Batley Bulldogs v Doncaster RLFC: Green calls for more determination

Peter Green
Peter Green

If Doncaster Rugby League Club had hoped a change of coaching staff would bring about a change of fortunes, they will have been disappointed that Gary Thornton and Peter Green have so far failed to stem the tide.

The Dons have lost all four game since the two men replaced Paul Cooke and Chris Spurr and have conceded over 200 points in the process.

Yet it is not down to a lack of effort on their part.

And the two men are as disappointed as anyone connected with the club that results haven’t been better.

Their arrival coincided with a tough sequence of games but there had been genuine optimism that Sunday’s home game against Whitehaven would bring the first win of the season and act as a launch pad for a survival bid.

“We were geared up for a big performance and I think we let ourselves down and it makes this weekend’s game against Batley even bigger now,” said assistant coach Green.

“There are no easy games in this league and even though they are second-bottom it is never easy at Batley.

“They need the points almost as badly as we do and just as we are targeting a win they’ll be thinking likewise.

“We’ve certainly got to play a lot better.

“It seems once we go a couple of tries behind that we struggle to get back into games. We’ve got to remain strong whether we go two tries in front or go two tries behind. We’ve got to play with the same composure and attitude.

“It’s hard to put your finger on why a side which finished fourth last season hasn’t won a game this year.

“Certainly when I was at Sheffield, Doncaster were always a competitive side and teams dreaded coming to the Keepmoat because, win or lose, they knew it was going to be a physical battle.

“We’ve got to try to get back to those days.

“I think mentally a lot of the lads look drained and are not playing with the enthusiasm that they used to. I think sometimes it is almost accepted that they are going to lose and they haven’t got that determination they’ve had in the past when they scrapped for everything. I don’t think we are making teams work hard enough but Gary and I are looking to change that.

“Gary is a good coach. He has a lot of respect for the players and they have a lot of respect for him. It’s a tough task but I think he is a strong enough character to be able to turn things around.”