Barrow Raiders v Doncaster RLFC: We must learn lessons from Keighley defeat - Miller

Jack Miller. Photo: Rob Terrace
Jack Miller. Photo: Rob Terrace

For all that the Dons didn't play well in Sunday's opening League One Super 8s game against Keighley at the Keepmoat Stadium, in the final analysis the result came down to goal-kicks.

Whereas Keighley's Matty Beharrelll kicked six out of six Doncaster scrum-half Jack Miller could only manage two from five.

Miller himself was disappointed with his success rate on the day, though none of the three he missed were easy, because he sets himself high standards.

Few of the Doncaster supporters knew that Miller was such an accomplished kicker when he joined the club during the close season.

“I’ve always kicked goals and while Tom Carr was the regular kicker at the start of the season when he was injured I took over and have retained the job,” he said.

It is not only Miller’s kicking which has caught the eye in his first season at the club and he has made the position his own over the last three months despite some keen competition.

Like the rest of his team-mates Miller was disappointed to lose a game they had been expected to win and says the club have no one to blame but themselves.

“We had targeted our three home games because none of the away games are going to be easy,” he said.

“I thought we gave too much ball away and as a result we gave ourselves far too much work to do in the first half, and were always on the back foot.

“I still thought we could get back in the game at half time despite being 14 points down and we could have done had we been more patient when we had the ball.

“I also thought decisions went against us and my pass to Sam Doherty was spot on and had the try stood it could have proved a turning point.

“But fair play to Keighley, they played well on the day and looked a decent team.

“We’ve just got to pick ourselves up in training this week and look to bounce back at Barrow this weekend.”

The two clubs shared a 24-24 draw when they met at the town’s athletics stadium in June and Miller is hopeful the fifth-placed Dons can improve on that result this weekend if they are at their best.

“I don’t fear any team if we play well for the full 80 minutes but we’ve been leaving it too late before we start playing in some games.” he said.