Rotherham’s much improved performance during their second game against Cornish Pirates in the Championship promotion play-offs has boosted the team’s confidence going into Saturday’s South Yorkshire derby which will be the fifth this season in all competitions.
The clash at Clifton Lane is of the utmost importance to Doncaster who are still in with a good chance of making the promotion semi-finals ahead of Bedford.
While the Titans have no hope of making progress in Pool B. Nevertheless a local derby matters as does the necessity to finish the home season with a win.
Doncaster have the upper hand in the Championship matches against Rotherham this season: they have won two of three games, winning 26-13 at Castle Park in October and then by 41-26 at home again last month in the first play-off.
But in February, Rotherham produced one of their best efforts to win by 35-34, at Clifton Lane in the league. Titans’ skipper, Matt Rhodes, is optimistic about repeating a similar result. He said: “If there is any home game you want to win, it’s the derby and if we put in a performance like we did against Pirates, then we stand a good chance.” The Pool B table shows with two games remaining how important Saturday’s game is for Doncaster: Cornish Pirates sit at the top with 20 pts, Bedford are second on 14 and the Knights are third with 12 pts. And if Pirates, as expected beat Bedford at Penzance and Knights win at Rotherham, Donny may reach the semis.