Doncaster RLFC: Horne disappointed that Dons ‘ran out of gas’ at Bradford

Richard Horne
Richard Horne

Doncaster RLFC boss Richard Horne will reflect on Sunday’s 56-14 Betfred League One defeat against leaders Bradford Bulls at tonight’s training session.

“We ran out of gas in the closing stages and that was the most disappointing aspect of the game to me,” said Horne after seeing his charges concede five tries in the last 15 minutes.

“We lost prop forward Lewis Beinek (hamstring) in the first half and that affected our (planned) rotation.

“Having said that there was no excuse for some of the performances on the day and it is happening too many times now.

“We’ll be looking to bring people in as well as looking at other options. There will definitely be changes at Hemel on Sunday.

“We controlled the ball a lot better than we have been doing in the first half but we only had 14 sets whereas they had 17 or 18

“I thought that we were unlucky to be 22-8 down at half-time and their fourth try just before the whistle was a blow as was their fifth early in the second half. They were the killer tries.

“I don’t think that we were far off them in the first half and I thought we caused them some problems but they were just clinical whenever they had a chance.”

“We still felt we were in the game at half-time but we spoke about needing to shape up better and play a little bit in the second.

“But because we didn’t have a lot of the ball on what was a very hot day and, as I say, we lacked forward cover, we eventually ran out of steam after getting it back to 28-14 in the final quarter.

“They are a very clinical team and are full-time and have a bigger budget than we have and you could see that.”

Bradford head coach John Kear said after the game that he rates his half-back pairing the best in the division and Horne admitted he was impressed.

“Their halves, who were a lot better than ours on the day, controlled the game,” he said. “I thought Dane Chisholm was outstanding.”