Doncaster Knights will travel to newly-crowned champions Bristol with a weight lifted from their shoulders.
That is the verdict of popular winger Tyson Lewis ahead of Friday night’s clash at Ashton Gate.
“Beating Ealing was a big result for us considering all that has gone on with the loss of Ian (Williams) and so on and so forth and trying to get over that and the pressure we put on ourselves,” said Lewis.
“I think the win has lifted a big weight off our shoulders.
“We know that Bristol are a very good side but we’ve gone there before and won – I’ll never forget the promotion play-off final second leg win a couple of years ago - so there is nothing to say we can’t go there and win again.
“But we are not going down there thinking now that they’ve won the league they are going to take their foot off the gas.
“They’ll want to go out on a high.
“We also want to finish the season strongly because we still want to finish in the top four again and to do that we’ve probably got to beat both Bristol and Jersey.”
Knights produced their best performance of the season to beat second-placed Ealing 50-19 on Saturday.
“It was an awesome result,” said Lewis. “We are a proud team and the 57-14 defeat down there definitely hurt.
“Things hadn’t been going our way for a number of weeks – even though we had been knocking at the door in several of the games we’d lost.
“So it was good to prove to everyone that despite the fact that we’d dropped out of the top four that we were still there or thereabouts and that we are still a good team.
“There was a lot of energy within the squad all week in the build-up to the game and we spoke of making a good start and not giving the other team a leg-up.
“We really started the game with a bang and put them on the back foot. For the first time in probably five or six weeks we stuck to the game-plan and executed things as we had spoken about in midweek.
“As well as scoring some good tries we also defended well but that is always part of our DNA.
“We were under no illusions that we had to front up to them and stop them getting on the front foot because they are such a big side and difficult to contain.”