Doncaster RLFC: Dons hit by injury pile-up

Lee Waterman
Lee Waterman

Doncaster could be without four key men for their Championship play-off at Leigh.

Record try-scorer Lee Waterman and second-rower Steve Snitch both picked up knee injuries in the Dons’ disappointing 34-10 defeat to Batley Bulldogs, while second-rower Mike Kelly also aggravated a troublesome foot injury.

All three players came off injured in the second half of Sunday’s disappointing reverse.

Although the club will probably not know the full extent of the injury to Waterman’s knee until a scan, there are fears that he could need surgery.

“They will all miss the trip to Leigh and will probably miss the rest of the season,” said player-coach Paul Cooke yesterday.

Centre Shaun Leaf, who has impressed since forcing his way back into the side in recent weeks, will also have to pass a stipulated medical test this week in order to be considered for the trip to Leigh after suffering concussion in the opening ten minutes.

“It’s not an ideal situation to be in facing a trip to Leigh, but we’ll deal with it,” said Cooke.

Meanwhile, Batley coach John Kear has admitted ‘inside information’ helped him plot the Dons’ downfall. Kear was the Hull FC coach when the Black and Whites lifted the Challenge Cup in 2005 – a team which included Cooke.

Kear said: “I know Paul very well and know what he can do if you let him and we worked really hard in training on our right edge defence and we managed to stop him dominating as he did against Halifax.”