Dons 26 Hunslet Hawks 12

Dons v Hunslet Hawks. Kyle Bibb pictured. Picture: Marie Caley D3220MC
Dons v Hunslet Hawks. Kyle Bibb pictured. Picture: Marie Caley D3220MC
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DONCASTER warmed up for next weekend's South Yorkshire Cup clash with Sheffield Eagles with a no-nonsense friendly win at home to Championship side Hunslet.

This was the Dons' first pre-season run out, and Hunslet's third.

But you would have been hard pressed to tell that, or the fact Doncaster play in a league below the Hawks, on this showing at the Keepmoat Stadium.

Tony Miller's men were sharper, better organised and more efficient than their Leeds rivals.

They took the lead on nine minutes when the ball was played wide for winger Dean Colton to cross the whitewash, before tries from new signings Tom Hodson and Jamie Crowther gave the hosts a 16-0 lead midway through the first half.

Dennis Tuffour went over as the Hawks recovered from a sloppy opening to the game.

But Doncaster remained in control and second half tries from Mick Butterfield and Grant Edwards put more points on the board, a tally which included three conversions from Lee Waterman. Dan Ratcliffe touched down with a late consolation for the Hawks and Luke Helliwell kicked the extras but it did not take the gloss off a very impressive start to the new campaign for Doncaster.

Miller's men host Sheffield at the Keepmoat next Sunday.