Doncaster thrash Oldham to boost playoff hopes

Doncaster beat playoff rivals Oldham 31-0 at the Keepmoat Stadium to boost their hopes of getting a spot.

It was a fast start for the Dons and they took the lead after just two minutes as Jordie Hedges got over the try line. Matty Beharrell converted to make it the perfect tart.

Halfback Watson Boas then got the Dons second try after just 17 minutes. Beharrell converted to make it a 12 point lead early on.

Oldham had calmed the storm, but they couldn’t stop their hosts scoring as Beharrell would add two more penalties before the break to make it 16-0.

Any hope of a comeback was severely dented as just seven minutes into the second half, Hedges grabbed his second try of the game. Beharrell kept up his 100 per cent record with the boot to put the Dons 22 points up.

The game did settle down largely in the second half, as Oldham tried desperately to find a way back, but they couldn’t get over the line.

The game was then well and truly put to bed as Dons scored two tries in five minutes through Sam Doherty and Jordan Howden. Surprisingly, both were unconverted.

However, Beharrell made up for those missed conversion by adding a drop goal late on to assert the Dons’ dominance.

That result means the Dons move a point behind Newcastle Thunder in the last playoff position. They travel to second placed Hunslet next Friday night.

As for Oldham, they will hope that wasn’t a damaging defeat. They welcome bottom side Keighley Cougars next Sunday.

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