Doncaster 48

Keighley Cougars 12

KEIGHLEY Cougars' final travels of the season brought with it an eighth defeat in 11 away games as Doncaster emerged victors in this Betfred League One clash, mainly through the brilliance of Rangi Chase.

And the former England international’s performance caught the eye of Rhys Lovegrove, but the Cougars head coach was left disappointed with his side’s overall performance.

“It was disappointing because once again everything we had spoken about during the week, Doncaster did and we didn’t,” admitted Lovegrove.

“Rangi has that X-Factor about him and some of our lads will have never played against a player of that calibre and it showed with the way we allowed him to run the game.

“The way we play is expansive, so it requires a higher degree of skill and concentration and the boys simply aren’t maintaining that level.

“The system I play works and I won’t change the system, so the players need to get use to this system quickly or I’ll go out and sign the players who do know the system.”

The home side opened the scoring when Tom Halliday touched down in the corner but only after superb individual work from Chase to unlock the Keighley defence and weave his way through to create the opportunity.

Chase also proved the provider for the Dons' second, his quick ball from dummy half being collected and forced home between the sticks by the onrushing Brad Foster.

Keighley were on the back foot and shot themselves in that foot from the restart, conceding a penalty that allowed Doncaster to gain 60 metres and send Jason Tali through a bus-sized gap to touch down with considerable ease.

Halliday thought he had his second courtesy of superb link-up play between Chase and former Cougar Matty Beharrell, but the referee ruled the effort out for a forward pass in the build-up.

The game was quickly turning into the Rangi Chase show and the former Super League Man of Steel produced an outrageous moment of magic to extend his side's lead further.

After picking up a loose ball, Chase provided a sensational no-look offload around his back to the supporting Halliday who then raced 70 metres to the corner to this time seal his brace.

The Cougars got off to a nightmare start to the second half, spilling the ball 10 metres out from their own line, allowing Connor Bower to send the ball to Watson Boas who dived over from close range.

The healthy travelling support from Keighley were finally given something to shout about, a big hit from Kieran Moran forcing a knock on from Beharrell and Billy Gaylor took advantage to race over from 40 metres out.

However, despite a brief spell on top following the try, Doncaster then turned the screw once more as a break from Halliday put them on the front foot and the winger would complete his hat-trick on the back of super link-up play between Chase and Jordan Howden.

The Cougars grabbed a second courtesy of two former Dons players, Jack Miller’s grubber bouncing through and being touched down by Jason Muranka.

But the visitors were then themselves outdone by a grubber with Ryan Boyle pouncing on a short kick through the defensive line by Kyle Kesik.

The home side weren’t finished there with Sam Doherty scoring after taking a pass out of the scrum and turning through a tackle to force his way over from close range.

And they still found time for one more score after the Cougars failed to gain possession from a short kick-off and Bower broke a tackle to stroll home in the corner.


COUGARS: Sheriff 6; Dixon 5; Cooke 5; Hallett 5; Prell 5; Miller 6; Hardcastle 5; Coventry 6; Feather 6; Darley 5; Horn 5; Muranka 7; Levy 6. Subs: Moran 5; Gaylor 6; Bailey 5; Hallas 5.

DONCASTER: Howden 7; Doherty 6; Bower 7; Tali 6; Halliday 8; Chase 9; Beharrell 7; Nzoungou 5; Kesik 6; Spiers 5; Mariano 6; Hodgson 5; Foster 6. Subs: Boyle 6; Wilkinson 5; Douglas 5; Boas 5.

COUGARS: Tries: Gaylor (48); Muranka (67). Goals: Hardcastle (2/2).

DONCASTER: Tries: Halliday (7, 31, 57); Foster (16); Tali (19); Boas (42); Boyle (71); Doherty (75); Bower (77). Goals: Beharrell (4/6); Howden (2/3).


REFEREE: Joe Stearne (Castleford)

BETFRED LEAGUE ONE RESULTS: Coventry Bears 6-50 Oldham Roughyeds; Doncaster 48-12 Keighley Cougars; Hunslet 16-30 Workington Town; Newcastle Thunder 46-22 North Wales Crusaders; Whitehaven 74-6 West Wales Raiders.

BETFRED LEAGUE ONE FIXTURES: Saturday, September 7: Coventry Bears v Whitehaven (2pm); North Wales Crusaders v London Skolars (2.30pm). Sunday, September 8: Hunslet v Oldham Roughyeds; Keighley Cougars v Newcastle Thunder; Workington Town v Doncaster.