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Wednesday, 16 April 2014

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Whitehaven RL coach to keep the faith with winning team

Don Gailer hinted he had no plans to change Whitehaven’s winning formula when top four rivals Doncaster visit the Recre on Sunday.

Tom Hemingway photo
Tom Hemingway

The Haven boss was delighted with his side in the weekend’s 31-12 rout of Rochdale, which dealt the Hornets’ promotion hopes a potentially fatal blow.

And he is not looking to make a string of changes against Doncaster, where a home win could see Haven close to within one victory of moving up to the Championship, depending on other results.

At Spotland, Gailer drafted in loanee Lewis Palfrey to play at full-back, and Tom Hemingway, in only his second appearance, featured at hooker, with a handful of players who have featured extensively this term unable to break in to the team.

“We were sensational, and after a display like that, I immediately think of the boys who aren’t in there,” the coach said. “I know Chris Fleming and Bradd Crellin are dying to get in, but it will be hard to change the team.

“I feel sorry for Andreas Bauer and Luke Isakka, who weren’t in, but happy for them at the same time, as they are part of a good group. The reality is that there probably won’t be many changes out of that, nor should there be. I can’t muck around next week.

“A lot of people are saying Barrow, and a lot of others are saying Workington, but in my book, Doncaster are the best side we have played all year. They showed last Thursday against Workington that they are a class outfit.

“I know how big the mountain is, and so do the boys. We want to do a job again, and not leave it at Rochdale.”

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