Rugby League: Craig’s in seventh heaven with Cooke

No pressure: Craig Fawcett.
No pressure: Craig Fawcett.
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CRAIG Fawcett has made the Dons’ No 7 shirt his own again in recent weeks.

The scrum-half, who has scored three tries in the last two Championship One games, forms one of the best, if not the best, half-back partnership in the division along with former Super League star Paul Cooke.

“Cookie has brought a lot of experience to the team and he’s helped to get us playing in areas where we should be playing,” said Fawcett, now back to his best following a knee injury earlier in the season.

“He’s taken a lot of pressure off me because the fact that he is a marked man gives me a bit more space to do what I want to do,”

The two men played a starring role in last weekend’s 46-18 win over fourth-placed Oldham at the Keepmoat Stadium and Dons’ boss Tony Miller is hoping for a repeat performance against third-placed Workington Town at Derwent Park tomorrow.

“It is going to be a different game to the Oldham game,” said Fawcett. “It will be a little bit tighter because of the narrower pitch up there and our forwards have got to front up but I’m sure that they will, We’ve got some big lads in the squad this season.

“The forwards have got to drive down the middle and hopefully give Cookie and me a platform to control the game and get our backs into play,

“We’ll also be looking to cash in on Cookie’s kicking game which, in addition to giving us territory, has brought us quite a few close-range tries in recent games,

“We’ve been top of the table for a couple of weeks and we are looking like a top-of-the-table side. But we’ve got to make sure that we don’t get complacent because there’s still a long way to go,

“We spoke at the start of the season about aiming for a top-four spot but the title has got to be the target now.

“We’ve got ourselves in a really good position and it would be even better were we to beat Workington tomorrow.

“We know it’s going to be tough - it always is up in Cumbria - and they’ve got a good team this season.”