Doncaster RLFC: We’re watching every move, Cooke warns squad

Russ Spiers is banned for the Dons
Russ Spiers is banned for the Dons

There’s no place to hide.

That is the message Paul Cooke has sent out to his Dons players for this season.

Cooke has warned his players that mistakes, indiscretions and any lack of effort will be picked up in the video inquests he will hold with his team every Tuesday.

The Dons may have won their opening two games but Cooke says there is plenty of improvement still to be had.

“The players know we will all be able to see what they have done when we watch the video back,” Cooke told the Free Press.

“There’s a certain degree of pressure to perform in that.

“We want the lads to recognise that all the small contributions add up to the overall effort for the team. They have taken that on board.

“We didn’t start well in the first game against Workington and we got into the lads to improve on that against Keighley.

“They responded really well and we got the strong start we wanted.

“We’re pleased with the two results we’ve had but we’ve not necessarily played well in either game.

“There’s a lot of work to be done and the best is yet to come from this team.”

The Dons triumphed 30-12 against Keighley last weekend, making it two wins from two so far this season.

Cooke said: “I’m sure if you’d have offered any of us that when the fixtures came out, we would have taken it.

“A lot of changes have been made and we’re still working through some of them so it’s very pleasing to have beaten two teams that I’m sure will be around us come the end of the season.”

The Dons host Dewsbury on Sunday, a side who beat them three times last term.

Cooke said: “They’re a side that have had the hoodoo over us over the last few seasons.

“We’re not by any means thinking about revenge but it would certainly be nice to end that run.

“I’m a big admirer of the way Dewsbury play and I think it’ll be a tough, tough game this weekend.

“They finished just behind us last season and I’m sure they’ll be right there again.”

The Dons will be missing Russ Spiers who serves a one match ban while dual registration forward Jay Pitts will also miss out.