DONCASTER DONS: Top Dons lose some of shine

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DONCASTER continue to set the pace at the top of Championship One after completing the double over Rochdale Hornets in eight days with a 48-26 win in the return at the Keepmoat Stadium.

But Dons’ boss Tony Miller wasn’t as happy as he had been a week earlier following the 38-6 win at Spotland.

“I’m a bit disappointed,” said Miller after seeing his charges, who led 26-4 at the break, collect their seventh win in eight starts this season.

“I thought we were good in the last 15 minutes of the first half and okay for the rest.

“We spoke at half-time about (not) starting the second half slowly, as we’ve done for the last three weeks, and we did exactly the opposite of what we were trying to achieve and conceded three tries in the first nine minutes.

“We had nine more sets than them in the first half and they were really fatigued. If we had kept the ball better at the start of the second half we’d have run away with the game because I don’t think that they were that mobile around the ruck.

“But when we started giving the ball away, and they started scoring, they got some momentum.

“Our left hand side didn’t look good defensively so we’ll be looking at the video and try to tighten it up a little bit.

“But we did a lot of good stuff with the ball and to win by 22 points and score 46 points and still be disappointed proves that we’ve come a long way.

“But we know that when we play Workington, Barrow and Oldham that if we are not a bit tighter defensively we could come unstuck.”

The Dons were disrupted by injuries to winger Dean Colton and loose-forward Grant Edwards.

Colton’s injury turned out to be less serious than at first thought, but there are concerns that Edwards, the club’s top tackler with 46 at Spotland, could miss the rest of the season.