Doncaster hold off Rochdale fightback

Doncaster hold off Rochdale fightback

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Doncaster got their season off the ground after a 30-22 win over Rochdale Hornets at the Keepmoat Stadium.

Tries from Brandan Douglas, Jason Tali and Ollie Greensmith on debut had the Dons 18-0 up in the first half, before Shaun Ainscough replied for Rochdale right on half-time.

Sam Smeaton was able to edge Doncaster further ahead, before Rochdale came alive and got themselves right back into the game.

Tries from Zac Baker and Luke Fowden got the Hornets right back into the match, and trailing by just eight points.

But Greensmith went over for his second to take the wind out of Rochdale’ sails. They did pull another back through Jack Higginson, but they could not close the gap.

Doncaster: Misi Taulapapa, Ollie Greensmith, Sam Smeaton, Jason Tali, Sam Doherty, Matty Beharrell, Watson Boas, Ryan Boyle, Ross Whitmore, Brandon Douglas, Liam Johnson, Aaron Ollett, Brandan Wilkinson.

Subs: Ben Johnston, Anesu Mudoti, Ross Peltier, Aaron York.

Head Coach: Richard Horne.

Rochdale Hornets: Lewis Sheridan, Shaun Ainscough, Ben Calland, Jack Higginson, Sam Freeman, Ryan Forshaw, Rob Fairclough, Gavin Bennion, Callum Ogden, Adam Hesketh, Josh Jordan-Roberts, Jordan Syme, Zac Baker.

Subs: Sean Penkywicz, Joe Taira, Liam Whalley, Luke Fowden.

Head Coach: Matt Calland.

First Half

4 mins: TRY- Brandon Douglas (Doncaster) 4-0

5 mins: CONVERSION- Matty Beharrell (Doncaster) 6-0

10 mins: TRY- Jason Tali (Doncaster) 10-0

11 mins: CONVERSION- Matty Beharrell (Doncaster) 12-0

37 mins: TRY- Ollie Greensmith (Doncaster) 16-0

38 mins: CONVERSION- Matty Beharrell (Doncaster) 18-0

40 mins: TRY- Shaun Ainscough (Rochdale Hornets) 18-4

Second Half

48 mins: TRY- Sam Smeaton (Doncaster) 22-4

49 mins: CONVERSION- Matty Beharrell (Doncaster) 24-4

53 mins: TRY- Zac Baker (Rochdale Hornets) 24-8

54 mins: CONVERSION- Sam Freeman (Rochdale Hornets) 24-10

57 mins: TRY- Luke Fowden (Rochdale Hornets) 24-14

58 mins: CONVERSION- Sam Freeman (Rochdale Hornets) 24-16

60 mins: TRY- Ollie Greensmith (Doncaster) 28-16

61 mins: CONVERSION- Matty Beharrell (Doncaster) 30-16

71 mins: TRY- Jack Higginson (Rochdale Hornets) 30-20

72 mins: CONVERSION- Sam Freeman (Rochdale Hornets) 30-22

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Steven Hughes

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