Doncaster RLFC v North Wales Crusaders: Team news and build-up to Dons’ latest League One clash

Hakim Miloudi. Photo: Rob Terrace
Hakim Miloudi. Photo: Rob Terrace

Doncaster RLFC skipper Ryan Boyle is set to return to the side after missing the last three games in tomorrow’s Betfred League One clash against visiting North Wales Crusaders (3pm).

The prop, who has had a hamstring problem, had been set to return last weekend but it was decided to give him another week.

“It’s a big boost having him back because not only does he add experience and leadership to the side but he’s also very vocal,” said Dons No 2 Pete Green.

Also returning to the Dons squad is Hull FC’s dual-registered full-back Hakim Miloudi. Richard Owen will switch to the wing. Kieran Cross will switch to half-back.

“Kieran’s been brilliant for us at hooker this year but I think he could cause even more problems for teams at half-back,” said Green.

“He’s quick off the mark, got an eye for a gap and he’s not afraid to take the line on and take the tackle before making a pass.”

Stand-off Jordan Howden is still sidelined though he could be back in contention as soon as next weekend.

The specialist who operated on his hip last year has ruled out a recurrence and diagnosed the problem as scar tissue from the surgery which could take up to six months to clear up.

“It’s a big relief to everybody at the club, not least Jordan, because we were all fearing the worst,” said Green. “Jordan’s still in pain but there won’t be a problem for him getting through games with the help of the medical staff.”

Looking ahead to tomorrow’s game against a side who have caused the Dons problems at times in the past, Green said: “They’ve recently changed their coach and brought in Anthony Murray, someone who been successful at the club in the past, and I’m sure the players will be looking to impress him.”

“They had a big win last weekend in his first game in charge and they are a big strong physical side who are pretty direct.

“So we are going to have to front up from the start because they are the sort of team who, if they get a sniff, will put up a hell of a fight.

“We’ve got to tidy our game up in certain areas and stop giving penalties away late in the tackle count and also make sure we are clinical in attack. If we do that then I’m confident we have the players to put them to bed.

“But we’ve certainly got to treat them with respect and not let our standards drop.

“I don’t think that will happen because there is a lot of competition for places so the players know that they’ve got to play well to keep their place in the side.”