Paul Dickov made his intent clear from the first whistle as he bid to claim Yorkshire bragging rights with an attacking line-up for their crucial Championship derby with Leeds.
The hosts were keen to improve on their last meeting which saw Leeds run out 3-1 winners in the Capital One Cup in August.
Ties between the pair haven’t been in Doncaster’s favour, however, with Leeds clinching victory 12 times from 23 meetings compared to Doncaster’s four.
McCormack tried to run on to a loose ball in but Khumalo defended well in a half-chance for Leeds as most of the action took place in the middle of the park in this fiery contest.
Mowatt found himself with a yard of space down the right flank, however, the youngster came up against a well-positioned Stevens and took too many touches as the ball rolled aimlessly towards Turnbull.
A left-footed cross from Brown in the 16th minute led to a United deflection and the ball nearly nestling into the path of Macheda, but Kenny was alert and gathered the chance.
Furman was then deemed to have committed a foul which resulted in a Leeds with a free-kick from and a yellow card for the South African.
The game burst into action in the 19th minute when a Mowatt in-swinging set-piece saw SMITH connect beautifully at the far post to make it 1-0 to the visitors with his second of the season against Doncaster.
Rovers pressed to get back into the game with United having to defend a searching Woods cross well as the away side broke and fed McCormack. The Scottish forward got into a good position but his effort sailed over the bar.
A Zaliukas handball , saw Doncaster with a free-kick in a dangerous position down the left. Woods’ set-piece was eventually cleared for a Rovers corner as Dickov’s men looked for an equaliser.
Wellens collected the resulting corner and shifted the ball to his right foot but had his drilled shot cleared as Leeds soaked up a good spell of Rovers pressure after the half hour mark.
Mowatt tried his luck in the 38th minute but his placed effort lacked the power to evade the arms of Turnbull who collected comfortably.
Wellens picked out Robinson with a sublime ball which the striker controlled delightfully before shifting the ball on to his left foot and volleying over.
In front of a crowd of 12,192, Wellens made a glorious chance for himself to equalise as he cut inside onto his right foot and curled an effort into the far-post, however, his chance fired just inches wide of the target in the 51st minute.
The midfielder had another go on goal after good work from Quinn to whip in a ball from the right which was chested down by Robinson into the path of Wellens, but the former Leicester man drove his shot down the throat of Kenny in the 56th minute.
The first change of the game came in the shape of the Duffy as Furman made way.
That spurred Doncaster on as Robinson thought he had levelled the game when he slotted home in the 65th minute, however, the goal was pulled back for offside - much to the dismay of the home fans.
The hosts had the visitors on the ropes as Woods unleashed a powerful effort in the 68th minute which dragged just wide of Kenny’s left-hand post.
Duffy made a big impact for Dickov’s men as he looked confident on the ball and worked a yard of space to find an unmarked Quinn at the far-post. The right-back could not quite get the contact to trouble Kenny as Doncaster continued to press.
However, despite their endeavour, Rovers were punished on the counter as United doubled their advantage in the 76th minute.
The goal came courtesy of MCCORMACK who latched on to a ball from the left and delicately slipped the ball underneath Turnbull for 2-0 Leeds and everything for Rovers to do.
Coppinger entered the fray with eight minutes to spare as the lacklustre Macheda made way for the hosts and Dickov reverted back to a 4-4-2 formation.
A Quinn drilled delivery from the right was palmed away by Kenny and without a Rovers man on the end of the chance, United hurriedly cleared for a corner. However, again Doncaster could make their set-piece count.
And they were made to rue those efforts as AUSTIN rifled home Leeds’ third after good work from McCormack in the 87th minute which ultimately condemned Rovers to a tenth Championship defeat of the season.