Doncaster RLFC: Cooke pleased as Dons make their mark

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It was job done for Paul Cooke as Keighley Cougars went home with nothing to show from their visits to the Dons on Sunday.

“Our objective throughout the week was to send them away empty handed so to do that was very pleasing for us as a group,” said player-coach Cooke. “I thought we started the game very well and dominated, but then we gave them a bit of field position through our errors.

“I don’t think the interval scoreline (14-8) reflected how dominant we had been until probably the last ten minutes when we didn’t have the ball.

“We could have got a bit disheartened at half-time with not being out of sight, which we could have been.

“We asked the players to give us everything they had in the second half, especially early on, and try and put the game to bed and I thought we did that.

“Their only try in the second half came from an attacking kick by us and that can happen.

“It gave them a bit of heart and they caused us a few problems and that’s why I tried to drop a goal, which was an awful attempt, to try and put us three scores in front.

“But we finished on top and to score on our right edge was pleasing because we’ve missed the kick a few times on our right edge in the last couple of weeks.”

Despite the third-placed Dons being level on points with leaders Leigh, Cooke says that there is more to come.

“We’ve changed a great deal of things in the off-season and we are still getting to grips with some of our structures, but to be two (wins) from two is obviously very pleasing.”