Dons in flying start to league programme

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DONCASTER got their Championship One campaign off to a winning start with a 40-10 victory over South Wales Crusaders at the Keepmoat Stadium.

The Dons never looked back after racing into a 24-0 lead in the first half, and went on to beat the Neath-based club, who did the double over them in their first season in the Championship, for the first time.

“I thought that we started really well,” said Dons’ boss Tony Miller.

“The structure was a lot better with (stand-off) Craig Fawcett back, and we looked dangerous on both the right-hand and left-hand sides.

“We scored some good tries and we were unfortunate not to score some more. There were some stand out performances. All the back three - wingers Dean Colton and Stu Sanderson and full-back Mick Butterfield were excellent.

“Scott Spaven, I thought, had his best game for us.

“It was a good debut from Chris Green, who has joined us on a season-long dual-registration loan from Hull, who we thank.

“As I say I think it is the best that we’ve started even though it took us 13 minutes to score.

“I knew that if we kept plugging away then cracks would appear.

“We’d spoken about putting teams under pressure and just keep plugging away and that if we do that we’ll get our rewards, if not then, then later on.

“Overall I’m delighted with the win because we wanted a good start to our league campaign.”

He added: “They will get better, and did throughout the game. I watched a DVD of their Challenge Cup game against Dewsbury last week and they were a lot better today - last week their defensive line was all over.

“To be fair they are probably a bit behind everybody because they haven’t had any Northern Rail fixtures.”