Howells- Titans clash is a must-win game

Doncaster Knights v Cornish Pirates. Knights player Christian Lewis-Pratt kicks the ball. Picture: Holly Allen.
Doncaster Knights v Cornish Pirates. Knights player Christian Lewis-Pratt kicks the ball. Picture: Holly Allen.

Lynn Howells is pulling no punches when it comes to Knights’ clash with Rotherham Titans - branding this weekend’s huge derby as a must-win game.

Injury hit Doncaster went down 33-25 at Cornish Pirates in their play-off opener at the weekend, while Rotherham were thrashed 58-15 at home to Bedford Blues.

Picture by Mike Thomas 13/03/2011.'Cornish Pirates V Doncaster.kyle Marriott

Picture by Mike Thomas 13/03/2011.'Cornish Pirates V Doncaster.kyle Marriott

South Yorkshire’s top two sides go head to head at Castle Park on Saturday (2.30pm) knowing defeat will leave them with a mountain to climb in their efforts to reach the semi-finals.

And Howells is under no illusion about the size and importance of this weekend’s derby.

He said: “There’s no doubt it’s a must-win game for us.

“It’s very much like the Heineken Cup in that you’ve got to win your home games and sneak something when you go away.

“But regardless of what competition we’re playing in it’s a Doncaster versus Rotherham derby and they don’t get much bigger than that.”

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