WELL-DRILLED Doncaster put a marker down for the season with a five-try destruction of fellow Championship new boys Workington Town, writes Paul Goodwin.
Dennis Tuffour, Danny Cowling, Liam Kay, Grant Edwards and Brett Waller all got on the try sheet as Tony Miller’s side produced the type of accomplished display that saw them clean up in Championship One last year.
After a slow start Miller’s men were clinical in attacking areas and eased to their second win of the campaign.
But it was their determined and dogged defending - a key feature of last season’s title and play-off winning exploits - that completely wore down Workington.
Town enjoyed the better of the first quarter and went close to a try when livewire full back Brett Carter got over the line but was held up by Doncaster’s defensive wall.
But the Dons broke the deadlock against the run of play on the 20 minute mark - and did not look back.
Winger Tuffour latched onto a clever Craig Fawcett grubber kick and raced in unchallenged to score between the posts, with Bobbie Goulding Jnr adding the extras.
The try galvanised the hosts and they extended their lead seven minutes later after brilliant work between Tuffour and Cowling on the right flank, the pair neatly exchanging passes before Cowling bustled his way over for Dons’ second score.
Goulding was unable to convert from out wide but the Dons would have been delighted to take a 10-0 lead into the break.
The second period began in similar fashion as Workington tried without luck to penetrate the home side’s well-drilled defence, Jarrad Stack this time held up in the scoring zone.
But Dons continued to be clinical when they were presented with an opportunity, and after more good work by Fawcett, Kay latched onto Goulding’s kick through to score in the left-hand corner.
With Town becoming increasingly frustrated at their inability to break through, gaps began to open up at the other end and Edwards took advantage of a defensive hole to glide through for try number four, converted by Goulding.
Giant prop Waller put the gloss on an impressive display when he steamrollered his way over the line despite the attention of a handful of Town defenders, with Goulding adding his third conversion.
Winger John Patrick reduced the deficit in the 74th minute when he eventually found some space in the corner but it was scant consolation as Dons deservedly built on their win at Barrow with an accomplished display.
Doncaster: Waterman, Tuffour, Cowling, Clare, Kay, Cooke, Fawcett, Carbutt, Kesik, Waller, Kelly, Spurr, Goulding. Subs (all used): Robinson, Emmett, Edwards, Trout.