DONCASTER posted their biggest ever win at the Keepmoat Stadium in yesterday’s Championship One game against lowly Gateshead
Centre Lee Waterman bagged four of the tries as the third-placed Dons ran in 14 tries on their way to a 78-6 win over the North East side to maintain the pressure on both Barrow and Workington Town.
With Town beating Cumbrian rivals Whitehaven, the title chace is now effectively a three-horse race.
“I honestly didn’t see that coming today; I thought it would be a closer game,” said Dons’ boss Tony Miller.
“I was confident that we’d get a result but by no means that score with the team that Gateshead have got this year,
“I just think that everything went for us. Whether they dropped off a little bit (at the end) I don’t know. But we completed 21 sets against their 11 in the first half so we knew that would take its toll of them in the second.”
The game was effectively over as a contest long before the break as the Dons scored more than a point a minute in the second quarter to lead 38-0 at the interval.
But Miller admitted the scoreline at that stage did Gateshead few favours,
“We had to do a lot of try-line defence in the first 15 or 20 minutes and there was nothing between the teams,” he said.
“But that is probably the most ruthless we’ve been for a long time and we played for the full 80 minutes.
“On a few occasions we’ve played well for the first 40 and then switched off, but today we were outstanding for the full game.
“We had a lot of push around the ruck, which is where we thought that we’d catch them. We went through them first before we played wide and I thought that we were exceptional around the ruck area.
“We scored a lot of tries in that area and a few from set moves, which was pleasing.”