Kesik eyes derby day fillip for struggling Dons

Kyle Kesik
Kyle Kesik

Dons skipper Kyle Kesik will line up against his former club again in tomorrow's Championship clash against Sheffield Eagles at the Keepmoat Stadium.

Having seen the club lose all 12 league and cup games this season, the hooker is hoping that 13 turns out to be a lucky number for once.

But Kesik readily admits that the Dons will have to play much better than they did in Sunday's defeat at Halifax, where their first half performance in particular left much to be desired, if they are to entertain any realistic hopes of breaking their duck.

“Everything had clicked in attack against Bradford Bulls the previous week and we'd scored seven tries,” he said.

“We'd worked hard on our defence in training in midweek, because that is what cost us the game, so to concede eight tries was disappointing.

“As I say, we'd worked hard on our defence but you wouldn't have thought so watching the game at The Shay.

“Admittedly, we had to make five changes but you can't use it as an excuse because it was 13 against 13 and we should have done better.

“We should be doing better than going 22-0 down after just 25 minutes and we know it's not acceptable.

“We'd talked about trying to get off to a good start, though it's something we've not done particularly well this season, and to concede three early tries gave them a head start.

“We got a kick up the backside at half time and we deserved it after how we had played.

“We played better in the second half and could have added a couple more tries to the one we scored. But at the end of the day you can't start like we did and expect to win.”

Eagles will fancy their chances of completing the double over their 'landlords' but Kesik argues that the Dons can take some comfort from last month's encounter which they lost 26-4.

“It was a closer game than the final scoreline would suggest,” he claimed.

“I thought we gave them a tougher game than a lot of people expected would be the case, but in the end we just came up short.

“We've played better against the better teams at the Keepmoat this season and hopefully that will be the case tomorrow night.

“We know where we can hurt them but it's all about whether we can do it out there on the night. If we play like we did against Halifax then it's not going to happen.”