Bradford Bulls v Doncaster RLFC: Jason Tali relishing trip to League One leaders

Jason Tali. Photo: Rob Terrace
Jason Tali. Photo: Rob Terrace

Doncaster RLFC centre Jason Tali certainly knows his way to the line having scored 58 tries since joining the League One club at the start of the 2016 campaign.

The Papua New Guinea international, who represented his country in the 2013 World Cup, was the club's top try-scorer in his debut season and joint-top with Kieran Cross last season.

He is currently heading the field this season with 14 tries to his tally.

“I don’t set myself a target but hopefully I can score a few more before the end of the season,” said Tali, who hasn’t scored in the last two games.

He would love to get back on track in Sunday’s testing game away to leaders Bradford Bulls.

“Bradford is a massive challenge for us. They came to Doncaster earlier in the season and put up their best performance up to that point while we produced our worst,” he recalled.

“They won easily on the day (32-6) and showed what a class team they are so we’ll have to play well to beat them.

“We’ll have to control the ball better than we have done in some games and also come up with the right tactics.

“I enjoy playing against the better teams in this division rather than the lower sides.

“They are more competitive and it is harder to score but it’s also more satisfying when you beat them, which hopefully we’ll do over the next three weeks.”

The Dons make the trip to Odsal on the back of a heavy defeat at Derwent Park.

“The win over Keighley the previous week gave us a confidence boost going into the game at Workington following successive defeats and we had hoped to pick up another win up there ahead of the Bradford game,” said Tali.

“Every game we play is aimed at to getting us to the next level and we are always looking to build momentum for the following week.”

The early season front-runners go into Sunday’s game down in seventh spot.

“We started the season well but it’s been a bit up and down since then – particularly at home,” said Tali, who is in the final year of his contract.

“Hopefully I’ll still be at Doncaster next year as I’m really happy here but it obviously depends on the club,” he said.