REACTION | Horne wants improvement

REACTION | Horne wants improvement

29th January 2018

Richard Horne believes basic errors prevented the Dons from beating Batley Bulldogs in the pre-season friendly at the Club Doncaster Sports Village.

The Dons were beaten 36-34 in the final game before the Betfred League One season gets underway, and the head coach saw plenty of room for improvement.

He said: "I thought the opening 20 minutes was really good from our point of view, we gave a good account of ourselves but couldn't quite build any momentum.

"Basic individual errors cost us massively, particularly in the first half. Against a team like Batley you can't afford to be making those mistakes too often.

"We would get a penalty and then lose the ball, when we got any field position we'd come up with an error, and when you do that a Championship team will punish you."

Horne's side scored three late tries to reduce the deficit against the Bulldogs, and he says that is a good omen for the 2018 campaign.

He added: "I haven't got any issues with our fitness, the lads have trained really hard and i think that was obvious from the way we finished the game with some nice tries.

"We've finished both friendlies with some momentum so i know if we're chasing games in the league then we're always going to be a threat.

"I've got what i wanted to out of the two games, i think in phases we've looked really good and scored some good tries, it's all about making sure we value the ball more in possession."

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REACTION | Horne wants improvement