RUGBY LEAGUE: Dons on brink of their first ever league title

Lee Waterman runs in to score his 31st try of the season.
Lee Waterman runs in to score his 31st try of the season.
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DONCASTER Rugby League Club are just 80 minutes away from their first ever league title.

The Dons regained top spot in Championship One following their 48-12 win at the Keepmoat Stadium yesterday and leaders Barrow’s surprise 24-18 defeat at mid-table Rochdale.

Adding to the Dons’ joy was a 28-18 defeat for title favourites Workington Town, at Oldham.

Although both Cumbrian sides picked up a losing bonus point, victory for the Dons away to London Skolars on Sunday week will see them crowned champions.

Dons boss Tony Miller, who admits he thought the Dons’ chances had gone following their recent defeat at Whitehaven, learnt that both Cumbrian clubs were losing at half-time and said he found it hard to remain focused on the Crusaders’ game in the second half.

“I honestly thought that they would both come back in the second half,” said Miller. “I couldn’t see Workington losing at Oldham who we beat the week before.It’s unbelievable that we’ve put ourselves in a position where we can win the league.

“The players have been magnificent all year and deserve to be in the position we are in. But it has been a real team effort from everybody including the backroom staff.

“It’s going to be tough down there but we’d have snapped anybody’s hand off if they had offered us the position we are in at the start of the season.

“It’s been a great season for us. We are promoted and we’ve never gone through a season before with a 100 per cent home record in the league and we want to finish with the league title.

“If we could do that it would be a really good achievement considering how far we’ve come in the last three years.

“A lot of credit has got to go to everyone involved including chief executive Carl Hall and Ray Green and all the people who support us.”