DONCASTER will not be the only team with something to play for when they tackle London Skolars at the New River Stadium in their final Championship One game of the season.
Victory for Tony Miller’s men would see them crowned league champions for the first time in their history and bank the £50,000 prize money.
Skolars, meanwhile, climbed into a play-off spot after pulling off a surprise 41-26 win over fourth-placed Whitehaven last Friday. But to ensure that they hold on to sixth spot they need to beat the league One leaders, who beat them 58-16 at the Keepmoat Stadium, or hope that both Oldham (away at Gateshead) and North Wales Crusaders (away at Whitehaven) lose.
The win over the Cambrians, in front of the club’s biggest crowd of the season, was their third win in four games.
They have beaten Rochdale (56-36) and South Wales Scorpions (64-6) at home and their only defeat in the last five weeks was a 40-22 reversal at North Wales Crusaders - one reason why Miller will not be underestimating the size of the Dons’ task.
“They’ve been scoring a lot of points of late, and it’s never easy down there with it being a narrow pitch, so we are expecting a tough game,” Miller told The Star. “Having said that, we’ve been pretty consistent this season and it’s a game that we should be looking to win, especially with what is at stake.”
Hopeful that hooker Kyle Kasich- a key figure in this season’s pack - will be fit after missing the last game with a calf injury, Miller could find himself with a selection headache in several positions - especially if skipper Craig Robinson declares himself fit.
But Miller, who has leading points scorer Tom Hudson available again after a broken thumb, is not complaining.
“It’s better to be in this position than scratching around for a side ahead of such a big game and the play-offs,” he said.
The club have decided against travelling down to the capital on Saturday and staying overnight.
“We’ve spoke about it but we’ve decided to set off early and stop for something to eat and stretch our legs,” said Miller.