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Dons v Thornhill Sunday 30th January 3pm Fri Jan 28, 2022 11:51 am  
Dons v Thornhill Sunday 30th January 3pm
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I felt quite sad sitting at the Cas game last Sunday seeing a crowd of about 1500 with perhaps only 300 to 400 maximum from Donny. The Cas fans travelled in numbers to see their team play a side two divisions below them.

Are the people of Donny out of love with rugby because we've been stuck in this league for too long with the Five Year Plan to get to Super League not achieved, or is there never going to be a decent fanbase in the town?

I hope it's a chicken and egg situation and that if we do become successful the people of Donny will get behind the club.

I sincerely hope the Dons fans outnumber the Thornhill fans by a considerable margin this weekend or else Sunday will be another sad day.

I imagine that on the field, providing we play like we did in the second half last Sunday, we shouldn't be victims of a cup upset. We have creative players aplenty and that should be good enough to see us home.

My general concern is similar to those I've had for the last four or five years, we don't seem to have enough size in the front row to really overpower teams.There seems to be a lot of responsibilty on Zac this season. He had a really good game last week but he won't be able to do everything on his own.

I hope the prop Jordan Seaman from Bentley gets another chance as he worked hard and ran enthusiastically.

Who's going on Sunday?

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Think he will be cup tied .
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Yep, he will be cup tied. I'd forgotten about that. The squad has been announced:

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Initial reaction to the game.
Officials. Thought the ref had a reasonable game but the touch judges/assistant refs, were below par.
Thornhill. Had some spells of good rugby and probably deserved a try, however their good spells were too few and far between and they allowed their frustration to too towards the fore in the dieing minutes.
The Don's. Some silly mistakes which need to be cut out. Good bits in part but not often enough. It felt to me we were trying to score or make the expansive pass that's not always on. Zac has taken the mantle of enforcer but he needs to keep on the right side of the rules/referees.
Overall hopeful for the regular season ahead, but then we always are before a league games been played!

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Thought I'd give the Dons a go today as they have some new players on view. I'm sorry to say it's going to be another season without promotion as I thought it was a poor performance today even though Thornhill put in a spirited showing. Struggled to break down the Thornhill defence and once again apart from Zac Braham, lacked the power and brute force in the front row. Until this is addressed the Dons will continue to struggle. Very disappointing and unless there's an improvement I won't be bothering again. By the way what's happened to those two possible big signings Carl Hall mentioned in his last address to fans. Not to mention the lack of information on Jordie Hedges and Watson Boas. Communication still as poor as always.
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I was disappointed with our style of play yesterday , Thornhill were very one dimensional and I feel if we had moved the ball around more to the edges we would have had more success.
I feel we need more size in the front row , I thought Fella and Ruan went well but could be dominated by more experienced forwards when the season gets in full swing.

Silly errors need to be cut out ,errors which will cost us against better sides but it is still early days.

Credit to Thornhill they came and had a go but never really moved away from five drives and a kick rugby.

I saw Watson at the game but I think he only arrived back to the UK this week so in reality was never going to feature.

Overall a wins a win but we must do better.
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Yesterday was played very much like a preseason friendly, we looked very rusty with the ball, however we defended well against a team that ran it in well most of the game. We scrambled on our own try line excellently on a few occasion stopping certain tries. Braham and Fella both looked good to me, but we desperately need other props.
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I agree with what others have written including Tatty's comments about poor communications.

I firmly believe that over the years we have not managed to get promoted from this league because our forwards haven't been dominant enough. We can overcome the lesser sides because our backs are creative and skillful; when it comes to the better teams in the league we are vulnerable.

Unless we get a couple more props in to address that issue, I fear we could well remain vulnerable again.
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The draw for the next two rounds in on BBC at 6pm tonight:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/live/rugby-league/60026889
The draw for the next two rounds in on BBC at 6pm tonight:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/live/rugby-league/60026889

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