Major fitness boost for the Dons

Kieran Cross. Photo: Rob Terrace
Kieran Cross. Photo: Rob Terrace
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Doncaster RLFC have received a double boost ahead of Sunday’s Betfred League One clash against Hemel Stags at the Keepmoat Stadium.

Injuries to prop Russ Spiers (shoulder) and hooker/half-back Kieran Cross (knee) are not as bad as first feared and both of them have been given the go-ahead to resume training tonight.

A decision has yet to be made, however, as to whether either will feature against Hemel.

That is also the case with half-backs Jordan Howden and Jack Miller who have both trained this week after missing recent games.

The club could also look to give star half-back Liam Harris, who was carrying a knock in Sunday’s game, a rest ahead of big back-to-back games against Featherstone Rovers (Challenge Cup) and Bradford Bulls.

The Dons go into the game in top spot from Bradford on points difference but with the Bulls expected to run up a big score against Coventry there is pressure on the South Yorkshire side to do likewise against a team yet to win and who lost 80-10 at Keighley last weekend.

“We’ll obviously be looking to improve our points difference because it could help decide where we finish but first and foremost we have to win the game,” said Dons No 2 Pete Green.

“They’ll be looking for improvement throughout the side but it’s hard when things aren’t going well and you don’t have the strongest of squads.

“I’ve been in their position and whilst they’ll think there is always a chance of a victory they’ll also know that things have got to go really well for them and we’ll have to have a real off-day.

“The odds are obviously stacked in our favour but we have to have the right attitude.”

“I thought we possibly went into the North Wales game a little bit flat and we got a bit of a shock by how well they played – especially in the first half.

“We know that we have to tidy our game up but if we do that and stay disciplined then the points will come.”