Dons brought back down to earth

THE Dons came down to earth with a bump with a 24-8 defeat to Rochdale.

Tony Miller’s teamsuffered their first defeat in disappointing fashion against a side they beat in the cup five weeks ago.

Injuries to several key players, and the suspension of influential forward Kyle Kesik did not help - nor did the sending off of big prop Jamie Bovill.

But Bovill could have no complaints about the red card for dangerously leading with his elbow.

It was just a lacklustre showing by the Dons which came as a surprise following the intensity they produced in their last home win over Workington.

They scored first with a fifth minute try from Chris Green but they could count themselves fortunate to be in front as the Hornets looked livelier.

Rochdale forged 16-4 ahead by the interval with tries from Andy Saywell (2) and Wayne McHugh and two conversions from Liam McGovern.

Doncaster contributed to their own downfall with some poor defending.

Dan Ekis’ try and McGovern’s conversion and drop goal put Hornets 23-4 ahead before Bovill was sent off.

Green grabbed another opportunist try late in the game but it was too late for the Dons as McGovern added another drop goal.