LIKE the rest of his team-mates, Doncaster’s on-loan centre Nev Morrison spent much of the weekend trying to come to terms with the club’s 30-28 defeat in Friday night’s top-of-the-table Championship One clash against Swinton at The Willows.
No-one did more than the 21 year-old, who scored a hat-trick of tries, to extend the third-placed Dons winning sequence to seven games and inflict the leaders first home defeat of the season.
Had stand-off Scott Spaven, who had to use a borrowed kicking tee, converted the last of his three tries two minutes from time, the Dons would have salvaged a draw.
“We’d have obviously taken a draw after trailing 28-12 at one stage in the second half, but I felt that we did enough to win the game,” said Morrison who has now scored eight tries in the last three games.
“It was disappointing to lose out because we’d have been right in there with a chance of the title had we won whereas we are now probably looking at second spot.
“We’ve all got to put the Swinton game to the back of our mind and focus on our remaining five games, three of which are against teams who are up there with us.
“I think that we need to win at least four of the games to finish second but the way we are playing I’m confident that we can do it. As Friday’s game again showed, we are a very fit team and we play for the full 80 minutes. We always now that we can come from behind.”
A non-contracted player on Hull FC’s books, Morrison can be recalled by the Super League outfit at any time to play in their ‘second’ string, but he is hoping to play in all the Dons remaining games.
“I am enjoying it at Doncaster and it’s not been a problem alternating between the two clubs,” he said.
“It has definitely brought my game on whilst I’ve been here. I’ve learnt a lot playing with more experienced players and different coaches.”