington Town. Workington scored three times while the Dons were down to 12-men and Horne believes that it was a difficult challenge to get back into the game. "The game changed after we went down to 12-men and they scored three tries while we had a man less and they punished us for it,” he said. "We spoke a lot before hand about giving Workington field positions, they'll post points and we just didn't get back it the game from that point. "We started the game really well, but sort of imploded a little but with errors and penalties.” The Dons do not play this weekend due to the Challenge Cup final between Hull FC and Wigan Warriors, but Horne welcomes the break in play and says it’s a perfect chance for the players to re-charge their batteries. "The lads will be in training because there are a lot of things that we need to tidy up,” he said. "It's a good chance for us to recharge the batteries as we picked up a few knocks, we need to make sure we have people ready for the York game. "If we are on it and play the way we know we can, we can beat any team in this competition and we know York will be a hard game and we will be ready for it.” View the full article
  2. Workington Town 22 Doncaster RLFC 21 Derwent Park Attendance: 441 The Dons fell to an agonising defeat in Cumbria prolonging the wait to confirm their place in the Kingstone Press League One Super 8s play-offs. The Dons got off to a flying start through Iafeta Paleaaesina, the powerful forward bulldozed his way over under the sticks after just four minutes with Miller duly converting the extras. Workington were inches from their first score of the afternoon but full-back Theerapol Ritson fell short of the line. Tom Carr gathered the grubber kick on the next tackle allowing the Dons to build an attack. They were halted on the 25-metre line via a high tackle and decided to go for goal. Jack Miller comfortably added the two points to increase the lead to 8-0. The Dons built further pressure and had a wonderful chance to score in the 23rd minute when Jordie Hedges sent Louis Sheriff racing home through a gap only for the pass to be called forward. Arguably the game’s turning point came just three minutes later when Sheriff was sin-binned for a high tackle on Ritson. Workington sensed their opportunity and took it. Gabriel Fell scored Town’s first try of the afternoon after just one minute of having a numerical advantage. A fine kick from Carl Forber was eventually gathered by the winger who touched down in the corner. Fell grabbed his second just after the hour mark gathering a stunning looping pass from Jamie Doran to touchdown out wide. Forber converted to put Workington in front for the first time in the match. Just one minute before the break, Sheriff was due to return to the field some nice hands from Town allowed Macauley Davies the space to crash over and extend their lead. As the hooter sounded Miller notched a drop-goal to bring the Dons within five points. HALF-TIME | Workington 14 Doncaster 9 Hopes of a comeback were dented just two minutes in to the second half when Workington were awarded a penalty for an illegal strip of the ball. Forber converted from 40m meaning the Dons now had to score twice to lead. Five minutes later and the Dons were back in with a shout. Charlie Martin powered his way towards the line, almost losing possession in the process, but on the next play Jason Tali burrowed his way over from close range. Miller’s conversion brought the Dons to within one point. Workington didn’t want to let go of their lead easily and regained their two-score lead in the 53rd minute through Conor Fitzsimmons. Forber adding the extras. A sustained period of pressure from Workington ensued. Firstly, Doran had a try disallowed for crossing before Town turned down the opportunity to go for goal from a penalty much to the dismay of their coaching staff. Doran came close again two minutes from time, but the Dons weren’t done yet. Keiran Cross produced a moment of magic, chipping the ball over the top of the defence and gathering a fortuitous bounce to incite a nail-biting finish. Unfortunately, it proved to be too late and the Dons fell to a narrow defeat. FULL-TIME | Workington 22 Doncaster 21 Workington Starting XIII: Ritson, Hambley, Rasool, Mossop, Fell, Forber, Doran, Curwen, Howarth, Scholey, B.Phillips, Davies and Singleton. Workington Interchange: C.Phillips, Coward, Fitzsimmons and Maudling Dons Starting XIII: Carr, Sheriff, Rawsthorne, Tali, Doherty, Cross, Miller, Spiers, Wright, Paleaaesina, Muranka, Martin and Green. Dons Interchange: Castle, Hedges, Kelly and Thackray. View the full article
  3. Richard Horne believes the Dons can become a real force in Kingstone Press League One if they can be more consistent throughout games. Horne’s side have lost two and won one of their opening three Super 8 games, and he says they must do the simple things better if they are to climb the table. “We’re looking for a more complete performance this week, we’re playing against another physical side who are dangerous when they’ve got the ball,” he said. “We want to cut out our basic errors, our training has been focusing on fixing that up so hopefully we’ll see the benefits of that at the weekend. “It’s all about making progress on what we’ve come up with in the past couple of weeks, our line speed has been good and we’re working on improving that further.” Workington are the Dons opponents this weekend and Horne is expecting his forward pack to be on the top of their game as they prepare for another physical test. “All we can do is make sure that we start strongly, we don’t want to be chasing the game as that’s when our play can start to become a bit scrappy,” he added. “We want to keep climbing the table and a win against Workington will put us on course to do that, we don’t want to rely on other results. “Our fitness levels are good within the group, they’re all in good shape and I think we’ve shown that against the Cumbrian teams with the way we’ve finished games.” View the full article
