DONCASTER will not lack confidence in Sunday’s National League One Promotion Play-off clash against Rochdale at Spotand.
“It is going to be tough because they’ve got a big pack and have a lot of go-forward and they’ve got some good backs,” said Dons’ centre Chris Spurr.
“But we’ve beaten them twice at Spotland, in the Northern Rail Cup and in the league, though we had to come from behind on both occasions.
“We like the Rochdale pitch because it is nice and wide like the Keepmoat Stadium,” added the club’s top scorer, who scored three of his 14 tries in the 26-16 win over Hornets at Spotland at the start of July.
Both sides recorded emphatic home victories in games which had been expected to be much closer at the weekend - the Dons beating Whitehaven 34-16 and Rochdale beating derby rivals Oldham 39-18,
“I was surprised that they beat Oldham by the score they did,” said Spurr.
“I thought that it would be pretty close and I fancied Oldham to beat them to be honest because they had been in good form. We’ll be going there in a confident mood but I’m sure that they’ll also be fancying their chances being at home. It’s a one-off and it’s all about who turns up on the day.
“If we get past Rochdale then we’ve got to visit either Keighley or Workington in the semi-final, neither of whom would be easy.
“But if we play like we did against Whitehaven then we’d have a chance against anyone in this division.
“We defended very well, which we knew we would have to do, and it was probably the best we’ve played in attack for a long time.”