Cooke takes positives from improved Dons’ late defeat

Doncaster RLFC v Batley: Photo: Dean Atkins
Doncaster RLFC v Batley: Photo: Dean Atkins

Player-coach Paul Cooke was bitterly disappointed as the Dons slumped to a sixth successive Championship defeat.

But the veteran stand-off took some consolation from the fact the Dons pushed visiting Batley Bulldogs all the way.

“It was a much improved performance and we went very close but they pipped us on the post,” said Cooke after seeing Batley overturn a 14-6 deficit to claim a 16-14 win with two late tries.

“Batley’s second half performance mirrored ours in the first. I’m proud of the players’ efforts but ultimately we finished with no points again.

“It’s disappointing but I’m a bit more optimistic than I was seven days ago and 14 days ago. We are getting close (to a win) and we’ve just got to keep on believing.

“We couldn’t get any worse than the second half of last week’s performance (at North Wales Crusaders).”

Cooke, whose hand was also forced by a couple of injuries, rung the changes and was generally happy with the outcome.

One man to impress on his home debut was Jansin Turget who has joined the club on a month’s loan from Hull FC.

“Jansin was good and I don’t think there were any arguments from the players within the group on that,” said Cooke.

“He made a massive contribution and I also thought that Bobby (Tyson-Wilson) was great in the middle.”