Halifax v Doncaster: Emmett hopes to build on bull-ish Bradford display

Action from Dons' defeat to Bradford. Photo by Lizzi Lathrop.
Action from Dons' defeat to Bradford. Photo by Lizzi Lathrop.

Like the rest of his team-mates, loose-forward Mike Emmett was encouraged by the Dons' performance against Bradford Bulls at the weekend.

“To play like we did against a side relegated from Super League last season, and which is pushing to get back there this season, was pleasing,” said Emmett.

“Obviously our defence let us down massively on the day and that's something we need to work on, but it was our best attacking performance of the season.

“We'd only averaged 12 points in our previous ten games, so to score 38 on Sunday was encouraging and showed that we'd put the week without a game to good use.

“I don't think we've had the same half-backs in any two games this season for one reason or another and that hasn't helped.

“But I thought the two lads who played there on Sunday did well and hopefully we can keep them together for a few more games.

“I thought that Jordan (Adull) gave us a lot of direction and Ben (Reynolds) is a similar player to the injured Richard Wilkinson in that he plays off the cuff at times which is what we need,

“Australian prop Matt Groat did well on his debut. He gave us something different and showed a lot of punch.

“Matt's only been here for just over a fortnight but he's fitted in well and it's like he's been here since the start of the season which would have been nice had he been.

He added: “Obviously it was another defeat but it was one we can take something out of.

“Certainly more so than the defeats at such as Workington and Whitehaven.

“They were games that we should be in with a chance of winning and that's why the defeats, and the manner of them, were so disappointing.

“In contrast to those games, and the one at Hunslet, I don't think anyone gave us a chance against Bradford but we seem to be able to raise our game when we play against the top sides.

“I also think that everyone went away after the previous game and took a good look at themselves and then reported back for training determined to turn things around.

“We've got another tough game at Halifax this weekend where we lost 48-6 last season - though we lost three players in the first minutes which disrupted us.

“But if we play like we did against Bradford in attack and tighten up our defence, I'm sure we'll be in with a chance.”