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Doncaster RLFC gearing up for vital trip to Hunslet

Richard Horne
Richard Horne

Doncaster RLFC head coach Richard Horne will continue preparations for Sunday’s key Betfred League One promotion four-pointer at Hunslet at tonight’s training session.

The Dons started looking ahead to the Hunslet clash while preparing for last weekend’s game against bottom club West Wales Raiders at Featherstone’s LD Nutrition Stadium.

Horne had been looking to his players to build on the spirited display in defeat at York as well as improving the club’s points difference and was happy on both accounts.

“We know it was only West Wales, who worked hard but who are probably lacking in quality and experience at the moment, but it was still a pleasing performance,” said Horne, who took the opportunity to give several recently injured players some game time.

“We didn’t try and force the pass and once we got to grips with how we needed to apply ourselves we did it well.

“We’ve had a tendency to try and overplay at times this season but we didn’t do that on Sunday. We stuck to the game-plan and we posted over 100 points as a result.”

Almost as equally important as the result, given the club’s tough run-in, was that fact that the players came through unscathed.

“Matty Beharrell took a little bit of a knock in the first half and we didn’t want to risk him but he’s fine,” said Horne.

Hull FC’s Liam Harris, who set two new club records, started the game at full-back but moved to scrum-half in the second half in place of Beharrell.

“Liam came back here (on dual reg) and applied himself as I would expect because he’s a professional kid,” said Horne, who lost the services of his play-maker when the Super League club snapped him up earlier in the season.

“Liam just likes to play and be on the field and if he isn’t wanted by Hull (any particular weekend) then he’s more than happy to come back to Doncaster.”