  4. Russ Spiers is hoping the win against Workington earlier on in the season can act as motivation when the Dons make the trip up to Cumbria again this weekend. Spiers scored the winning try the last time the two sides met and says the way they finished that game is something to build on. “I have good memories of our game there earlier in the season, scoring the try that won it that day was one of the highlights of the season from a team point of view,” he said. “I’m sure Workington will be looking at how we’ve performed against Barrow and Whitehaven in the past couple of games, we need to prepare right and go into it full of confidence. “It’s going to be a tough game at the weekend, it’s always a challenge going up to Cumbria and we know we’ll have to be on the top our game.” The Dons face their third Cumbrian opposition in a row this weekend and Spiers is under no illusions as to how tough the game will be. “They’ve got a big pack but we’ve shown in the past few games what we’re capable of doing as we have a lot of good players in that middle unit,” he added. “You have to look after yourself both physically and mentally as it can be draining travelling up there, once that’s out the way you know it’s time to kick on and put on a good display. “It’s a big week as a couple of the teams around us have got to go up to Cumbria as well so it’s all about who deals with that pressure.” View the full article
  5. During this edtion, Carl talks about last weekend's win against Whitehaven at the Keepmoat Stadium as well as looking ahead to the trip to face Workington in the Kingstone Press League One Super 8s. View the full article
  6. Richard Horne has named his 19 man squad for the trip to Cumbria to face Workington Town in the Kingstone Press League One Super 8s this weekend. Tom Carr and Mike Kelly return, with the pair replacing Ryan Jones and Kyle Kesik as the Dons look to make it back to back wins. See the full squad below: Zac Braham, Tom Carr, Mark Castle, Kieran Cross, Sam Doherty, Pete Green, Jordie Hedges, Mike Kelly, Charlie Martin, Jack Miller, Hakim Miloudi, Jason Muranka, Feka Paleaaesina, Nick Rawsthorne, Louis Sheriff, Russ Spiers, Jason Tali, Jamie Thackray, Ryan Wright. View the full article
  7. Club Doncaster Sports College have teamed up with the Dons to offer students aged 16-19 the chance to study, train and play as part of the Dons Academy. Going into its third season, the Dons Academy have enjoyed success in player development and performance amongst the likes of Leeds, Pontefract and Wyke. With Category three status, this programme is a specialist extra-curricular that will run alongside the learners’ academic qualifications, training up to five hours each week on top of full-time study. Delighted with the prospect of another year of success, Doncaster Rugby League CEO, Carl Hall said: “The work that the college do through the Dons Academy is brilliant; it’s a fantastic set up that replicates that of the first team and I think that’s reflected in the success stories of some of the students. “My dream for this set up is that someone from Club Doncaster Sports College works their way up through the ranks and ends up playing for the Dons first team and beyond. “With the rate that the programme is developing, I think that could happen in the very near future.” Success stories from the college include Kieran Cotes, a BTEC Level three student who was invited to train with the 1st team. He joins Morgan Monaghan in the CDSC hall of fame, who is now moving onto the Higher National Diploma with Selby College, hosted by Club Doncaster Sports College after graduating with the highest possible grade. He said: ‘The Sports College have given me an opportunity to develop my game and play in a competitive league and I have ended up with an amazing grade, meaning I can study on the HNC and continue playing rugby league. “I’m looking forward to the next season to see the team develop further and hopefully play on the Keepmoat Stadium pitch.” If you have a passion for rugby or willingness to try and learn some new skills then this could be for you. Anyone studying full-time with the Sports College can participate and be part of the squad with the chance to be trained by Doncaster RLFC first team coaches and members of the current Dons playing squad. This is a unique opportunity for players to represent College and Doncaster RLFC to compete against other colleges within the Yorkshire region with the opportunity to be selected for the Dons first team. If you are interested for the 2017/18 academic year, you will need to hurry, there are very limited places available and you can apply on line at http://www.clubdoncasterfoundation.co.uk/sports-college/apply-online/ or ring the Sports College on 01302 764663. View the full article
