Rugby League: Patched-up Dons set for Bulldogs

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THE Dons are the walking wounded as they head into tomorrow’s clash with Batley Bulldogs at the Keepmoat.

Head coach Tony Miller is sweating on the fitness of Mark Castle, Matt Carbutt and Carl Hughes after a bruising encounter with Hunslet Hawks last weekend.

Skipper Kyle Kesik has overcome a knock from the same game while Chris Spurr is set to make his return.

The Dons threw away a 16-0 lead to lose 42-22 at Hunslet and Miller blamed the injuries for the loss of momentum but backed his squad to respond.

“We suffered a few injuries early on which affected our flow,” Miller said.

“Hunslet are a good team and they just overpowered us as the game went on.

“We’ve not had any injuries for a while but all of a sudden we have four lads all go down at once. But we have to get on with it and we will.”

Miller felt the scoreline at Hunslet failed to reflect the Dons’ performance but has vowed to improve discipline ahead of Batley’s visit, a game he expects his side to win.

He said: “It should be an attractive game on Sunday.

“They like to play fast rugby and we’ll be going out there to win. Batley are another good team but this is a winnable game. We never go out there with anything other than a win on our minds.

“This league is a lot tougher than what we got used to last year and I think we’re still adapting.

“But I’m pleased with plenty of things we are doing and there were lots of things to be positive about from the game last weekend.

“What we need to make sure we do is play for the full 80 minutes and not switch off.

“We’ve made a lot of progress on that and I’m sure we’ll be doing it soon.”

Miller could include prop Josh Johnson who has joined on a month’s loan from Huddersfield Giants.