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Re: Dons v Featherstone 14/04/24 3pm : Sun Apr 14, 2024 2:48 pm  
HT Dons 4 Featherstone 16
Re: Dons v Featherstone 14/04/24 3pm : Sun Apr 14, 2024 3:24 pm  
Shambolic and no excuses. Well played Fev.
Re: Dons v Featherstone 14/04/24 3pm : Sun Apr 14, 2024 3:41 pm  
FT Dons 4 Featherstone 46
Re: Dons v Featherstone 14/04/24 3pm : Sun Apr 14, 2024 4:29 pm  
Left at 40-4 down cause they were a disgrace. Fev not that good but we made them look brilliant. Mind you Briscoe thinking he was still playing for them didn't help. Some players didn't look interested, some past their sell by date and some just not good enough at this level. Hall needs to strengthen or it's straight back down again.
Re: Dons v Featherstone 14/04/24 3pm : Sun Apr 14, 2024 5:17 pm  
If horne plays this performance down and doesn't read the riot act he should immediately leave, nothing positive came out that game and for the first time in a long time I'd question the commitment and effort put in, it was as bad as it gets. Better, younger players are required players who would genuinely bust a gut, how ferres continously gets a shirt is beyond me and sadly smeaton (who has been brilliant for this club) is starting to become a passenger and in this league you can't carry anyone, I'd love us to be ruthless and show some balls but we have too many yes men involved with the club and our coach is one of them. It's not a knee jerk over reaction it's the realisation that to watch that today cost £21 absolute shocking value! Looking forward to horne saying we've had a tough start and we will be working on things harder in training this week.
Re: Dons v Featherstone 14/04/24 3pm : Sun Apr 14, 2024 7:31 pm  
Came away very disappointed today.
Richard Horne & Ben Johnston told it how it was , they didn't pull any punches .
Re: Dons v Featherstone 14/04/24 3pm : Sun Apr 14, 2024 8:50 pm  
If the players we have are not good enough what will extra sessions on the training ground do? I'm not saying we don't have anyone championship standard but like i previously stated we are carrying a couple and it's so obvious.
Re: Dons v Featherstone 14/04/24 3pm : Sun Apr 14, 2024 9:59 pm  
We made too many mistakes, that’s for sure, but we lack size and pace when playing teams like Wakey and Fev.

A common theme is that we regularly get dumped on our backs when tackled, the opponents get quicker ruck speed due to winning the wrestle. This saps energy. We looked jaded in the second half and couldn’t keep up. Maybe last week’s game took its toll and was a contributory factor to our second half performance today?

We look clunky in attack – maybe because we use up so much energy when defending. There are insufficient dummy runners and we look predictable. Apart from Pauli Pauli, we don’t seem to have many threats when we’re near the opponent’s line.

The only positive from today’s game was Craig Hall’s performance.

I was particularly disappointed as I thought we might run Fev close.

Stepping back and looking at the bigger picture, having played Sheffield, York, Wakey and Fev, anything more than one win would have been a bonus. Okay, our bubble may have been burst as our limitations have been exposed but where we finish this season will depend on how we play against the bottom six teams, not the top six sides.

The big battles are the games against Barrow, Dewsbury, Swinton, Whitehaven, Batley and York. In our next six fixtures, we’re playing Barrow (A), Dewsbury (H), Batley (H) and Whitehaven (H). I would suggest we need to win three of these or a relegation scrap could be ominous.

What we know is that we’re not going to win the league, what we don’t know is where we rank against the teams that are likely to finish around us. The important stage of our season is just about to begin.

It’s too early to panic but I do have concerns. Our pack isn’t big enough, the second row is much weaker without Alex Sutcliffe and our backs have lacked a cutting edge.

Barrow beat Dewsbury 27-20 today. Those two teams seem quite evenly matched. York lost to Wakey by more than us. Batley won their first game of the season at Whitehaven 25-12 with Swinton losing 22-4 at home to Sheffield. Swinton lost by more than we did when we played Sheffield.

My gut instinct is that we’re not going to get relegated but we can’t afford to pile pressure on ourselves by not winning home games against our biggest rivals. Hopefully, after 10 games played we’ll have 8 points in the bank.
Re: Dons v Featherstone 14/04/24 3pm : Mon Apr 15, 2024 11:26 am  
Bad day at the office after three good displays.

Flat , lethargic and unwilling to work hard when the going got tough. Too many people comfortable in their position and need a response after that display.
Halves lacking creativity and forwards dominated .......... Yes, Fev will be up there come the end of the season ,however we have to be better than what we served up yesterday or its going to be a long season.

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