Build-up: Dons v North Wales Crusaders

Stewart Sanderson
Stewart Sanderson

Stewart Sanderson insists the Dons’ bubble was not burst by Halifax.

And to emphasise his point, Doncaster returned to winning ways - following their heavy defeat at The Shay - by easing to a Challenge Cup victory over Hemel Stags on Sunday.

“We knew it would be tough going into the Halifax game and we certainly hadn’t allowed ourselves to get carried away by the start we had made,” said Sanderson.

“Halifax performed really well on the day, whereas we didn’t play as well as we had been doing. Injuries didn’t help.

“I’m not looking to use that as an excuse, but to lose three players in the first half hour or so not only disrupted the team, it also had an adverse affect on our ability to make changes.

“But having said that, there were lessons to be learned from the game and we’ve taken them on board.

“Prior to that game our defence had been pretty good.

“We improved on that aspect of our game last year and I think we’ve taken it to a higher level this season.

“I’ve also been impressed by the quality of our attacking play considering the key players we’ve had missing,” he added.

“Fortunately we’ve got a good squad and other players have come in and done well.”

Dons host North Wales Crusaders this Sunday.

“They beat us in a warm-up but we dominated the first 30 minutes or so and had the chances to put the game beyond them,” said Sanderson.

“It’s certainly a game we’ll be looking to win, but it won’t be easy.

“They’ve made a steady start to the season and they’ve got some good players.

“We also know that with Clive Griffiths as their coach they’ll be well organised.”