Doncaster RLFC: Injuries blight Dons victory

Dons sub Pasqualle Dunn takes the game to Workington
Dons sub Pasqualle Dunn takes the game to Workington
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Doncaster got back to winning ways with a surprisingly emphatic 36-10 win over in-form Workington at the Keepmoat Stadium.

But they could pay a high price for their double over the Cumbrians with forwards Mike Kelly (foot) and Kyle Kesik (hand) both having X-rays last night.

Both are doubtful for Sunday’s trip to Rochdale and the availability of Hull FC’s dual-registered half-back Jacob Miller, who scored two and set up a third try, is by no means certain.

The Dons will also lack the services of Alex Starling, who will shortly be flying out to the States to start a scholarship.

“We knew about his plans when we signed him and it was difficult to leave him out today,” said player-coach Paul Cooke.

“He’s done well this season but we felt that he’s been a little bit scratchy over the last month and we felt it necessary to change the team (following successive defeats) and obviously there can never be any sentiment over team selection.

“So we made some tough decisions and fortunately we got a result. Defensively we were better.

“To only concede two tries in 80 minutes (the first one not until the 70th minute) against a side which had won seven games in succession, when we ourselves were probably lacking a bit of confidence after recent performances, was really pleasing.

“But the performance didn’t really matter today, it was all about winning.

“At this stage of the season, with everyone fighting for every point, winning was paramount.”