'We know the challenge is pretty ginormous' - Doncaster Knights tackle Ealing Trailfinders with play-off final still within reach

Doncaster Knights, if they are to reach the Greene King IPA Championship play-off final, must secure a five-point win at league leaders Ealing Trailfinders on Saturday.

Friday, 21st May 2021, 11:25 am
Doncaster Knights, pictured in pre-season action at Ealing Trailfinders. Photo: Alex Davidson/Getty Images

Head coach Steve Boden admits it’s a ‘ginormous’ task but insists his players are relishing the challenge.

The ambitious London club, whose only defeat this season came against Saracens, have scored a whopping 467 points in nine games – an average of 52 points per game.

"It’s testament to the players that at this stage of the season we’ve still got something to play for,” Boden told DKTV.

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"They’ve got to take all the credit for that.

"I think we’re just approaching it like any other week.

"We know what we’ve got to do, we know that we’ve got to be very good and we know the challenge is pretty ginormous but it’s something that we’re excited about.

"We know there’s something on the line but we’re just going down there to play a game of rugby and test ourselves against a really good side.”

Knights dropped to third in the standings last week, behind Ealing and Saracens, and return to action tomorrow following two blank weekends.

Ealing have one foot in the final but Doncaster could still potentially leapfrog them in the table by claiming maximum points against them and at home to Nottingham in their final game on May 29.

"They could put one of four teams out because they’ve got such a big squad and a huge wealth of talent,” Boden said of the Trailfinders.

"They’re extremely physical and they like to play at a high tempo off the back of that physicality and they’ve got a set piece that can be very dangerous.

"We’ve got a good idea what we’re up against – stopping it is a different matter. Putting our game on them is what we’re concentrating on.”