Doncaster Knights: The pressure is off us in B&I Cup clash, says Matt Challinor

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Doncaster Knights will be bidding to reach the semi-finals of the B&I Cup for the second time in tomorrow’s quarter-final tie against Munster A at Castle Park (2pm).

The club’s hopes of making the final of the inaugural competition back in the 2009-10 season were adversely affected by a fixture glut and Lynn Howells’ leg-weary side slumped to a 43-5 defeat at Cornish Pirates.

Pirates went on to beat Munster A, who pipped Cross Keys the following year, 23-14 in the final.

Knights topped Pool 4 with a 100 per cent record from their six games, while tomorrow’s opponents qualified as one of the best three runners-up.

“I personally would have preferred to have been playing a Championship game because it’s league points that we want,” said club captain Matt Challinor.

“When you’ve lost a league game you can’t wait to get back out there and pick up a win.

“Having lost our last eight league games we are desperate for a win. Despite our record, playing-wise I don’t think that we are a million miles away.

“The pressure is probably off us tomorrow. It is one-off game and we’ve played well in the cup this season.

“If we click I wouldn’t be surprised if we gave them a tuning. But we need to click, and quickly, because the longer you go without a win the more worried people start to become.”