Must do better: Dons boss Miller wants better attitude for Hunslet trip

Dons' Kyle Bibb can't find a way through against Sheffield. Picture: Andrew Roe
Dons' Kyle Bibb can't find a way through against Sheffield. Picture: Andrew Roe

TONY Miller has told his players to buck their ideas up after their Northern Rail Cup campaign was de-railed by Sheffield Eagles.

Doncaster travel to Hunslet Hawks today needing to beat the Championship side and rely on results elsewhere if they are to secure a semi-final berth.

Qualification is a long shot, although Miller has not given up all hope just yet.

However, the Dons’ head coach is more concerned about avoiding what he saw as a dip in his players’ attitudes during the build-up to Sunday’s disappointing 56-12 defeat to the Eagles.

Miller said: “I’ll pick the strongest team available for Hunslet - depending on the injury situation - and we’ll look to go there and give a good account of ourselves.

“A cup run would’ve been nice but the main focus for us has always been our league opener with Whitehaven.

“That’s no excuse for what happened on Sunday.

“I don’t think the attitude of the players was right against Sheffield.

“And I don’t think the attitude was right in training. I got the sense that we weren’t switched on during our session on Friday.

“It’s my job to find out why that was the case.

“The lads who came into the side had the opportunity to press their claim for a shirt, and I think a few of them didn’t do themselves any favours at all.

“There should be no complacency.

“I’ll be looking for a big improvement this weekend.”

Doncaster, who were missing experienced pair Mick Butterfield and Paul Cooke, simply could not contain Sheffield’s extra power and pace - and the visitors ran in ten tries in total.

Joe Hirst scored twice, while former Don Nev Morrison, Alex Szostak, Misi Taulapapa, Quentin Laula-Togagoe and Mitchell Stringer all went over to help the Eagles into an unassailable 40-0 half time lead.

The impressive Dominic Brambani touched down twice and Laula-Togagoe went over again as the second half started in a similar vein.

But credit to the Dons they kept on working hard and finished the game on top - registering consolation tries through Grant Edwards and Dean Colton, both converted by Lee Waterman.

Miller will check on the fitness of Butterfield, Cooke, Mark Castle, Craig Lawton and Carl Hughes before naming his side to face Hunslet this afernoon (3pm).