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Sunday, 21 December 2014

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Doran tells Whitehaven players 'we go again' against Doncaster

Skipper Lee Doran warned Whitehaven must again rise to the occasion against high-flying visitors Doncaster on Sunday (3pm) after their dramatic upturn in fortune at Batley.

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Lee Doran

Haven responded to their heavy home defeat against North Wales nearly two weeks ago with an emphatic 30-10 win at Mount Pleasant last weekend, to move to within one point of a play-off place.

“We need to turn up with the same attitude as last week,” said Doran, who has been impressed with Doncaster’s strong start to the campaign under ex-Super League star Paul Cooke, player-coach this term.

“Home advantage is always nice for us, but if we aren’t on our game we can quite easily get turned over. “Doncaster are going very well and Paul Cooke is still pulling the strings. It has always been a good tussle with them at our place.

“I expect them to be up there in the league. They are second at the moment and I expect them to be top five or six.”

Doran and Haven hooker James Newton were named in the Championship team of the week for their performances at Batley. But the captain spread the praise much wider.

“It’s all about the team, one to 18, everyone deserves credit,” said Doran, who was impressed with prop Paul Jackson’s stint.

“Jacko never took a backward step. He’s also still up there in training and is so enthusiastic for the game. He’s a pleasure to play with.”

He also praised the role of coaches Dave Woods, Stuart Wilkinson and Dave Smith against the Bulldogs.

“We had a game plan from the coaches and they need a big rap,” he continued. “They’ve had some stick – undeservedly. People don’t realise how tough this division is. But we’ve proved what we can do.”

Doran admitted the 34-0 whitewash against the Crusaders had come as a shock – which they had to put right with an improved performance at Batley.

He said: “To be honest, I don’t think we respected North Wales enough. I think we thought we had only to turn up because we were on home turf.

“It shows how important momentum is in a game. They had it and we couldn’t stop them. They were outstanding on the day. I don’t want any more days like that. We’d had a little team meeting and understood it was not acceptable”

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