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Kingstone Press Championship previews

27th of August 2013
Kingstone Press Championship previews

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Wednesday August 28

Kingstone Press Championship

Doncaster v York City Knights (7.30pm)

Doncaster hooker Kyle Kesik looks certain to miss Wednesday’s Kingstone Press Championship clash with York after breaking his nose.

Doncaster lost their last match 24-10 against Dewsbury, prompting coach Tony Miller to admit his side needs to make major improvements in the final week of the regular season.

Miller said: “Unless we dramatically improve we won’t make an impact on the play-offs.

“We need to hit a bit of form and take confidence into the play-offs.”

Under-pressure York travel without James Ford, but Jack Aldous and Kris Brining could return to Gary Thornton’s side.

Defeat for the Knights would confirm their relegation to Kingstone Press Championship One.

Thornton said: “It’s becoming pretty desperate for us now, there’s no doubting that.

“If we lose, then the trip to Batley (on Sunday) will be totally irrelevant.”

Featherstone Rovers v Sheffield Eagles (7.30pm, Premier Sports)

Rovers’ football manager Sean Long says Featherstone will aim for a “perfect” display when they face Sheffield on Wednesday.

The top of the table showdown sees Featherstone needing to win by more than 12 points if they are to leapfrog Eagles ahead of the last game of the regular season.

Long said:  “Our pack is going well and our defence is going well. We’ve just got to keep improving and keep striving for the perfect performance.

“Everyone’s talking about this game. It’s going to be a massive game. We’ve got to beat them by 13 points and it’s a feat in itself just to beat them because they’re a top side.

“Hopefully we can put in a good performance like we did against Whitehaven.”

Colton Roche and Joe Hirst could both come into contention for Sheffield, who have a slight doubt over Mitch Stringer (back).

Eagles coach Mark Aston said: “It would take the gloss off a great season if we don’t go to Featherstone, win and take the league leader’s shield.”

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