Sharlston Rovers 10
THERE was never a hint of an upset as Tony Miller’s men stamped their authority on the amateurs from Wakefield to clinch a place in the Challenge Cup fourth round.
It was always a banana skin for the Dons against last year’s National Cup winners but they produced a determined display to steamroller their opponents from the start.
Powerful centre Lee Waterman led the way scoring 32 points as he touched down six times, and kicked four goals, to equal two club records for the highest number of individual tries and points in a match.
But it was by no means a one man display and Doncaster produced an excellent all round team performance marred only by a mass brawl at the end which resulted in red cards for Dean O’Loughlin and Sharlston prop Sean Emblem.
The Dons kept their discipline at the start to run up a 26-0 lead inside the first 22 minutes. Waterman began the scoring spree when he collected a pass from Grant Edwards to race over in the 5th minute.
Sharlston’s former Dons prop forward Craig Miles was sin-binned for dissent a couple of minutes later and Doncaster cashed in with three tries while he was off the field. Tom Hodson punished the visitors from the resulting penalty when he sprinted down the wing in the 8th minute and influential stand off Kieran Hyde capitalised on a clever pass from Craig Fawcett for the third try four minutes later.
Hodson scored again after 15 minutes following a tremendous run from Waterman who added his second try seven minutes later.
Sharlston stuck to their task and were rewarded when Danny Glassell and Geoff Hick touched down in the 25th and 30th minutes following momentary lapses in the home defence.
But the Dons reasserted themselves with tries from Waterman and Hyde, who also kicked two goals and a drop goal, to put themselves 33-10 in front at the interval.
Fawcett was sin-binned for dissent early in the second half but it made no difference to Doncaster who continued to rack up the points while seldom giving Sharlston a look in at the other end.
Stewart Sanderson strolled over the line in the 48th minute and Waterman notched his fourth try eight minutes later following an excellent move.His fifth try quickly followed and then Hyde touched down in solo style before Waterman capped a fine display with his record equalling touchdown with seconds to spare.