All out attack sees Dons battle back

ATTACK was the best form of defence in a 15-try free-for-all at Spotland as the Dons fought back from a hefty deficit to beat hosts Rochdale 40-36.

Both sides had only pride to play for in their closing Northern Rail Cup game with qualification for the knockout stages already ruled out.

And it resulted in a 76-point spectacular in which both coaches were left scratching their heads at their sides’ defensive frailties.

Doncaster found themselves 22-0 down midway through the first half as the Hornets dominated the first quarter.

But Tony Miller’s men came storming back with five tries in an incredible 13-minute spell - Ashley Williams, Paul Hughes, Kyle Kesik, Scott Spaven and Matt Carbutt all touching down to help give the visitors a 26-22 lead at the break.

Rochdale briefly levelled matters as the second period started at a similar frantic pace but Scott Wilson and Chris Spurr scored in the space of three minutes to put Doncaster 10 points to the good.

Craig Johnson grabbed his second try of the game for the Hornets but Mick Butterfield - the Dons’ eighth different try scorer - burst clear on the hour to put the game beyond the hosts.

The Dons are in Challenge Cup action on Saturday (3pm) when they host amateur side Thatto Heath.