Cooke: ''The boys were first class''

Cooke: ''The boys were first class''

20th April 2014

Doncaster player coach Paul Cooke spoke to the official website following his sides 34-42 derby victory over Sheffield Eagles on Easter Sunday.

The Dons battled back from 28-12 down at the break to record the win, thanks to some brilliant rugby league in a thrilling encounter.

Cooke was delighted with the way his side battled back after going down in the first half.

He said: “A ten-minute period killed us, we lost Mike Emmett into the sin bin and didn’t see any ball over that time.

“He copped a penalty for mouthing off and got in the way of Dom Brambani taking a penalty, kicking into touch, which he has been sent to the sin bin for, it is a silly one on Mike’s part and will cost him a bit of money into the players kitty.

“If you take away that period where we conceded 18 points, we were quite dominant in all aspects of the game and in the second half the stats don’t lie, we have completed our sets at 100%.

“We have gone down their end of the field with how we said we would do and we have got into the key areas and punished them.

Cooke admitted he was delighted with the belief of his players in order to make the comeback possible.

“The boys were first class, they stuck in their first half, the half time team talk was quite easy, no panic, just lets get to the right areas of the field, do your job and eventually we can get Sheffield.

“They worked tirelessly in the second half to get off our own end, into good positions and we punished Sheffield for making errors on their own line.

“We were three scores down at half time, the players are first class, they know when they have done themselves justice and when they are in the game and when they are not. 

“Today we knew we were in the game and had to get to the right areas. The class and quality of the determination of the group of players is fantastic.”

The Dons boss also praised the players from Hull FC and the impact they are having on his injury hit squad.

"The players coming in on dual registration understand the importance of the results and their individual and team performance.  The players at our group pull them along and I think they enjoy their football when they come here.

"We certainly enjoy playing as a group and sticking together and in a lot of games proving people wrong.  Again we were heavily underdogs for this game and Sheffield are massive favourites and we come and upset the formbook and the bookies book and everybody else’s book.  But it doesn’t surprise us, we know how good we can be, we just have to stay grounded."

Cooke: ''The boys were first class''