Miller demands more of the same for play off tie

Dons' players celebrate Stewart Sanderson's second try against Whitehaven last weekend. Picture: Andrew Roe
Dons' players celebrate Stewart Sanderson's second try against Whitehaven last weekend. Picture: Andrew Roe

THE Dons are aiming to take the sting out of Rochdale Hornets today and move one step closer the Co-operative Championship One play-off final.

But boss Tony Miller insists the club can toast a successful season - whatever the outcome at Spotland.

Doncaster dispatched a talented Whitehaven team with aplomb at the Keepmoat Stadium last weekend - running out comfortable 34-16 winners - to get their play-off campaign off to the perfect start.

And Miller says his team should go into this Sunday’s knockout clash brimming with confidence.

Miller said: “There’s not a lot between the top seven sides in this division and when we perform like we did against Whitehaven we’re capable of beating anyone at this level.

“We’ve already won twice at Rochdale this season but that counts for nothing now.

“We’ve got to go there and be strong defensively and be smart with the ball.

“I was proud of the players on Sunday and I thought it was a fitting finale, with it being the last home game of the season.

“We’ve got to approach this weekend with just the same mentality.

“We’ve been a bit up and down at times this year and I think that’s down to experience, we’ve got a few young guys in the team.

“But it has been a successful season, regardless of what happens at Rochdale.”

Wingers Stewart Sanderson and Gareth Potts both scored twice and Scott Spaven kicked five goals as Miller’s men produced a ruthless performance to eliminate a strong Haven outfit.

Tries from Mick Butterfield and man of the match Grant Edwards also put the gloss on a determined display.

Miller said: “We looked good defensively, we were good with the ball and there were some outstanding individual performances.

“It’s got to be up there with our best performances of the season and I’m delighted to be in the next round of the play-offs.”

The winners of Sunday’s game will go on to play the losers of the tie between Keighley and Workington in the play-off semi-finals.