Dons to be wide boys at happy hunting ground

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DONCASTER boss Tony Miller says tomorrow’s Championship One Promotion Play-Off quarter-final against Rochdale at Spotland is a ‘50-50 call.’

The two teams finished level on points but Hornets’ superior points difference saw them pip the Dons for fourth spot and gain home advantage.

“It could go either way; it depends on who turns up on the day,” said Miller. “I think it will be a close game whoever wins though there could be quite a few points scored.

“They play an expansive game and half-back Paul Crook is playing really well. He’s got a really good kicking game and we’ll have to try and pressure him otherwise he is capable of kicking you to death.”

Despite the fact that Hornets will have home advantage, Miller says that won’t necessarily be a contributing factor on the day.

“The funny thing is we’ve played each other three times this season and we’ve won the two games at Spotland and they beat us at home,” he said.

“It’s a nice wide pitch over there, similar to the Keepmoat, which means that we can play our normal game.

“Although we’ve beaten them twice at Spotland, we’ve had to come from behind on both occasions and that’s something we’ve spoken about in training this week.

“We need to start like we did against Whitehaven last Sunday, when we scored three tries in the first 20 minutes or so. We don’t want to be chasing the game again and concede the early momentum.

“It will be a tough game but you expect that in play-off rugby. But if we can complete the majority of our sets, and pose them problems when we have the ball and play with the same intensity in defence that we did against Whitehaven, we’ll give ourselves a real chance.

“The spirit in the camp is good, as it has been all season, and the manner of the win against Whitehaven has given the lads a boost.

“If we are to get through to the final we are going to have to do it the hard way.”

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