Team news

Date published: Friday, April 30, 2010

ROUGHYEDS will give centre Marcus St Hilaire as long as possible to get over neck and shoulder problems before finalising the side to go to Doncaster on Monday.

Coach Tony Benson will select from the 17 who beat Gateshead Thunder 64-10 last week plus Ben Heaton, Jason Boults and assistant coach Paul Reilly.

Marcus St Hilaire

St Hilaire is the only doubt — and if a replacement is required it looks like being a job for either veteran Reilly or 20-year-old Ben Heaton.

Expect one of the five props — Boults, Dave Ellison, Jamie I’Anson, Wayne Kerr, Luke Sutton — to stand down, or at least to be named as 18th man.

Team (from): Ashe, Boults, Chandler, Clarke, Ellison, Fogerty, Gillam, Heaton, Hodson, I’Anson, Kerr, O’Connor, Onyango, Reilly, Robinson, M Roden, N Roden, St Hilaire, Sutton, Whitmore.

Shaun Leaf is doubtful for Doncaster after twisting his knee at work, but scrum-half Craig Fawcett is in line to return to the side after recovering from a dislocated finger.

Scotland-capped winger Dean Colton returned to training this week and is included in coach Tony Miller’s plans.

“Dean is a proven try scorer and a good defender,” he said, “so it is good to have him back.”

Unbeaten in their six league games, Roughyeds go to the Keepmoat Stadium (3.00pm kick off) knowing that Miller’s men will want to be the first team to lower their colours.

Said coach Benson: “This will be as tough as they come. With new signings and players returning from injury, Doncaster are stronger now than they have been all season.

“They claim to be a young side, but in reality they have loads of experience and they are well coached by Tony Miller.

“Our mission is to make sure we are right. Against Gateshead we looked at improving discipline and making better use of the ball. We did pretty well on both counts.

“We’ll be aiming to continue in the same way and to improve in certain other areas at the same time.

“In some games recently we have allowed the opposition to slow us down. We have been working on ways of avoiding that so that we can play at our pace and not at a pace dictated by our opponents.”

To get into the Keepmoat Stadium fans must buy a ticket from the ticket office before going to the turnstiles.