Championship preview: Doncaster v North Wales Crusaders

Sunday 3.00pm at the Keepmoat Stadium
Doncaster will have Hull FC youngsters Joe Arundel and Ben Crooks available for the visit of the North Wales Crusaders to the Keepmoat Stadium.

The pair were left out of the Hull FC squad for Thursday’s televised game against Huddersfield Giants with Hull coach Lee Radford saying: “We are hoping a couple of games at Doncaster will benefit them.”

That comment suggests that the pair could also be available for Doncaster’s Easter Sunday game at Sheffield, though with the Super League clubs having two games over the holiday period a more prudent approach could be expected.

Arundel was a try scorer in Doncaster’s last league outing – a 48-6 defeat at Halifax. Wakefield’s on-loan hooker Matty Wildie who also played at Halifax is also available.

However, the Dons are without Scott Spaven (ankle ligament damage) and Matt Carbutt (knee).

“We’re really doing it tough with regards to players and personnel,” said Doncaster player-coach Paul Cooke.

“We seem to be picking up two or three injuries every week at the moment, but the good news is that Matty Wildie comes back into contention this week.”

Crusaders coach Clive Griffiths claims he will not be boosted by the return of any players this week, and will not have any dual-registration players from Widnes Vikings either.

“We’re under the pump, but we’ve got to have a reaction from last week,” said Griffiths.

“Getting a reaction is what everybody’s looking for, from the coaches, players, board and fans, and that’s what we’re focused on.”

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