KAVAN Rothwell is ruled out of tomorrow's home fixture with Doncaster (kick-off 3pm) after picking up a leg strain in the defeat of Dewsbury last Sunday.

The young forward on loan from Leigh Leopards had a fine game against the Rams with his forceful running and deadly tackling, and helped himself to a brace of tries.

Coach Paul Crarey said: “It's a blow for Kavan and for the team, he has been very good during his loan stint.

“But he is a Leigh player, and they don’t want to risk him.

“That’s fair enough, they advised us of their decision, and we go along with it.”

Crarey will probably make just the one change to last week with James Greenwood coming back in for Rothwell.

Greenwood pulled out of last week’s game late on Sunday morning through Illness with 18th man Luke Broadbent promoted to the centre position and Max Clarke moving into the forwards.

Ryan Johnston, whose late drop goal ensured Barrow took the two points on offer against Dewsbury (27-20) is doubtful with a slight strain, but it is hopeful he will be given the green light.

Adam Jackson, who has yet to make an appearance this season through injury, is on standby if Johnston fails to make it.

Crarey is giving Shane Toal extra time on the sideline following his concussion which he received in the York game two weeks ago.

Crarey added: “There's no rush to get Shane back on the pitch, he is doing well, but we have cover so we will give him extra time off.

“I thought last week we were brilliant in the first half, scoring five very good tries from all areas of the park to lead 24-6 at the break.

“Then there was a 45-minute delay for the second half to start due to a medical emergency on the terraces.

“We never got going again, and they hit back at 26-20. We let ourselves down at times with 17 unforced errors, mainly individual errors, losing the ball and incorrectly playing the ball.

“The rules state you must make contact with the foot at the play the ball, and we were caught out on occasions.

“We had a good video review on Wednesday, so hopefully those errors can be sorted out this week.”

Doncaster were promoted to the Championship this season along with Dewsbury and have had a tough start having to play title favourites Wakefield and fellow Yorkshire outfit Featherstone.

They will be coming to take the points back home, so another tough eighty minutes are on the horizon.

Doncaster were last in the Championship nine years ago, so they'll be determined not to go straight back down.

They have a quality Coach in Richard Horne, the former Hull and Great Britain player, and have recruited well in the close season.

In from York comes giant South Pacific forward Pauli Pauli (Ex Wakefield) the powerful Pauli can destroy teams with his attacking play as Barrow found out in the play-offs last season when York won at Craven Park.

Also on board is full-back Craig Hall, an experienced player along with former Wakefield centre Reece Lyne.

Former Super League players expected to be in the squad are Brad Hey, Ben Johnston, Brett Ferris, Tyle Hepi and Papua New Guinean half-back Watson Boas, while Hull KR product Connor Robinson is a points machine.