Haven lose ground in Super 8s after Doncaster defeat

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Two tries for Whitehaven's Jessie Joe Parker
Two tries for Whitehaven's Jessie Joe Parker

Whitehaven lost ground in the race for second place in the League 1 Super 8s after going under at the hands of Doncaster.

Haven lost 30-22 on the road and with Barrow beating Newcastle they pulled clear of their Cumbrian rivals on a day when leaders Toronto Wolfpack were held to a draw by Keighley.

It was 14-10 to Doncaster at half time with Haven's points coming from tries for Jessie Joe Parker and Connor Holliday, one converted by Paul Crook.

Into the second half and Doncaster pulled away only for Haven to claw back and take the lead for the first time in the game thanks to tries for Tommy Holland and then an interception from Parker, both converted by Crook.

They lead 22-20 going into the final five minutes when the hosts delivered two killer blows with tries, one converted to take the win and the crucial points.

Whitehaven coach Carl Forster, who had to watch from the stands while serving a one-match ban, was disappointed.

"I thought our boys had a real good dig but we came up short against a good Doncaster team," said Forster. "I thought it could have gone either way to be honest.

"We said we needed to start well because we arrived later after being stuck in traffic but our preparations weren't right and we didn't come out of the traps early on.

"We found ourselves eight points down and it was a carbon copy again at the start of the second half, for the first 10 minutes we weren't at the races.

"We had to work hard to get back in the game and we did and we got in front but we didn't manage the game from there."

Haven welcome Keighley next Sunday when Forster is hoping to welcome back Dion Aiye and Jordan Hand, as well as being back available himself.

The only doubt after this game is Elliott Miller who took a knock after a late challenge.

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