Defence the key for Dons against leaders

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DONCASTER will be bidding to become the first team to tame Championship One leaders Swinton Lions in today’s Easter Monday clash at the Keepmpoat Stadium (3pm).

The only team in the league still boasting a 100 per cent record, the Manchester club won 74-22 at South Wales Scorpions last time out and have averaged just short of 50 points a game in their opening six league fixtures.

“I think that they have some defensive frailties that we can hopefully expose, but they are very good offensively,” said Dons’ boss Tony Miller.

“They’ve got a lot of pace on the fringes and a lot of big fast players so we need to be on the ball defensively.

“But, like I say, I think we’ll have opportunities to get some points on board; we just need to work overtime in defence.

“They’ve got hooker Mark Smith, who used to be at Widnes, he’s a good player. Ian Watson at half-back has a lot of experience and half-back partner Martin Ainscough is also a good player.

“Centre Gavin Dodds has got a lot of pace, and loose-forward Phil Joseph is a strong ball carrier, so they’ve got threats throughout the team. They are certainly a very attacked-minded side and we’ve got to try and close them down at the same time as trying to get our own attack going.

“We are without several regulars, which is a bit unfortunate for such an important game, but at least we’ll have stand-off Craig Fawcett back after missing the trip to Whitehaven.

The Dons have lost ground, after a promising start, following back-to-back defeats and Miller is keen to avoid a third defeat.