Doncaster RLFC: First win is not far off - Paul Cooke

Paul Cooke
Paul Cooke

Dons boss Paul Cooke is convinced that the club’s first win of 2015 is within sight and entertains hopes it could come as early as tomorrow against Halifax at The Shay.

Cooke was impressed by the side’s attacking display against second-placed Bradford Bulls during which they ran in seven tries in a 56-38 defeat.

But he warned: “We need to be better than we were against Bradford defensively and continue to make strides, as we did last week, offensively.”

Tomorrow’s game marks the midway point of he Championship campaign and Cooke remains optimistic of the club’s prospects despite having lost all ten league games to date.

“I’m confident in the group of players and I’m confident in what’s going on behind the scenes,” he said.

Having conceded ten tries against the Bulls, Cooke has concentrated his efforts on shoring up the team’s defence this week – a task he says has been made easier by his recent decision to effectively hang up his boots.

“Since I’ve stopped playing I’ve been able to spend more time watching the players and more time working with them as individuals and have more time doing the general coaching rather than having to think about playing as well,” he said.

Although Cooke is unlikely to make many changes his hand could be forced with several players having picked up knocks last weekend. Cooke also admitted he could make tactical changes against a Halifax side which has won its last three home games.

“There might be one or two changes which we feel are necessary to give us the best chance of beating Halifax,” he said.