Doncaster have yet to suffer back-to-back defeats in the Championship this season and hooker Kyle Kesik hopes that won’t happen in tomorrow’s derby against Sheffield Eagles at the Keepmoat Stadium.
The fourth-placed Dons, who will be seeking to complete a rare double over their South Yorkshire rivals, were beaten 44-32 at Keighley last weekend.
“Although they scored a couple of disputed tries, I thought that they beat us fair and square in the end,” said the former Eagles’ star.
“I thought that there was only one team in it in the first 20 minutes or so but we failed to capitalise.”
Eagles also tasted defeat last time out, being beaten by Batley at the Owlerton Stadium.
Kesik, who has proved one of the club’s best signings in recent years, isn’t reading too much into that result, however, given Eagles contrasting form this season.
He added: “They seem to be playing better away this season.
“But they’ve got a big pack and good backline and they’ll probably enjoy playing at the Keepmoat with its wider pitch.”
Although looking forward to the game against his former club, who have often proved something of a bogey team in recent years, Kesik makes it clear that he regards it as just another match to be won.
“It’s a South Yorkshire derby so we’ll be up for it, but it’s just about us bouncing back from the Keighley game and putting right the things we did wrong at Cougar Park,” he said.
“I’m sure the Sheffield players will also be looking to get back to winning ways because they are battling with several other clubs to retain their place in the Championship.
“They are the defending champions and we know that we will need to be on our game but I’m sure that we will be.
“We lost ground in the race for second spot last weekend and we probably now need to win our five remaining games to be in with a chance.”
Kick-off is 3pm.