Doncaster RLFC: Mennell ‘likely to retire’ after knee injury setback

Paul Mennell goes down injured
Paul Mennell goes down injured
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Scrum-half Paul Mennell is likely to call it a day after being injured in Sunday’s Championship Shield 28-16 defeat against Featherstone Rovers, writes Steve Hossack.

The Dons were leading 10-6 midway through the first half when Mennell – taken to hospital with a serious kneecap injury - screamed out in pain.

“I think that will be it for Paul,” said head coach Gary Thornton, who tempted his out of retirement shortly after taking charge in mid-season.

“Paul’s a tough lad so when you hear him cry out like that then you know it’s serious.”

He added: “We obviously had to reshuffle the side and play some people out of position which didn’t help.”

Thornton’s men, who knew they needed to win and for Batley to lose to retain any hope of hanging on to their Championship status, were very much in the game at half time and trailed by just 12-10.

“I thought that we defended well played an expansive game in the first half and should have had more points on the board,” said Thornton.

The Dons boss was critical of the referee’s decision to allow Featherstone to a take a second tap penalty close to the line in the build-up to their third try on 54 minutes which made it 18-10.

n Sunday’s game against Batley Bulldogs will be held in tribute to club stalwart Ray Green, it was announced this week. Green first joined the club in 1989.