DONCASTER Knights have not allowed themselves to be lulled into a false sense of security ahead of today’s must-win British & Irish Cup Pool Five clash against Swansea at Castle Park (2pm).
Whereas Knights can still reach the quarter-finals if they pick up a five-point bonus win and leaders Pontypridd fail to beat Leeds Carnegie at home tonight (6pm), the Welsh club have nothing to play for having lost all three of their games.
But hooker Steve Boden told The Star that fact could make them dangerous.
“They have nothing to lose and there is no pressure on them and that being the case they could decide to come here and throw the ball about and there is always a danger when teams do that,” said Boden. “On the other hand they could field a weakened side and their heads could go down if we score a couple of early tries.
“We’ve been focused all week in training and we have worked hard on our defence and we are geared up for a tough game in which we’ve got to win and score at least four tries.
“When the competition first started it wasn’t a priority to do well in it. But now we’ve got to this stage, and could possibly reach the quarter-final, we are going to go for it.
“We’ve still got a few injuries but we’ll be fielding our strongest side so far in the competition this season.
“We also want to maintain the momentum we’ve built up in recent games.
“We did well to beat the Pirates in our last home game and we won away at London Scottish, which is always a tough place to go. We also played well at Moseley the week before and should have won that one as well.
“It would be nice to put on a good show for the fans, as we did against Pirates, with it being our last game before Christmas. But the main thing is to pick up the bonus win and then hope that Leeds do us a favour tonight.”