12 Sep 2021
Report | Doncaster RLFC 26 Keighley Cougars 28
It was heartbreak for the Dons as Keighley crossed late to win a tight game at the Keepmoat Stadium.
The Dons got off to a great start in the first half dominating the opening exchanges.
Their dominance paid off in just the second minute as winger Oli Greensmith caught a cross field kick to touch down and open the scoring.
Jake Sweeting converted to put the Dons 6-0 in the lead.
It didn’t take long for the Dons to widen the gap when Jason Tali burst through the Keighley defence with one of his trademark runs before passing the ball out wide, with Tom Halliday finishing the move in the corner. Sweeting brilliantly converting from out wide.
The Dons continued to pile pressure on the Cougars but the Dons were dealt a blow in the 17th minute when Ben Cockayne was shown a red card after an incident in the tackle.
The course of the game changed from this point with the Cougars now beginning to pile pressure on the Dons line and in the 22nd minute Jake Website went over just to the left of the Dons posts following a kick through to close the gap. With former Don Jack Miller converting.
The Cougars were continuing to pile pressure on the Dons line, but the Dons received a pressure-relieving penalty in the 26th minute which Jake Sweeting converted to take the score to 14-6.
The Dons were still under pressure defensively and the Cougars persistence paid off when Con Mika burrowed his way over the line with Jack Miller converting.
It took a great last-ditch tackle from Oli Greensmith on the hooter to keep the Cougars out with the Dons remaining in the lead going into half-time.
The second half opened with the Cougars again applying pressure to the Dons line with Oli Greensmith muscling up in defence to deny them and pushed their winger into touch as the try line beckoned.
In the 57th minute a mistake from Cougars full-back QLT allowed Jake Sweeting to collect the ball and race over the line to widen the gap. Sweeting converted his own try.
It was to get even better for Sweeting five minutes later as he intercepted a Cougars pass and raced 70 metres to touch down. Sweeting converted his own try to widen the gap to 26-12.
From this point onwards, the Cougars extra man began to make a difference and in the 68th minute when Jake Webster broke the Dons defensive line to narrow the gap, with Miller converting.
It was constant pressure on the Dons line now and that pressure paid off as Prell put the ball down to the side of the posts, making an easy conversion for Miller with the gap now just two points.
The match ended in heartbreak for the Dons as young winger Phoenix Laulu-Tagagae touched down in the corner to win the game for the Cougars, the first time they had held the lead in the whole match.
Final score: Doncaster RLFC 26 Keighley Cougars 28