Promotion’s the target for Dons

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DONS star Dean Colton says the side will be going all out to beat Hunslet Hawks in Sunday’s final Northern Rail Cup Pool B game at the South Leeds Stadium.

The Keepmoat Stadium side can still claim the final place in the group and reach the last eight of the competition though the odds are stacked against them following their 56-12 defeat at home to Sheffield Eagles.

But Colton is more concerned with the Dons getting themselves right for their opening Championship One clash at home to Whitehaven on Sunday week.

“The club have told us that the league is the priority this season and our main aim is to win promotion to the Championship,” he said.

“We’ve got to be looking to get the campaign off to a winning start, against a side who are likely to be among our main rivals, and then build on that.

“We are also looking to win all our home games in the league” said Colton.

“It would obviously help were we to go into the Whitehaven game on the back of a good performance against Hunslet. We certainly need to pick ourselves up because we can’t play any worse than we did against Sheffield.

“Not taking anything away from Sheffield , who are a very good side as they showed when reaching last season’s Championship Play-Off final, but we just didn’t turn up in the first half.

“I know that we had five players out but we still should have done a lot better than we did with the players who turned out.

“There was no problem with our fitness because we lasted the pace well and scored two late tries. But we didn’t do the basics right and we made too many mistakes and conceded too many penalties.

“We’ve spoken about what went wrong and we’ll be looking to put things right in training this week.”