D-Day in Scotland for Knights’ Cup hopes

Plan: Lynn Howells.
Plan: Lynn Howells.
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DONCASTER Knights face a must-win game in tomorrow’s final British & Irish Cup Pool D fixture at Ayr (noon).

It will be Knights’ first ever visit to the West Coast of Scotland club, who are level on points with them.

Knights’ boss Lynn Howells has done his homework on the Scottish Premiership side and he is expecting a physical encounter.

“The reports from people I know from my time coaching in Scotland is that they have got quite a few New Zealand players and that they have a big pack,” he said.

“I’ve never been up there but the Scottish boys in our squad say that their ground is on the heavy side and I have taken that fact and their pack into consideration in my plans. I certainly think it will probably be a case of us trying to grind out a win rather than playing our normal expansive game.

“As I say it will be a tough match but it is a long way to go if we lose and we’ve got to be confident going into the game.

“If we play to our potential then we are capable of beating anyone in this competition - though Worcester, of course, would be tough - but making sure that we can get them all to play on the day is the main thing.”

The Welshman was playing his cards close to his chest on his starting line-up, but said: “We’ve used the previous Cup games to give players who haven’t been involved in league games as much as they would have liked and I don’t think we’ll change that policy tomorrow.”