The Doncaster Dons don’t fear Sheffield Eagles

Mick Butterfield is tackled in the Dons' last meeting with Sheffield Eagles, a 32-26 defeat in March
Mick Butterfield is tackled in the Dons' last meeting with Sheffield Eagles, a 32-26 defeat in March

The Dons will play without fear when they meet the soaring Sheffield Eagles tonight according to head coach Tony Miller.

The Eagles have won their last 13 games and start tonight’s Northern Rail Cup semi final heavy favourites.

But Miller says his side are relishing the opportunity to end their rivals’ hot streak and book their ticket to the final.

“They’re a very good team but are they unbeatable? – No,” Miller said.

“We gave them a very good game at their place in March and it was on a knife-edge for the majority.

“To get to any cup final, you have to beat the best teams out there and there’s no doubting Sheffield are one of the best.

“It goes without saying that it won’t be easy. You don’t win 13 on the bounce without being something special.

“We’re all looking forward to the occasion.

“Opportunities to reach a final are few and far between.

“Some of our lads may never have this chance again so they have to go out and grab it.”

Miller has dismissed concerns from Eagles coach Mark Aston over the state of the pitch at Doncaster Athletics Stadium, the makeshift venue for the clash.

He said: “We train there every Friday and the pitch is perfect. I think they’ll be surprised.”

Kick off is 7.30pm.