In-form Dons bid to topple leaders Lions

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DONCASTER will need to become the first Championship One side to beat leaders Swinton at the Willows tonight (7.30) if they are to claim their seventh successive win.

Victory for the third-placed Dons by more than 12 points would see them share top spot with the Lions, who have led the way all season.

“Swinton looked to be virtually unassailable a couple of weeks ago but they have lost their last two away games, albeit against sides who are also up there, and if we can beat them tonight it would throw the title race wide open,” said Dons’ boss Tony Miller.

“But if we were to lose I think that we would probably have blown our chances and the target would then be to hold on to our top-three spot.”

The Lions already boast a victory over the Dons having beaten them 36-32 at the Keepmoat Stadium in late April.

“Even though there was only four points difference, if I’m being honest the score flattered us a little bit on the day,” said Miller. “They’ve been up there all season and they are a tough side to beat.

“They are a very good attacking side as their record shows and we’ll have to keep an eye on the likes of loose-forward Phil Joseph and scrum-half Ian Watson.

“They ask a lot of questions of sides and they are very dangerous around the ruck areas. They’ve got a lot of fire-power out wide, so we’ll have to defend well as we have been doing in recent games.

“Although they are good with the ball I think that they have a lot of holes defensively which we can hopefully exploit. I know what we have got to do to win the game; it is just a case of whether we can do it on the night.

“We’ve certainly got to be on the top of our game, both with and without the ball. If there are a few players off their game we’ll get beat - it’s as simple as that.

“It’s a big game but it is one that we can certainly win and I’m confident going into it.”