Doncaster RLFC half-back Jack Miller hopes to have done enough to keep his place in the side to entertain Bradford Bulls in Sunday's top-of-the-table League One clash at the Keepmoat Stadium (3pm).
“As a player you want to be playing against teams such as Featherstone and Bradford rather than scoring 60 or 70 points against the lower teams,” said Miller.
Miller had played stand-off the previous week in his first game following a two-month injury lay-off alongside the in-form Liam Harris.
He took over from the injured former Hull KR man in Sunday’s batling 26-16 Challenge Cup defeat by Championship outfit Featherstone Rovers.
“I felt a bit rusty, especially in the first half, against Hemel the previous week,” said Miller.
“That was probably to be expected, but I felt I played a lot better against Featherstone.
“I’m still not back to my best and there is still more to come but I need to be playing regularly.
“There is a lot of competition for the two half-back spots when everyone is fit but that is what you want in a team if you hope to do well.
“It was the first time in over a year that Jordan Howden and I had played alongside each other for various reasons. But he’s a good mate off the pitch and someone who I just click with on the field and in training.
“I thought we did well as a partnership on Sunday, against a very good Featherstone pairing, though we were both blowing a bit towards the end due to pace of the game and a lack of games.”
Despite the Dons suffering only their second defeat of the season Miller says the club will go into Sunday’s four-pointer in good spirits.
“We showed by running a top Championship side close that we aren’t in a false position in the league despite having played more home games,” he said.
“We played with a real intensity against Featherstone because we knew that we had to if we were going to stand any chance of beating them and it will need to be the same against Bradford.
“It’s a massive game for us because I would expect them to be up there with the likes of York, the two Cumbrian clubs, Oldham and possibly Hunslet, come the end of the season. It's a very tough league and you need to be winning your home games.”