  8. Charlie Martin was pleased with the Dons fighting spirit as they came from behind to beat Whitehaven 30-22 at the Keepmoat Stadium. Martin’s try two minutes from time sealed the two points for Richard Horne’s side and the back-rower says the win can act as a turning point in their Super 8s campaign. “The Cumbrian teams are the ones that we are looking to test ourselves against, we had a good performance last week but didn’t get the result and we’ve put that right,” he said. “It’s always good to get over especially to seal the game like that, we worked hard for the win so it was nice to score. “We need to start putting in 80 minute performances, I feel like we’re starting to peak at the right time as we head into the second part of the 8s.” With four games remaining in the Super 8s, Martin feels that the Dons must look to build some momentum on the back of the Whitehaven win. “Our middles were great again, we had a few changes but everyone played their part today and the lads are really happy,” he added. “We had a good blend today of being tough physically but also playing an expansive style of rugby which helped us open Whitehaven up and cause problems for them. “We’ve got to put a few wins together in a row so that we go into the play-offs with some momentum, every team is looking to do the same so we have to get some more points on the board.” View the full article
  9. Charlie Martin was pleased with the Dons fighting spirit as they came from behind to beat Whitehaven 30-22 at the Keepmoat Stadium. Martin’s try two minutes from time sealed the two points for Richard Horne’s side and the back-rower says the win can act as a turning point in their Super 8s campaign. “The Cumbrian teams are the ones that we are looking to test ourselves against, we had a good performance last week but didn’t get the result and we’ve put that right today,” he said. “It’s always good to get over especially to seal the game like that, we worked hard for the win so it was nice to score. “We need to start putting in 80 minute performances, I feel like we’re starting to peak at the right time as we head into the second part of the 8s.” With four games remaining in the Super 8s, Martin feels that the Dons must look to build some momentum on the back of the Whitehaven win. “Our middles were great again, we had a few changes but everyone played their part today and the lads are really happy,” he added. “We had a good blend today of being tough physically but also playing an expansive style of rugby which helped us open Whitehaven up and cause problems for them. “We’ve got to put a few wins together in a row so that we go into the play-offs with some momentum, every team is looking to do the same so we have to get some more points on the board.” View the full article
  10. Watch the highlights from the Dons' 30-22 win over Whitehaven in the Kingstone Press League One Super 8s at the Keepmoat Stadium. View the full article
  11. Richard Horne feels the Dons still have plenty to work on after picking up their first win of the Kingstone Press League One Super 8s with a 30-22 victory over Whitehaven. Late tries from Kieran Cross and Charlie Martin sealed the two points at the Keepmoat Stadium and Horne says the performance merited a positive result. “We built on the Barrow game, we turned up with some real grit and determination in defence and we scrambled well when they had the ball,” he said. “We make games so hard for ourselves with handling errors in key areas, and then on the back of that when we do complete, we’re giving away too many penalties. “Having said that, I thought we were the better team out there and threw a lot at them, we just didn’t have enough of the ball to win the game more comfortably.” The Dons face Workington next up in the Super 8s and Horne believes they can go into the game full of confidence. “We scored some nice tries today and just need to make sure we’re smarter when we’re defending against the bigger sides,” he added. “Beating teams at the top end of the table is the direction we want to go in, we want to make sure we’re in the top five come the end of the season so what we’ve got a chance of getting promoted. “We want to try and improve each week and I feel like we’re doing that, we look dangerous when we have the ball we just need to make sure we get it more often.” Tickets for the Dons’ final home game of the Super 8s campaign against Newcastle Thunder are available from the Club Doncaster Box Office, on 01302 762 576 or at tickets.clubdoncaster.co.uk View the full article
  12. Doncaster RLFC 30-22 Whitehaven Sunday 13th August 2017 Kingstone Press League One Super 8s Keepmoat Stadium Attendance | 525 The Dons paid the perfect tribute to Liam Maughan as they beat Whitehaven 30-22 in the rifleman’s memorial match at the Keepmoat Stadium. They got off the perfect start, scoring inside the opening couple of minutes as a break from Nick Rawsthorne eventually set up captain Kyle Kesik to go over for the first points of the game. Jack Miller added the extras for 6-0. The Dons then went further in front as they chose to go for two after a penalty was awarded in their favour just 20 metres out from the sticks. Miller converted to make it 8-0. The visitors responded just two minutes later as Jesse Joe Parker found space down the left and eased his way past the home side’s defence to reduce the deficit. In an expansive opening quarter it was the Dons who scored the next try and it was a powerful finish from prop Feka Paleaaesina, who collected the ball metres from the line and force his way over. Miller knocked over the conversion. 