Cornwall RLFC

Doncaster

Doncaster

Ground: Eco-Power Stadium (15,231)
Coach: Richard Horne
Captain: Sam Smeaton
Last season: 5th League 1 (preliminary final)

Could 2022 finally be the year that Doncaster shake off the tag of League 1’s nearly-men?

Since suffering relegation from the Championship in 2015, the Dons have only failed to not make the end of season play-offs once. But the south Yorkshire outfit have been defeated at the semi-final stage (2016, 2018) and in the preliminary final (2019).

In 2021, Richard Horne’s side finished in fifth place but a brilliant play-off campaign saw both Hunslet and North Wales Crusaders defeated. It looked like Doncaster would fall in the preliminary final once more as they trailed Keighley 26-22 at Cougar Park when the final hooter sounded.

However, in one of the most dramatic finishes ever seen at League 1 level, the ball was spun wide to Luke Johnson who crashed through the Keighley line to score. With the scores level, Jake Sweeting kept his nerve to slot over a magnificent touchline conversion and send the visiting support into raptures.

The 28-26 win over Keighley set up a winner-takes-all promotion final against Workington although sadly for Doncaster, the Cumbrians prevailed 36-12 to win promotion back to the Championship. 

Quick Doncaster facts: 

  • The Dons spent a single season in rugby league’s first division for season 1994-95. Sadly, though, this would be the last season that Doncaster played at Tattersfield. 
  • Legendary former Great Britain skipper Ellery Hanley coached Doncaster during the 2007 and 2008 seasons. 

Memorial Ground: Round 14; Saturday, July 9; 1.00pm
Eco-Power Stadium: Round 4; Saturday, April 16; 1.00pm