Doncaster RLFC: Cooke to hold Dons inquest into loss

Doncaster RLFC coach Paul Cooke watches from the stand.  Picture: Malcolm Billingham
Doncaster RLFC coach Paul Cooke watches from the stand. Picture: Malcolm Billingham

Paul Cooke will hold an inquest into Sunday’s friendly defeat to North Wales Crusaders with his squad today - and is promising to get some answers.

Dons went down 20-16 at the Keepmoat Stadium in their final warm-up game before this weekend’s Championship opener at Workington Town.

The disappointing defeat capped a frustrating pre-season which has seen Cooke’s chargers also lose to Hull FC and also to the weather, following the postponement of a third friendly match at Dewsbury.

“We started really well and then within six minutes it was kick off, try, kick off, try,” said Cooke, on the Crusaders’ comeback.

“That is not acceptable.

“We will sit down on Tuesday and come up with some answers.

“We’ve gone from being really comfortable to losing at the break in just a six minute spell.

“As a group we are disappointed and so we should be, but we can take some positives from the way we started.

“I think we got a bit too giddy and started throwing passes we shouldn’t have been and we got punished for it.

“It was massively disappointing for us not to get a game last week against Dewsbury,” he added.

“It was supposed to be a trial run for us going up to Workington, but we need to move on quickly and get patched up and ready to go.”

Prop Brett Waller will have a scan this week for a leg injury sustained on Sunday.