Tony Miller has outlined his pride at Doncaster’s brave defeat at Widnes Vikings and urged his team to take their cup spirit into the league.
Doncaster walked off the pitch at the Stobart Stadium on Friday night with their heads held high after going close to a famous Tetley’s Challenge Cup fourth round win.
Their spirited efforts in a 42-28 defeat against the Super League side earned them a sustained ovation from both sets of supporters at the end of an entertaining encounter.
“It was our best performance of the season and I thought the score flattered Widnes,” said head coach Miller.
“I thought the players were a credit to themselves and the club.
“There were times when it looked as though they were getting a roll-on, but we dug in and hit back and that showed we’ve got a lot of character in the team.
“We aren’t in a great position in the league but our form hasn’t been bad and we’ve had a tough start playing all the top teams.”
“Widnes have been good at home this season and they’ve got a lot of quality, but I thought we matched them for long periods of the game,” he added.
“Mike Emmett was brilliant and Brett Waller looked the best prop on the pitch.
“There were good performances all over the park and hopefully we can build on that display back in the league at Whitehaven this weekend.”
Emmett will miss the trip to Cumbria on Sunday after picking up a one-match ban.
He has been charged with intentionally standing on an opponent against Featherstone.