Dons get ready to show their chops

THE Dons have the chance to show their promotion credentials when they host Championship side Dewsbury Rams in the Northern Rail Cup on Sunday (3pm).

The West Yorkshire side finished in the bottom half of rugby league’s second tier last term and Doncaster know a victory in the tough test would put them in the driving seat for a place in the knockout stages while also showing their hand for the coming Championship One campaign.

Dewsbury beat Keighley 14-0 last weekend while the Dons produced a comfortable 32-4 win over visiting London Skolars to get their season off the mark.

Hooker Jack Ely pounced from close range twice in five minutes to put Doncaster in command.

Chris Spurr was on the end of a flowing move in the seventh minute to put the home side ahead before Dave Arnot levelled the scores with the Skolars’ first real foray forward.

But tries from Liam Crawley and Scott Spaven, converted by Spaven and Stewart Sanderson respectively, gave the Dons a 16-4 lead at half time.

Doncaster continued to dominate possession, and territory, after the restart and Ely made his mark by powering over the line on 52 and 56 minutes.

Kyle Kesik added a sixth try midway through the second period when he crossed from close range, with Sanderson adding his third conversion of the game to complete the scoring.