Stern challenge awaits Knights

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DONCASTER Knights face one of their most important battles of the season against Championship rivals Nottingham at Meadow Lane tomorrow (3pm).

Victory over a side who will be seeking a double following their victory at Castle Park earlier in the season will not only virtually secure Brett Davey’s side a top-eight play-off spot but also boost their hopes of a possible top-five finish.

It will be Knights’ second visit to Meadow Lane - their much-changed side going down 33-29 in a high-scoring British & Irish Cup pool game.

But Davey, who turned out at fly-half on that occasion, isn’t reading anything into that result.

Knights will travel down the M1 buoyed by their impressive 33-14 win over second-placed Bedford last weekend.

He said: “Our home form has been pretty good in recent weeks; the turning point to the season would be if we were to start matching those performances when we go away. Nottingham will be a tough nut to crack at home but if we get our set-pieces going well then we showed against Bedford that we are hard to beat.

“We’ve not set ourselves a target from our last five games, we just want to try and improve week by week. We’ve got to play three other teams currently above us during the run-in so we’ve got some good fixtures to test ourselves ahead of the play-offs.

“For me the season has always been about getting ourselves into a good position for the six-week (play-off) tournament at the end of the season.

“One of the most important things for us was to get to that point with a fully-fit squad and we are heading that way as things stand.”

n Rotherham Titans are expecting a crowd of around 5,000 for the clash with the Knights next month, which is to be screened live on Sky Sports. The local derby takes place at Castle Park on February 18, kick-off 12.05pm.