Doncaster RLFC: Cooke praises Dons after derby draw

Doncaster second row Mike Kelly is met in the tackle by Jack Bussey and Matty Dale. Photo: Rob Terrace
Doncaster second row Mike Kelly is met in the tackle by Jack Bussey and Matty Dale. Photo: Rob Terrace
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Doncaster were just feet from claiming a rare double over derby rivals Featherstone Rovers in the Championship’s match-of-the-day at the Big Fellas Stadium.

Had full-back Dave Scott converted a last-minute try by on-loan centre Richard Whiting, which levelled the scores at 22-22, the Dons would have become the first side in six games to beat the new-look Rovers.

“Dave is really disappointed in the dressing room and we’ve had to pick him up a little bit,” said player-coach Paul Cooke reflecting on Scott’s unsuccessful touchline attempt.

“But kickers don’t lose you games and both he and Stewart Sanderson have won us games this season with their kicking.”

Cooke felt that his side were good value for a share of the spoils away to second-placed Rovers.

“The least we deserved was a draw. We certainly deserved what we got out of the game and probably should have pinched it.”

He added: “They are team in a period of transition with having a new coach and having brought in a lot of new players recently.

“The players are going to take time to get to know each other and gell and we probably caught them at a good time as they are only going to get better.

“They are a good side (and have spent a lot of money) but we are not too shabby ourselves.

“For large parts of the game we handled what they threw at us quite easily and the two tries they scored in the second half – two ten-metre barges – were disappointing.”