Injury blow ‘four’ Dons before visit of Batley

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Dons coach Tony Miller is counting the cost of last weekend’s defeat at Hunslet Hawks - with FOUR players struggling with injury.

Mark Castle, Matt Carbutt, Kyle Kesik and Carl Hughes are now all doubts for Sunday’s game against Batley Bulldogs at the Keepmoat.

News of the club’s mounting injury crisis is a further blow for Miller, who watched his side throw away a 16-0 lead at Hunslet, eventually losing 42-22.

“We suffered a few injuries early on, which affected our flow, and Hunslet are a good team who just overpowered us in the end,” Miller said.

“We haven’t had any injuries for a while, and now, all of a sudden, we have four at once.

“But we have to get on with it.”

Miller added: “Hunslet deserved their win, and I have no complaints with the result, but I don’t think that the scoreline reflected the performance we put in there.

“But we didn’t keep our discipline, and that’s something we’ll work on before we face Batley.”

Miller admits that Doncaster are still adjusting to life in the Championship, after their promotion last term.

“This league is a lot tougher than the one we are used to,” the Dons coach said.

“And so from that point of view, we’re definitely still adapting.

“We need to start playing for 80 minutes, and I am confident that we will start doing that soon.

“We won’t get disheartened by last week’s defeat - we did a lot of good things in that game and there’s a lot of things to be positive about.”

For that reason, Miller is looking forward to Sunday’s clash with Batley.

“It should be an attractive game,” he said.

“They like to play fast rugby, and we’ll be going out there to win.

“Batley are another good team, but it’s a winnable game and we never go on to the field looking for anything else but a win.”