D-Day looms for Dons in play-off charge

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DONCASTER face their “most important” game of the season in tomorrow’s Championship One Elimination Play-Off clash against Whitehaven at the Keepmoat Stadium.

“Lose and that’s it for the season,” said Dons’ boss Tony Miller. “We know it’s going to be a tough because although Whitehaven finished sixth in the table, but for having a nine-point deduction imposed on them from last season, they would have finished second.

“We beat them 20-18 in the league last month and that will hopefully still be fresh in the players’ minds tomorrow.

“But we know that we’ve got to play with the same intensity in defence as we did that day and in last Sunday’s win at Gateshead.

“We also played with a lot of depth when we had the ball in the second half on Sunday and we scored 28 points without reply.

“We had a lot of bodies in motion and people running good lines and it was hard for them to cope.

“We’ve got to try and do the same against Whitehaven and try and take it to another level because they are a better team.

“We’ve got to have a lot of attacking options and we’ve got to make it hard for them; we can’t just take the ball in in single drives because they’ve got a big pack.

“They’ve also got some creative and speedy players in their backs. As I say, it’s going to be tough and I’m glad that we are at home because it would be a big ask to go up there. “

Whitehaven lost 28-20 at Keighley last weekend and afterwards a disappointed coach David Seeds said: “We’ve got some things to work on, and I hope the mentality is totally different from now on.

“One thing I’ve liked about Doncaster this year is that they’re young and very enthusiastic.

“They don’t lie down for anybody and they’re pretty relentless. We’ve got to better that, not just match it.”