Knights face tough battle

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DONCASTER Knights are hoping to book their place in the last eight of the British & Irish Cup in tomorrow’s final Pool Five game against Swansea at Castle Park (2pm).

But second-placed Knights’ fate is out of their own hands after losing two of their previous three pool games and their hopes depend as much on the outcome of the Pontypridd-Leeds Carnegie game tomorrow night as the outcome of the Swansea game.

“We can still make it but we have to win and pick up a bonus point to be in with a chance, “ said Knights’ boss Brett Davey. “I don’t know a great amount about Swansea to be honest; I tend not to follow the rugby back home.”

“We’ve used the players sparingly so far in the B & I Cup so as not to overload them. Not only is the league our priority, but we’ve also got a duty of care to our players as well and that’s the most important thing.

“But we’ll be picking a good side tomorrow and If we get through to the quarter-finals then we’ll go for it - there’s no doubts about it.

“We also had a good win in the league at London Scottish last weekend and we just want to keep on building and try and maintain the momentum before we play Leeds at home on Boxing Day. Our last home game was against the Pirates and, even though we lost, we played really well and we want to do something similar again in terms of performance.”

Irrespective of whether Knights, beaten semi-semi-finalists two years ago, progress any further in the B & I Cup, Davey would like to see significant changes to the competition.

“If you have no investment you are not going to get a buy in from the clubs,” he said. The fact, like other clubs, that we’ve played Wednesday night matches hasn’t helped the situation. Most teams aren’t capable of playing two Championship matches and a B & I Cup game in eight days, as we’ve done on several occasions.”