Dons’ Bovill in the dock

Dons v Hull - Pre Season friendly - No way through for Dons Jamie Bovill.
Dons v Hull - Pre Season friendly - No way through for Dons Jamie Bovill.

JAMIE Bovill will be hauled in front of the RFL’s disciplinary committee next week on a charge of head-butting.

The 27-year-old prop was involved in an altercation with Rochdale Hornets’ Dave Newton just five minutes into the Dons’ 40-36 Northern Rail Cup win on Sunday.

Newton has also been charged with illegal use of the forearm.

The charges were made following a meeting of the RFL’s Match Review Panel on Thursday.

Bovill is expected to play in tomorrow’s Challenge Cup third round tie at home to Thatto Heath Crusaders (3pm).

The Dons crashed out of the competition at the same stage last season to Conference side Siddal - and will be hoping to avoid a repeat against the St Helens based amateurs.

Thatto Heath secretary Martin Eden, however, has warned Doncaster to be on their guard.

He said: “It’s an excellent opportunity for our players to play against professional players and all the lads are looking forward to it with enthusiasm and confidence.

“Our coaching team saw them against Rochdale last week and identified some opportunities and Siddal showed last season what can be achieved by teams at this level.

“As a top NCL club you’re always looking to pit yourself against clubs from the level above and the team has played very well this season.

“We beat Leigh East at home in the last round which was a very significant result.”