Slick Dons march to fourth win

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DONCASTER maintained their impressive start to their Championship One campaign with a 40-22 win against Gateshead at the International Stadium.

The Dons have won four of their opening five league games and team boss Tony Miller told The Star: “You’ve got to be pleased with that sort of start.”

Any worries that the team, boosted by the return of play-maker Paul Cooke, would suffer a hangover from last weekend’s heavy Challenge Cup defeat at e Bradford Bulls, were quickly dispelled as the South Yorkshire side raced into a 20-8 interval lead.

“We played some good rugby in the first half,” said Miller.

He was less impressed as Gateshead forced their way back into the game with a brace of tries in the first 10 minutes of the second half.

“We could have defended a bit better but we managed to pull clear again,” he said. It was the Dons second win at Gateshead this season but Miller said his side had to work harder than they had done in their 48-10 Northern Rail Cup pool game.

“They are a different side from when we played them earlier,” said Miller. “They’ve got quite a few different players.

“They have a big pack and some pace on the fringes and I don’t think it will be long before they get their first win.”