Rugby League: Sheffield Eagles preyed upon by deadly Doncaster

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Doncaster took the bragging rights and three vital points with a 42-34 win over Sheffield Eagles in the South Yorkshire derby.

Inspired by player-coach Paul Cooke the Dons dominated the second half, scoring four tries to the Eagles’ one as they turned around a 28-12 deficit at Owlerton Stadium.

Eagles looked to have the game for the taking after Matt Garside took his try tally for the season to 10 with two tries just before the break after a Dons’ player was sin binned.

Coach Mark Aston didn’t hold back after the game saying: “Our attitude stinks and that’s what I’ve told the players. Concede 30 points to six and that’s down to one thing and one thing only attitude. There were so many people not at the races.”

The win keeps Doncaster in third place in the Championship with the Eagles slipping to sixth.

Cooke said at half-time he told his players not to panic because they had gone behind.

He added: “We had a ten-minute period where we lost a man, didn’t see any ball but in the second half we got an even share and you could see the players working hard for each other.”

Forward Tom Aston came into the Eagles squad for his debut. Winger Jason Crookes and hooker Chris Green made their debuts for Doncaster on dual registration loan from Hull FC.

Eagles went into an early lead with Duane Straugheir going over and Dominic Brambani adding the goal.

Dons came back with stand-off Matty Wildie sidestepping his way over and Stewart Sanderson kicking the first of seven goals.

A burst of three tries saw Quentin Laulu-Togagae, playing his 100th game for the Eagles, put in Brambani and Straugheir score his second either side of a score from Dons’ fullback Dave Scott.

Dons’ loose forward Mike Emmett was sin binned for obstructing a penalty and Eagles made the extra man pay with two tries from Matt Garside for a 28-12 lead at half-time.

Dons gradually took control after the restart with Cooke directing operations. Wildie started and finished a move for his second try.

Emmett went over from dummy half and with Sanderson’s goals Dons had cut the margin to four points.

They took the lead with a try from former Eagles back rower Grant Edwards and Cooke’s pass sent in Liam Kent.

USA international Lelauloto Tagaloa gave Eagles hope with his first touch after coming off the bench but there was no reprieve as Alex Starling ran on to a Cooke pass.

Eagles: Laulu-Togagae; Ford, Turner, Yere, Straugheir, Taulapapa; Walker, Brambani; Blagbrough, Henderson, Stringer, Garside, Aspinall, Green. Subs: Lillycrop, Scott, Burke, Ashton, Tagaloa.

Tries: Straugheir, 3, 27, Brambani, 20, Garside 34, 37, Tagaloa, 68.

Goals: Brambani 5/6.

Doncaster: Scott; Cookes, Arundel, Welham, Sanderson; Cooke, Wildie; Green, Kesik, Spiers, Kent, Starling, Emmett. Subs: Robinson, Castle, Waterman, Edwards.

Tries: Wildie, 10, 45, Scott, 23, Emmett 48, Edwards, 58, Kent, 61, Starling 73.

Goals: Sanderson 7/7.

Referee: Gareth Hewer.

Penalties: 3/3.

Attendance: 1018.