Doncaster RLFC v Dewsbury Rams: Nicklas back in the groove after long lay-off

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Doncaster half-back Danny Nicklas couldn’t have made a more timely return to action following a 12-month injury lay-off.

The 23-year-old, who has battled his way back to fitness following a knee reconstruction operation, returned to action last week against Sheffield Eagles.

Nicklas played scrum half on Easter Monday in the 41-16 defeat at second-bottom Whitehaven where he partnered player-coach Paul Cooke, with whom he had formed a useful combination prior to being injured in the game at Halifax last March.

It was the second such injury sustained by Nicklas and he is hoping for better luck as he looks to rebuild his career.

He had been hoping to help the Dons climb off the foot of the table at the Recreation Ground following a couple of improved performances but his close-range try was all the Dons had to show for their first half efforts as they trailed 24-6 at the break. Despite a mini-revival midway through the second half the Dons slumped to an eighth straight league defeat.

“We had been hoping to pick up our first win and kick-start our season,” said Nicklas, keen to help repay Cooke’s decision to hand him a new contract when still in rehab.

“We know that results haven’t been what we had hoped for after finishing fourth last season, but we haven’t suddenly become a bad side. We just need that first win.”

Nicklas admits that the elusive first win won’t be easy to come by in the next two games which sees Dewsbury and relegated Bradford visit the Keepmoat.

“We’ve not done well against Dewsbury recently but hopefully we can put the record straight,” he said.