Doncaster 40 South Wales Scorpions 10

Dons' Scott Spaven scores a try against South Wales. Picture: Andrew Roe
Dons' Scott Spaven scores a try against South Wales. Picture: Andrew Roe

DEAN Colton and Scott Spaven both scored twice as the Dons got their Co-operative Championship One season off to a winning start.

Winger Colton claimed the opening try of the game - the first of four Dons scores in a 12-minute blitz - when he latched onto Mick Butterfield’s pass.

The impressive Spaven, who also kicked six conversions, then grounded the ball between the posts before breaking clear down the left for a superb individual try midway through the first half.

Ryan Steen’s converted try gave the Dons a commanding 24-0 lead and a limited Scorpions outfit appeared to be on their way to a big defeat.

But the visitors rallied and got on the scoresheet three minutes before the break when Steve Parry reached for the line and touched down with their first real foray into the Dons’ 22.

After the break Doncaster failed to replicate the same sort of intensity that saw them surge into the lead.

But they added three more tries to make sure they started their league campaign on a winning note.

Mick Butterfield crossed in the corner, debutant Chris Green added his name to the try sheet before Colton’s impressive diagonal run sealed a comfortable victory.

The only blemish came when Jack Ely’s pass was intercepted and Robin Lock ran the length of the Keepmoat Stadium pitch to score the Scorpions’ second try on the hour mark.

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