DONCASTER remain sixth in Championship One but they are now just one point behind second-placed Workington Town with a game in hand following yesterday’s 40-22 win over London Skolars at the Keepmoat Stadium.
But the Dons could pay a heavy price for their fourth successive win and three of yesterday’s side could miss Sunday’s testing game against Rochdale at Spotland.
On-loan centre Mike Coady suffered a recurrence of the shoulder injury which cut short his previous loan spell at the club and he will now return to parent club Leeds Rhinos to have the injury assessed.
But Dons physio Kev Farley told The Star that Coady needed to have the shoulder injury, which has now occurred three times this season, sorted and said that he might need surgery.
Second-rower Craig Lawton went to hospital after the game to have a rib and finger injury checked out.
“The finger is the biggest problem,” said Farley. “Craig dislocated it and I put it back in place but it came out of place again. He might have broken it.”
Winger Stu Sanderson was sent for an X-ray on his leg at half-time,
“It was just a precautionary measure,” said Farley. “He could have broken it or there may be a bit of joint disruption and if that is the case then he could be fit for Sunday.”
Injuries apart, Dons’ boss Tony Miller was pleased with the way the afternoon went.
“London are a much-improved side and I think that they’ll continue to cause a few upsets,” he said,. “They had seven or eight new players from the last time we played them, with a couple from Harlequins, so I knew it was going to be tough.
“Apart from the last five or six minutes of the first half I thought that they were better than us around the ruck area.
“It was an area which we needed to tighten up and we spoke about it at half-time.
“Our completion rate in the second half was 14 from our 17 sets (of six tackles) which had a massive bearing.
“We said that if our completion rate was around 80 per cent - especially in this heat - that we’d give ourselves an excellent opportunity because they would fatigue and that proved to be the case and we put a few tries on the board at the end,
“We are a really fit side and I always fancy our chances against any team in this league in the last 20 minutes.”