DONCASTER Knights’ back-rower Andy Boyde will again be watching from the sidelines tomorrow (3pm) when the club take on Cornish Pirates in arguably the most important game ever staged at their Armthorpe Road complex.
Knights go into the game against the unbeaten Championship Promotion play-off Pool B leaders knowing that nothing less than victory will book them a place in the semi-finals in a fortnight’s time. Boyde would love to have been playing in Knights’ sixth and final pool game, but has been out since early in the year following a shoulder operation. But he has helped in the build up to games by analysing the team’s opposition.
Pirates have beaten Knights in all three games they have played each other this season and have never lost at Castle Park. Boyde, however, is confident that Knights can put the record straight against a Pirates side who have already booked their spot in the last-four.
“We’ve been better than them in the second half in the games we’ve’ played,” he said. “I just think that we have to start really well and play rugby at a high tempo.
“If they aren’t on top of their game at the start, we’ve got to capitalise.
“If we get the chance to play off turn-over ball we’ve got to get it wide to our back-three, who are all potential match-winners.
“Pirates will kick for position and when they are in the right areas of the pitch - and the opportunity is on for them to move the ball - they will do and we’ve got to be ready.”