Doms climb to third with 32-0 home triumph

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DONCASTER continued their climb up the Championship One table following their 32-0 win over Gateshead Thunder at the Keepmoat Stadium.

The Dons sixth successive win, coupled with defeat for Workington, saw Tony Miller’s side move up a place to third.

Although pleased to have denied the visitors a score, Miller admitted that Gateshead had surprised him.

“I can’t understand how Keighley put 90 points past them last week because they give 100 per cent and they never gave up today,” he said.

“We spoke about how they might respond in a positive manner from last week and they did.

“Give them credit. I don’t think that we played badly, but they stuck to it.

“They also played well when we beat them up there. They had a real dig and there wasn’t anything between the teams as was the case in the first 20 minutes today.

“I thought we played pretty well. I thought our defence again was outstanding. It doesn’t matter who you are playing against if you can keep a clean sheet it’s a good achievement,

“We could have scored a couple more tries. We had a try disallowed for a forward pass, which was 50-50, and there were a couple of times when they just got back to us to stop us, but overall it was a pleasing performance.”

Hooker Kyle Kesik celebrated his first full game at scrum-half with a brace of tries.

“We missed Craig (Fawcett) but I thought Kyle did pretty well,” said Miller. “He got caught a couple of times taking the line on when the ball should have gone, but it was his first game playing there.”

Centre Chris Spurr also notched a double to make it five tries in the last two games.

“He’s looking strong and I think he’s playing as well as he’s ever played,” said Miller.