Workington Town v Doncaster preview

After an opening round defeat to Batley Bulldogs, Workington Town were looking to avenge the loss with a victory over Dewsbury Rams.

Unfortunately for ‘Town, their round two game was cancelled due to a waterlogged pitch at the Zebra Claims Stadium, and coach Phil Veivers was left rather frustrated.

“We’d come off a poor result against Batley and the whole idea was to get back on the horse on Sunday,” said the former Salford boss.

“Now we haven’t had that game we’ve had two weeks to dwell on that poor performance.”

With the Doncaster game a few days away, Veivers had good things to say about Workington’s upcoming opposition and their coach: “I watched Doncaster’s games against London Broncos and Featherstone. They’re a quality side and Cookie (Paul Cooke) knows what he’s doing.” 

Dan Rooney seems likely to undergo a shoulder operation while prop forward Liam McAvoy is a doubt with a niggling back injury.

Doncaster will be travelling up to Cumbria looking for their first win of the 2015 campaign, and nobody wants it more than coach Paul Cooke.

“We just need to get over the line and if we continue with the same sort of commitment that we started and finished the game against Featherstone with, we won’t be too far away.” he said.

The Doncaster player-coach knows about the challenge his team faces when they arrive at the Zebra Claims Stadium.

Cooke said: “We are under no illusion how tough it will be at Workington. Phil and his team prepare really well; he’s building a really good side up there” 

Hooker Kyle Kesik could be available for selection this week.

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