Knights bid to cash in on Bedford setback

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DONCASTER Knights will be out to make sure that Bedford’s second visit to South Yorkshire in a fortnight is not as rewarding as their first.

Blues, who finished runners-up to Worcester, opened their Championship Promotion Play-Off Pool B campaign by thrashing Rotherham Titans 58-15 at Clifton Lane.

But their confidence will have been dented ahead of tomorrow’s visit to Castle Park, by a 31-18 home defeat by Cornish Pirates. Knights’ boss Lynn Howells saw that game on Sky Sports and said: “It will be a different game to Saturday’s 41-26 win over Rotherham.”

“They had been on fire going into the Pirates game and apart from Worcester they had been the in-form team in the closing weeks of the Championship season.

“They are a good all-round team and they are well drilled. Their back-row is very influential and they’ve got a very good second-rower.

“They have also got a good half-back pairing who control the game and if you allow their backs to play they are quite fluid and can score tries. So they have got the bits and pieces in the right places.

“They are well coached and their structure is good, but that for us is a help really because we tend to play better against structured teams.

“It should be a good game for the spectators. They’ll certainly try and play rugby and that’s the way that we’ve played all season and will try to play tomorrow.”

Tomorrow’s encounter is the first of back-to-back games between the two sides: “Our best chance of beating them is at home and I’m sure that they’ll remember that we put 50 points past them at Castle Park in the league last season,” said Howells.

“It will be tough at Bedford but we are just concentrating on tomorrow’s game and it is all about winning your home games and then trying to nick a result away from home.”