Dons primed for Skolars Rail Cup test

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THE Dons will be looking to get back on track in the Northern Rail Cup in tomorrow’s second Pool A clash against London Skolars at the Keepmoat Stadium (3pm).

Both sides suffered heavy defeats against top Championship clubs in their opening games of the season last weekend.

But Dons boss Tony Miller, whose team played a man short for the whole of the second half at Featherstone, feels both sides performed better than the score would suggest.

“I’ve watched a DVD of London’s game against Widnes and they’ve got a lot of good strike players in their team and we are going to have to be on our guard,” he said.

“I’ve always liked winger Ade Adebisi - I think he’s a quality player - and they’ve also got Jy-Mel Coleman, who is another good player. So they’ve got players who can hurt us and cause us problems with the ball.

“Defensively, however, there are a a few areas that I feel we can exploit

“But it is by no means the London team of old when you were always confident of getting a result against them,

“It looks to be the strongest Skolars side I’ve seen for a couple of years and they’ll be fancying their chances of doing well when the Championship One season kicks off next month.

“They are in the same league as us and the game will give us an insight into what we can expect.

“We’ve worked hard on our defence in training this week and around the ruck area, where we conceded two tries against Featherstone.

“There are still things that we need to work on but hopefully there will be some improvement every week.”

The Dons are almost certain to be without loose forward Carl Hughes (foot) again and will make a late decision on second-rower Kyle Sampson, who suffered a facial injury in last week’s game.