Cup hopes still alive claims Knights’ boss

Optimistic: Lynn Howells
Optimistic: Lynn Howells
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DONCASTER Knights boss Lynn Howells remains optimistic that the Castle Park club can qualify for the quarter-finals of the British & Irish Cup despite having lost two of their three Pool D games.

“Our fate is still in our own hands,” insisted the Welshman. “We’ve got to play Rotherham at home and Ayr away and if we win both those games then we’ll finish runners-up to Pontypridd, who beat us on Saturday

“Depending on how other results go we might not even have to win both games, but that is what we are targeting in order to make sure.

“I was disappointed that we didn’t beat Pontypridd. We were well on top in the first half and we were leading 13-3 just before half-time but we lost our way in the second half.

“I made nine changes from the side which had won at Llandovery the week before, in order to give everybody in the squad a game. They all had an opportunity to show what they could do but most of them didn’t take it. Some of the players could be waiting a long time to get back into the side.”

Knights return to Championship action on Saturday with a crucial home play-off clash against Plymouth. They will be boosted by the return of No 8 Ed Jackson and back Oli Goss. The two men are both available after recovering from ankle and shoulder injuries respectively.

Knights could also have scrum-half Nathan Jones available if he reports no reaction to yesterday’s training session.