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1st July 2018

Hemel Stags 10-74 Doncaster RLFC

Sunday 1st July 2018

Betfred League One

Pennine Way

The Dons got back to winning ways with a 74-10 victory over Hemel Stags in Betfred League One.

Richard Horne made four changes to his starting XIII, as Aaron Jones-Bishop, Jordan Howden, Jack Downs and Jansin Turgut all came into the side.

The Dons made the pefect start and had a try within four minutes, as Hull FC man Jansin Turgut stretched over to score in his first Dons appearance of the season.

They were in again four minutes later as Jack Sanderson broke through the Hemel line and raced 30 metres to go over.

The full-back went from scorer to provider soon after, as another break down the left saw him play in Downs for the simplest of scores under the posts. Jordie Hedges converted for 0-14.

Sanderson was creating all sorts of problems for the Hemel defence, and had his second try when he motored forward before rounding his opposite number Jack Mitchell to score.

The Dons scored their fifth try of the opening quarter when centre Jason Tali ran a great line and latched onto a flat pass before powering his way over the line.

Richard Horne's side were in complete control and scored again on 24 minutes, as Kyle Kesik collected the ball straight from a scrum to squeeze through a gap for the four-pointer. Sanderson took over the kicking duties and added the two to make it 30-0 to the Dons.

Hemel managed to pull a try back just before the half-hour mark, as they took advantage of a rare Dons mistake to score down the right through winger Darren Forde. Kieran Smith converted.

The Dons then scored two tries in three minutes to gain momentum back in their favour, as Turgut crossed for his second before Hedges got in on the act as he scored on the back of a penalty deep in the opposition half.

As the half came to an end, Sanderson completed his hat-trick. It was another break through the line for the 20-year-old as he went from his own half and evaded a number of Hemel defenders to score. He converted his own try to extend the lead.

HALF-TIME | Hemel Stags 6-46 Doncaster RLFC

The Dons started the second-half as they ended the first and Sanderson was at the heart of it once more, creating the try himself and having the quality to cruise over.

Hedges then went in for his second, before Aaron Jones-Bishop collected a smart offload from Tali to weave his way inside and open his personal account for the afternoon.

The Dons scored their 13th try of the game on the hour-mark, as Jez Litten scored a brilliant solo try to take his side towards the 70-point mark. Jordan Howden added the two for 68-6.

Hemel grabbed their second try with three minutes of the game remaining, as former Dons winger Matty Welham did well down the left and just about got the ball down under pressure from Richard Owen.

The Dons were to have the last laugh though and completed the scoring on the hooter, as Jones-Bishop raced from his own half to go over under the sticks. Howden added the two with ease.

FULL-TIME | Hemel Stags 10-74 Doncaster RLFC

DONS XIII | Sanderson, Owen, Cameron Scott, Tali, Jones-Bishop, Hedges, Howden, Spiers, Kesik, Boyle, England, Downs, Turgut. Interchange: Connor Scott, Muranka, Martin, Litten.

DONS TRIES | Turgut (4, 32), Sanderson (8, 15, 39, 41), Downs (9), Tali (21), Kesik (24), Hedges (35, 44) Litten (60), Jones-Bishop (56, 80) DONS GOALS | Hedges (9, 15), Sanderson (24, 32, 39), Howden (44, 56, 60, 80)

HEMEL XIII | Mitchell, Forde, Kadeem Williams, Esslemont, Welham, Shaun Roberts, Smith, Broadbent, Stamp, Dixon, Dean Roberts, Moran. Interchange: Burns, Hanson, Reece Williams, Bastos.

HEMEL TRIES | Forde (28), Welham (77) HEMEL GOALS | Smith (28)

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