Doncaster RLFC: Warrington boss praises Dons’ Challenge Cup effort

Warrington coach Tony Smith
Warrington coach Tony Smith

Warrington boss Tony Smith sung the praises of the Dons after their 68-0 defeat in the Challenge Cup fifth round.

Smith went into the Doncaster dressing room to personally praise their efforts after seeing Paul Cooke’s men receive a rousing ovation from both sets of supporters at the final whistle.

“They could have thrown the towel in but they made us work for every point; I don’t think they gave us anything,” said the Australian who has steered the Wolves to three Challenge Cup wins during his time in charge.

“They worked really hard and you can see why they are riding high in the Championship.

“They’ve got a real spirit about them and they’ve got some talented players as well.

“I was delighted to have kept a clean sheet because they put us under pressure with some good off-loading (particularly) in the first half.”

“I thought we played well in patches against a very good side,” said Cooke. “We caused them a few problems in the first half in a 15 minute spell and I thought we’d scored.

“I was a bit disappointed with the second half after we’d spoken at half-time about doing some things that we wanted to do a lot better.

“But we shot ourselves in the foot at times and didn’t really get to the end of any sets in the second half so we got pretty much what we deserved.

“But I was really proud of the way they stuck in there and the way that they gave everything.

“I think that they were a little bit overwhelmed with how good Warrington were and it was certainly a learning curve.”