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Doncaster Knights prepare for the big one!

Doncaster Knights hope to be celebrating a vital win at Rosslyn Park come Saturday evening.

Doncaster Knights hope to be celebrating a vital win at Rosslyn Park come Saturday evening.

  • by Paul Goodwin
 

Doncaster Knights are closing in on an historic return to the Championship - and this weekend it’s the big one!

Clive Griffiths’ men will have one foot back in the second tier if they win at their only remaining title rivals Rosslyn Park on Saturday.

Doncaster are currently seven points clear of second-placed Park with four rounds of National One action remaining.

Knights are in pole position to become the first club to bounce back to the Championship at the first time of asking since the second tier was rebranded in 2009. Birmingham and Esher have failed to do just that in previous seasons.

Knights require 14 points from their remaining four fixtures - against Rosslyn Park, Wharfedale, Coventry and Blackheath - to be mathematically certain of winning promotion.

Victory this weekend, however, would mean the Castle Park men could virtually seal promotion on home soil against Wharfedale a week on Saturday.

Director of rugby Griffiths this week chose, at least in public, not to hype up their trip to London any more than necessary, the Welshman insisting his squad are preparing in just the same way.

Behind the scenes, Knights’ squad will have been left in no doubt about the significance of this weekend’s game.

Griffiths said: “If we win I don’t think that it’s done and dusted. We still have four games to play and we need to win every single one of them.

“It’s a must-win game in terms of making life easier for the next three games, but we’ll be treating it the same way we always do.”

 

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