SATURDAY’S testing trip to Goldrington Road in for Championship Promotion Play-off Pool B clash against Bedford Blues, holds no fears for Doncaster Knights’ top try-scorer Matty Williams.
“We played really well against them on Saturday at Castle Park and we were unfortunate to lose 17-16,” said Williams. “It was definitely a game that we lost rather than them winning.
“We cleaned up in the lineouts; the scrums went really well and we played in the right areas of the pitch. We were definitely a bit unlucky to lose.
“We just switched off a couple of times and they capitalised to score tries.”
Although Williams got few chances to use his blistering pace, he did have a hand in Knights’ second try which saw them open up a 16-10 lead midway through the final quarter.
He retrieved a wayward pass by fly-half Tristram Roberts on the left touchline to initiate the move which led to full-back Steve McColl touching down on the other flank.
“It was a cracking try,” he said. “We were jubilant because we thought it was a good position to be in with just over 10 minutes to go with the kick to come.
“We missed the conversion, which had we kicked it would have meant that they would have needed to score twice, but it is one of those things.
“Defeat was hard to take but we’ve got them again this weekend and we’ll be looking to put one or two things right and play well down there and hopefully pick up a victory.
“They have a good home record but they’ll be the most worried side because we played well on Saturday. They’ll be scared of us.”
Saturday’s game at Castle Park was a tight affair and Williams expects a similar sort of game in the return.
“The play-offs are all about picking up wins,” he said. “It doesn’t have to be pretty rugby; it doesn’t have to be attractive it is all about getting a win or at least getting a result away from home.
“Apart from five minutes here, five minutes there, we played really well for the majority of the game so we don’t have to make too many changes - just a few tweaks. The game at Castle Park was a big game (in terms of qualifying for the semi-finals) but we’ve got another three games to play and if we can win all three we’ll give ourselves a chance.”