Dean backs new captain

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LONG-serving winger Dean Colton has given his backing to the appointment of Matt Carbutt as the new Doncaster Rugby League Club captain.

“I think he is a good choice,” said the former Scotland World Cup winger. “He gets through a lot of work in games, always pushes himself hard in training and he’s got leadership qualities.”

Carbutt’s leadership skills will be put to the test in the coming weeks as the Dons look to check their slide down the Championship One table following.

Tony Miller’s side, who had given a good account of themselves the previous week in their Challenge Cup tie against Super League outfit Wakefield Trinity Wildcats, had looked set return to winning ways in Sunday’s home game against second-placed Keighley Cougars until conceding a late try after going down to 12 men.

“We’d played well against Wakefield and that had boosted our confidence after the poor performance at Oldham in the league the previous week.” said Colton.

“Sunday’s game was a game of two halves. We played well in the first and probably should have led by more than 14-4 at the break, but they hit us with two early tries in the second and that lifted their spirits whilst our heads seemed to go down a little bit.

“We got back in front with a try by Jack (Ely) but we don’t seem to be able to hold on and win a game at the moment.

“It was disappointing to lose so late in the game but it shows when we can run sides like Swinton and Keighley so close that we are not far off being where we want to be.

“We’ve given ourselves a lot to do if we want to finish in the top-four, which was our target at the start of the season, but I think that we can still do it.

“Despite recent results everyone is still upbeat because we know that we’ve still got the players and we’ve still got a good team.

“It’s just a case of getting that next win and once we do that I’m confident that we can string a few wins together, which we know that we need to do.

“We probably need to win 75 per cent of our remaining games if we are to finish in the top-four

“We’ve got this weekend off and it might do us a bit of good to help people get over their bumps and bruises.

“After that we’ve got Workington away. I’ve only finished up on the winning side up there a couple of times over the years; it’s always tough.

“We beat them at home earlier in the season but they looked a decent side on the day and they’ve made a good start to the season.

“It’s a narrow pitch so it is probably going to be a forwards’ battle. But if the pack can play like they have done in the last couple of games, particularly against Wakefield, then hopefully we can come away with a result.”