Success comes out of left field for Dons

Tom Hodson and Lee Waterman have scored 30 tries between them so far this season to get the Dons off to a flying start. Picture: Andrew Roe.

Tom Hodson and Lee Waterman have scored 30 tries between them so far this season to get the Dons off to a flying start. Picture: Andrew Roe.

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TONY Miller piled the praise on his left sided players after they continued their remarkable scoring exploits against London Skolars.

Tom Hodson scored five tries and Lee Waterman three to take their combined total to 30 in nine games so far this season.

And Miller pointed to excellent link up play with Craig Robinson and the inspirational Paul Cooke as reasons for the prolific form.

He said: “I think the left hand side looks dangerous every time we’ve got the ball.

“The understanding between Lee and Tom (pictured right) is developing every week and they’re playing like they’ve played together for a long time.

“They’re both really dangerous with ball in hand in their own right and when you add to that how well they’re combining, it’s our main threat at the minute and that shows in the number of tries they’ve got.

“It helps having someone like Paul Cooke in the side.

“He played one pass which missed out three players to put Tom in to score and that was world class – I would have paid to come and see that executed.

“Craig Robinson’s a big part of what’s going on down that left side as well and it’s good to see.”

The Dons maintained their status as Championship One’s leading points scorers with the 58-16 win on Good Friday.

Alongside Hodson and Waterman’s efforts, Kieran Hyde, Kyle Bibb and Grant Edwards also scored with Cooke landing seven conversions.

Although Miller believes the Skolars will be pushing for the top four this season, he is refusing to get carried away with his side’s wide margin of victory.

He said: “I thought it was one of the best performances for a long time, the lads did everything I asked from them.

“Skolars will take some beating at their place and I doubt we’ll have as much luck when we go down there.

“Their pitch is very narrow, they’re not used to defending such a wide surface and we took advantage of that.

“I wouldn’t read too much into the win although there were some very pleasing things about it.

“Our completion in the second half was better than the first and that’s something we’ve been working on.

“I think we completed 17 out of 20 sets and if you’re going to do that then you’ll take some beating.”

Miller faces injury concerns for Sunday’s trip to Bradford after Liam Cunningham was taken to hospital with a suspected broken foot during the clash with the Skolars.

Mike Emmett and Craig Lawton were also withdrawn from the game with respective knee injuries.