14-4. Whitehaven though pegged the Dons back again with another try, back-rower Connor Holliday got on the end of a fine pass and had enough time and space to score. Paul Crook converted to close the gap to four points at 14-10. Both sides had chances in the remainder in the first half, but the defences came out on top and the scoreboard wasn’t troubled before half-time. HALF TIME | Doncaster RLFC 14-10 Whitehaven The Dons began the second half as they did the first and had a try just six minutes after the break. Hakim Miloudi, making his home debut for the club, fired a great cut-out pass which found Sam Doherty who put the ball down in the corner. Miller added the two from the touchline to make it 20-10. An end-to-end game continued to flow one way and then the other as Whitehaven again pulled a try back, this time Tom Holland used his considerable strength to go over for the Cumbrian side. Crook added the two for 20-16. Kieran Cross then made a huge break through the line before a pass from Jordie Hedges almost put Doherty in for his second, but the winger was forced into touch just inches away from the try-line. The visitors then went in front for the first time in the game with just 15 minutes left on the clock, Parker intercepted a pass and raced 40 metres to cruise over. Crook converted from in front leaving the Dons 22-20 behind. It took the Dons until four minutes from time to regain the lead and subsequently seal the two points. Cross, who had been a threat from half-back all game, threw a dummy and darted his way past two defenders before scoring. Miller added the two for 26-22. The Dons then put the icing on the cake in the last couple of minutes, back-rower Charlie Martin latched on to a pass and did well to muscle his way over to earn his side their first victory in the Kingstone Press League One Super 8s. FULL TIME | Doncaster RLFC 30-22 Whitehaven DONS XIII | Miloudi, Sheriff, Rawsthorne, Tali, Doherty, Cross, Miller, Paleaaesina, Kesik, Castle, Martin, Muranka, Green. Interchange: Wright, Braham, Thackray, Hedges. DONS TRIES | Kesik (2), Paleaaesina (12), Doherty (46), Cross (75), Martin (78) DONS GOALS | Miller (2, 7, 12, 46, 75) WHITEHAVEN XIII | Miller, Thompson, Parker, Taylor, Burns, Roper, Crook, Shackley, Newton, Riley, Holliday, McAvoy, Olstrom. Interchange: Calvert, Tilley, T. Holland, Maudling. WHITEHAVEN TRIES | Parker (9, 65), Holliday (22), Holland (51) WHITEHAVEN GOALS | Crook (22, 51, 65) View the full article
  13. Mark Castle feels that a strong defensive performance will be key if the Dons are to overcome Whitehaven in the Kingstone Press League One Super 8s this weekend. Whitehaven are the second of three games against Cumbrian sides in the space of three weeks and Castle is in no doubt that it will be another physical encounter. “Our defence improved a lot last week, we did the scrappy things well and stuck to our game plan which almost saw us win the game,” he said. “All the Cumbrian teams are big units down the middle, but we have some size in our pack as well so we’ll be looking to use that to our advantage. “After last week we need a positive start against Whitehaven and if we can do that then we give ourselves a good chance of taking something from it.” Castle has been in and out of the starting XIII this season but believes he still has a big part to play in the latter stages of the season. “There is a lot of strength in depth within the squad now so it’s down to me to fight for my place in the team and try to get a good run,” he added. “I’ve been in and out of the side but now I’ve come back in I’ve got to show Richard what I can do and how much of an impact I can have. “At this stage of the season, every player needs to have that momentum of playing games as that when you’re performing at your best.” View the full article
  14. Richard Horne believes the Dons can take momentum into the game against Whitehaven, given the way they defended away at Barrow last week. The Dons go into the game still looking for their first win in the Kingstone Press League One Super 8s but Horne feels they aren’t too far away from picking up a positive result. “We’re going into the game taking a lot of positives from last week, we were very good defensively and handled their middle unit well,” he said. “We’re not far away from getting it right, hopefully a positive result is around the corner for us and will come this week. “A dry track suits the way we want to play, we’re hoping to get that this weekend which means we can play a more expansive style of rugby.” Horne is expecting a tough physical challenge from a Whitehaven side who have only been beaten twice in the league this season. “It’s another physical challenge for us, our middles are going to have to do a job on theirs and we need to be good in our execution and game management,” he added. “They’ve got some big threats all over the park, it will be another close game and it will come down to whoever takes their chances. “Both teams will be looking to get the first try, after the game earlier on in the season they will be worried about how strongly we finished that game.” View the full article
  15. During this edition, Carl Hall talks about the defeat to Barrow Raiders as well as looking ahead to this weekend's game against Whitehaven at the Keepmoat Stadium which is also the Liam Maughan memorial game. /p> View the full article