A nail biting climax to the season is guaranteed in the Championship with little points difference between the safety of a play off place and a relegation place , with the uncertainty’s that the drop to Championship One would bring . Its a point not lost on the long serving hooker .
‘It’s getting cut throat out there ‘ he commented ‘At the moment it looks like a straight battle between us and Whitehaven to stay out of that bottom five but there are a few clubs above us that have a tough run in to the end of the season and I’d expect to see a couple of others slip into the mix. It’s getting very interesting and to add to it, I’d expect to see those Clubs already doomed to the drop like Barrow causing a few surprises . At those clubs you’ve got players wanting to impress either to find a new club or keep a contract for 2015 and I’m sure we’ll see a few shock results before the end of the season.’
Two tries from James Haley helped secure a 34 -10 victory for the Cougars in corresponding fixture last year and the home support will be looking for a similar victory today against a Doncaster side who are currently on a five match unbeaten run , and lying 4th in the Championship table .
Player Coach Paul Cooke has been the catalyst for the Dons revival with the veteran stand off still a force to be reckoned with on the field . A dual reg agreement with Cooke’s former club Hull has also seen the Dons being able to call on the talents of players such as Ben Crookes Richard Whiting and Jacob Millar during the 2014 season. Former Leicester Tiger Pas Dunn could make his full debut for the vistors , after making a big imapct from the bench in last weeks victory against Swinton , whilst Mike Emmett and Lee Waterman have been cleared to play by the RFL after facing the disciplinary panel following a brawl in the same game.
Cougars Coach Paul March in his first home game back after his stadium ban , looks to welcome back Scrum half Paul Handforth, Prop Jode Sheriffe and hooker Luke Haigh to the Keighley ranks and March is aware of what will be required to overturn the consistent Dons
Talking to the RFL he said ‘“Togetherness and belief is the big thing.“We’ve got the skills and the systems to break teams down, but we’ve just got to have that belief instead of switching off at times.”
Keighley Cougars v Doncaster RLFC -Cougar Park -Sunday 27th July- Kick off 3pm
curtain raiser Cougars Select v Bumble Bees RU kick off 12.30pm