Doncaster RL 30-12 Keighley Cougars Match Report by Joshua Chapman (@Chapalar)
Ill-discipline turned out to cost the Cougars dearly as the twelve men saw a bonus point slip through their grasps in the final minute.
Nev Morrison’s try less than a minute before time was enough to extend the Dons victory margin out of bonus point territory.
The try came as a result of a gap in the line which would have been gapped if Paul March hadn’t of talked himself into a second stint in the sin bin.
Following the game, March acknowledged his error: “I’ve let team down at the end, not picking up a bonus point when we probably didn’t deserve a point out of today but we got ourselves back into it. Obviously my sin bin at the end cost us but we’ve got have a look and see where we went wrong in preparation.
Marchy’s first stint in the bin came when during the build up for the Cougars second try when he came to blows with Dean Hadley as Hadley took a dig at James Craven.
It is not the first time March and Hadley had come to blows in a match however, the two shared fisticuffs during Cougars trip to York last term.
The Dons had started the game brighter and on the upper foot with Stewart Sanderson touched down in the corner after just sixty three seconds following a March knock on from the kick off.
The hosts then extended their lead when Mick Kelly crossed after the Cougars defensive line separated to give Doncaster a ten point advantage.
Doncaster started the second half in similar fashion as well with Sanderson scoring in the corner and Liam Welham touching down when Ash Lindsay rushed out of the line.
Lindsay made his debut in place of the injured James Feather, after the game, Josh Lynam said regarding Busters absence: “We missed Buster today, he takes us around the park and we opted to go with another back row forward but it didn’t really work out as well as we’d of liked it too.”
In the opening set from which Doncaster scored, Ben Sagar departed the game with a shoulder injury that would keep him from returning.
Cougars did get back into the game quickly however following the opening two tries, as three minutes later Daley Williams touched down a lovely Paul Handforth kick on the last.
The Dons retook a ten point lead in somewhat controversial circumstances when Dave Scott touched down in the corner despite Paul White knocking his foot onto the whitewash.
The Cougars only trailed by six at the break after Paul White touched down following the March and Hadley sin binnings.
White does have claim to try of the game however as he collected a Cooke kick and raced the length of the pitch to score the Cougars final try of the afternoon.
Yorkshire Times Man of the Match – Andy Shickell – The ‘Shicky Monster’ had a fantastic showing at the Keepmoat with the Doncaster outfit unable to contain his powerful bursts through the defensive line whenever he was on the field.
COUGARS: Craven, Barnett, Cosgrove, Williams, White, March, Handforth (C), Shickell, Lindsay, Hesketh, Lynam, Rawlins, Sagar. Interchanges: Jode Sheriffe, Graham, Lee, Peltier.
Doncaster: Butterfield, Sanderson, Welham, Morrison, Scott, Cooke, Nicklas, Spiers, Kesik (C), Pitts, Robinson, Kelly, Emmett. Interchanges: Castle, Spaven, Carbutt, Hadley