The game was effectively over as a contest long before half-time, by which time the Super League side led 32-0, and they ran out 56-0 winners.
“Their coach said the score doesn’t reflect the game,” said Dons boss Tony Miller. “He said we took the ball in strongly, which I thought we did, but I just felt defensively that they were a bit too strong for us.
“Physically I thought that they were too strong. They dominated us and their first three tackles they came through us and we had all out to defend because they played an expansive off-loading game and we were defending on the back foot.
“First half we had no territory and we defended probably 80 per cent of the game in our 20 metre area.
“I thought that we could have done a little bit better but we were up against Super League players.
“But we never gave in and gI thought we got stronger the longer the game went on.
“We had seven new players on board and it will take a while for them to settle in.
“I thought Kyle Sampson did really well as did Stuart Sanderson when he came on. He came on on the wing and then went to full back.
“I thought Adam Scott played well at prop.”
Scott Wilson came off late in the game.
“He got a crack on his jaw,” said Miller. “I think he’ll be all right but obviously we won’t know until the swelling goes down.” n Report: p26