Doncaster head coach Gary Thornton believes his team’s spirited performance at Leeds on Friday will stand them in good stead for the rest of the season.
The League 1 side struggled to cope with the Rhinos during the early part of the fifth round Challenge Cup tie, but eventually found their feet to run in six tries during a 64-28 defeat.
“At 16-0 down I was fearing the worst, but they showed a great reaction and grew into the game,” said Thornton.
“We were possibly guilty of giving them too much respect early on – we were a bit stage-struck, but once we got into the swing of it, we showed what we’re all about.
“We’ve been down in the dumps after a couple of poor performances and we tried to come here in a positive mood.
“To come out and win the second half was very creditable. The boys enjoyed the occasion and hopefully they will take a huge amount out of it.
“To score that many points against a Super League side I think will give them a huge lift and we’ve got to use that to kick-start our season.
“Our main aim to get out of League 1 and, if we play with the same kind of intensity and enthusiasm it will bode well for us.”