Doncaster Dons stroll to the title

Glory day: Dons' joyous travelling fans enjoy the great moment.  Picture: rob terrace
Glory day: Dons' joyous travelling fans enjoy the great moment. Picture: rob terrace

DONCASTER players and supporters celebrated until late last night at the Keepmoat Stadium after clinching their first ever title following their 48-8 win over London Skolars in their final Championship One game at the New River Stadium.

Many Doncaster supporters had been a little apprehensive about the outcome because of Skolars’ impressive home record and their form of late, but the game was never in doubt after the Dons stormed into an early 14-0 lead and led by 26-8 at the break.

“The boys were pretty relaxed on the way down and I was always confident that if we played like we can do the result would take care of itself,” Dons boss Tony Miller told The Star.

“The players have been brilliant all year and they deserve everything they get.

“We have proved ourselves to be worthy champions; we’ve won more games, scored more tries and more points than anyone else.

“It’s been a long time coming - we haven’t won anything like this in our 61 year history - and it’s a moment to savour.

“I never won anything in my playing career and I’ve just told the players that to win a title is special.”

He added: “I’m also delighted for our supporters. They haven’t always had a lot to cheer about over the years and it was good to see so many of them down here today to see us crowned champions.”

The game will also be remembered as as the day when centre/full-back Lee Waterman broke Luke Gale’s 32-try club record.

“I’m delighted for Lee; he’s worked hard all season and for him to break the record on the day we win the title makes it even more special,” said Miller.

“We’ll have a good session back at the stadium tonight and then it’s back to business as we prepare for the start of the Play-Offs.”

“We play second-placed Barrow at home on Sunday week and if we win that we are straight through to the final. If we lose we’ll still have a second bite of the cherry as a reward for finishing top, but we aren’t thinking along those lines.”