REPORT | Dons 70 West Wales Raiders 6

REPORT | Dons 70 West Wales Raiders 6

6th May 2019

The Dons progressed through to the second round of the 1895 Cup with a comfortable 70-6 victory over West Wales Raiders at the Keepmoat Stadium.

Richard Horne’s side made up for a slow start to run in 12 tries, with winger Tom Halliday the standout on debut. 

The visitors made the quicker start and got the first points of the game when hooker Alex King broke through, before finding back-rower Rowland Kaye on his inside to put the Raiders in front.

It didn’t take long for the Dons to hit back, as Featherstone loanee Watson Boas dabbed a kick through for debutant Halliday to get on the end of and score in the corner. 

The home side went in front with a quarter of the game gone, as a break from Brad Foster eventually lead to Matty Beharrell looping a pass out wide for Menzie Yere to go over.

They went in again when Hull FC prop forward Levy Nzoungou collected the ball close to the line, before muscling his way past two West Wales defenders on his way to the line.

As the Raiders searched for a way back into the game with a number of offloads in an attempt to keep the ball alive, the Dons scored themselves as Halliday picked up a loose ball on the half-way line and raced through on the half-time hooter.

The Dons started the second-half as they’d ended the first and had a try within 60 seconds of the restart, as another Foster break saw him play in Jordan Howden who had the simple task of touching down.

Beharrell continued to be influential throughout the game and it was his reverse kick which played in Boas for his first try for the club.

His second quickly followed as he glided across the Raiders defensive line before spotting a gap and racing clear to extend the lead.

Winger Halliday was having a debut to remember and went in for his hat-trick when another loose ball bounced into his path and he made no mistake with the finish. 

He would go on to finish the game with five tries, initially supporting Connor Bower’s break to touch down, before collecting an offload from Jason Tali to cross in identical fashion.

Tali then went provider to scorer with a quarter of an hour remaining. The powerful centre teased the defence while carrying the ball in one hand, before fending off his opposite number to go over in the corner.

The Papua New Guinea international got another late on, as quick hands across the field put him through a huge gap to add more gloss to the score line. Beharrell converted to take the Dons up to 70 points in South Yorkshire.

REPORT | Dons 70 West Wales Raiders 6