Doncaster 36 Workington 10: Six-try Dons end Workington’s run

Centre Liam Cunningham scores a try for the Dons
Centre Liam Cunningham scores a try for the Dons
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Doncaster returned to winning ways in the Championship with a vengeance at home to in-form Workington Town.

Beaten in their previous two games, the fourth-placed Dons ran in six tries against a Town side which had climbed into sixth place on the back of seven successive wins.

In a week which could see the club docked points for fielding an ineligible Hull player, it was perhaps ironic that it was another dual-registered player (Jacob Miller) who stole the show.

It was the young Australian who set the Dons on their way – following a confident start by Town - when he jinked his way past several defenders from ten metres out on 11 minutes to present Stu Sanderson with an easy conversion.

There was a let-off for the home side three minutes later, winger Callum Phillips failing to hold on to a pin-point kick by Peter Lupton on the line.

There continued to be little to choose between the two sides in a game which neither side could afford to lose.

Out of favour for most of the season at Hull,and having produced mixed performances in his previous appearances in a Doncaster shirt, Miller crossed for a second try on 19 minutes following an angled run.

Cumbrian-born Sanderson again added the extras to make it 12-0.

The Dons, who had conceded an average of over 30 points in their last three games, had defended solidly for most of the half and Town had not seriously tested their line after the first 15 minutes.

Town made the early running after the break, but their hopes of avenging an early season defeat at Derwent Park, suffered another blow on 49 minutes.

Loose-forward Steve Snitch touched down for a try, which Sanderson again goaled, after getting on the end a Miller grubber kick to the line from about ten metres out.

Pasqualle Dunn scored his first try since switching codes when putting his head down and forcing his way over from ten metres out. Sanderson again added the extras to make it 24-0.

Centre Liam Cunningham piled on the misery for Town after intercepting a pass and holding off the cover on a 40 metre run to the line for a fifth converted try.

Town hit back with a brace of tries before Shaun Leaf celebrated his return to the side with a last-minute converted try in the corner.

Dons: Scott, Hodson, Leaf, Cunningham, Sanderson, Cooke, Miller, Carbutt, Kesik, Robinson, Waterman, Kelly, Snitch. Subs: Spaven, Spiers, Castle, Dunn.

Referee: C Kendall.