No bad blood between Dons and London Skolars

Dons' Scott Spaven kicks a conversion. Picture: Andrew Roe
Dons' Scott Spaven kicks a conversion. Picture: Andrew Roe
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TONY Miller insists there is no bad blood between the Dons and Sunday’s opponents London Skolars ahead of their return fixture following a mass touchline brawl earlier in the season.

London coach and former Don Joe Mbu was given a six-month touchline ban for running in and punching, while Skolars assistant boss Oliver Bloom got the same punishment for his part in the skirmishes.

Doncaster prop Kyle Kesik was also banned for one game and the Dons were fined £1,000 following an investigation into the fight which came at the end of a 42-22 win for Miller’s men in March.

But the Dons’ head coach, whose side returned to action with a 22-6 win at Gateshead Thunder at the weekend, does not expect any further repercussions when the sides meet again on Sunday (3pm).

Miller said: “It’s water under the bridge - and I certainly don’t hold any grudges.

“We played well down there and unfortunately the game has been remembered for the wrong reasons.

“I think their coaching staff have learnt their lesson.

“It’ll be a tough test because London have a had of couple of excellent wins against Keighley and Rochdale in recent weeks.”

Doncaster did not have it all their own way against Gateshead - the whipping boys of Championship One - on Sunday.

Scott Spaven converted his own try after six minutes to give the Dons an early 6-0 lead but Danny Wilson’s score on 12 minutes kept the home side in the game.

Ryan Clarke then kicked a penalty in the last minute of the first half to send the two teams in level at 6-6 as Doncaster struggled for any sort of fluency.

Chris Spurr’s 49th minute edged the Dons ahead but it was not until 20 minutes later when Mike Coady went over to give the visitors some breathing space and Spaven converted.

In the final minute Nev Morrison added a fourth try for good measure – again converted by Spaven – to earn Doncaster a third straight victory.

Miller said: “Defensively we were solid but we were poor with the ball.

“There were too many individual errors when we were in possession and we need to be a lot sharper on Sunday.”