Doncaster Dons double over Oldham

Debut: Lucas Walshaw
Debut: Lucas Walshaw

IT proved to be a case of third time lucky for Doncaster as they romped to a 46-22 Championship One victory over Oldham at the Whitebank Stadium.

Beaten on their two previous visits to Oldham’s new ground, rated one of the worst in the game by head coach Tony Miller, the Dons were always in the driving seat as they completed a double over the Lancashire side who sacked manager Tony Benson in midweek.

“I asked for a response after the defeat at Whitehaven and I got it,” Miller told The Star. “The result was never in doubt and we dominated for the majority of the game.

“I was pleased with our defence; we were a bit more intense than we had been at Whitehaven. Our line speed was good and we dominated that part of the game.

“I always know that we are going to score tries; we just needed to tighten up defensively to be sure of victory.

“The pack laid the foundations with a good go-forward and the backs capitalised.

“Scrum-half Craig Fawcett scored two good tries as did full-back Lee Waterman, one of which was a length-of-the-field effort.”

The game marked the debut of Wakefield Trinity Wildcats’ prospect, Lucas Walshaw, who has joined the club on a dual-registration for the rest of the season.

“He played at centre and he’s a quality player; you can tell that he’s got a big future in the game,” said Miller.