DONS’ skipper Craig Robinson is looking forward to trying to clip Sheffield Eagles’ wings in Sunday’s Northern Rail Cup Pool B clash at the Keepmoat Stadium.
The back-row forward suffered a badly gashed ear in the club’s first warm-up game against Hunslet and missed the pre-season friendly against the Eagles the following week.
“I know we ended up losing 40-22 on the day but the scores were level with ten minutes to go and I just think the fact that we only had two subs in the second half caught up with us in the end,” said Robinson.
“Obviously the fact that we ran them so close, and played really well against them, will give us some confidence going into Sunday’s game.
“But we also know that there is more riding on Sunday’s game and it is going to be more competitive.
“It’s a game that we can’t afford to lose if we are to maintain our hopes of making it through to the quarter-finals of the Northern Rail Cup because it is generally accepted that you have to win three of your four pool games.
“Although we managed to pick up a losing bonus point against York last weekend we didn’t play as well as we know that we can and we know that we will have to raise our game if we hope to beat Sheffield, who have won both their games. I thought that York dominated us in the forwards at times, especially in the first half, and we’ve to show that we are better than that, which I think we are. I think we’ve got one of the best packs in Championship One.
“We dropped too much ball in the first half and gave a lot of penalties away and we had to do a lot of defending. I certainly wasn’t happy with our first-half play and neither were the rest of the lads.
“But we showed what we can do by winning the second half 12-4 and that’s the sort of performance we’ve got to produce against Sheffield on Sunday.
“Whenever you are playing a side from a higher division, as is the case with Sheffield, you’ve got to be on the top of your game.”