Doncaster Knights will be hoping to complete a hat trick of wins over Bedford Blues in today’s Championship clash at Goldington Road.
Andy Bulumakau missed the return B&I Cup game at Bedford after suffering an ankle injury in the win at Castle Park but is hoping to be involved this weekend.
Like his team-mates, Bulumakau was bitterly disappointed to end up on the losing side against the Titans last Sunday.
“Although we picked up a losing bonus point, which we haven’t always done when we’ve lost this season, we thought that we’d go on to win the game after taking the lead late on,” he said.
“We came back well from being 20-9 down and we showed our never-say-die spirit.”
Despite the result, Bulumakau was pleased to be involved in a game which provided great entertainment for the 3,000-plus crowd and Sky Sports viewers.
“It was a great derby game. It’s the first big derby game I’ve been involved in here at Castle Park,” he said.
Knights have now lost their last six league games but Bulumakau claims, with some justification, that the team are not playing like a team on such a disappointing run.
“There is a good spirit in the camp and you have to have that no matter what situation you are in in this league,” he said.
Looking ahead to the Bedford game, Bulumakau, said: “You could tell when we played them in the B&I Cup that they are a much stronger team at home.
“They like to play an open game which suits us, and they use the pitch – which has a big slope on it – very well.
“But, as I say, we’ve already beaten them down there so we should go into the game with some confidence.
“It’s a big game, as is the home game against Jersey the following week, because we need to start picking up wins.
“I’m confident that we’ll stay up. We just need two or three wins to be safe.
“We might be second bottom but I don’t think we are far off most of the other teams. It’s only the top four or five who have got away from the rest.”