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Saturday, 01 November 2014

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Whitehaven players have play-offs place in their sights

Whitehaven players still have high hopes of ending the Championship season in style according to coach Dave Woods.

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Dave Woods: ’ We need to take the bull by the horns’

The Aussie says his players are targeting the play-offs and should be confident after recent performances.

“The boys are talking about semi-finals and finishing as high up as they can,” said Woods, who takes his team to Doncaster this Sunday.

“When you look at the points difference on the league table, one win can push you right up, as well as one loss knocking you back down.

“Everything can change in one week but we are hoping to finish as high up as possible.”

The clash against Doncaster is another tough ask for the Haven side, just a week after they tackled league leaders Leigh Centurions and nearly pulled off a shock win.

Woods added: “When everyone writes you off there is no pressure on you, you can just go out there and enjoy what you are doing.

“But when teams start to notice you, it makes it more difficult but the boys are confident that they can go to Doncaster and get a win.

“I think other teams are worried about us now. But we have to go to Doncaster and put in another big performance. It is up to us to do that.”

There are doubts over the fitness of winger Craig Calvert and forward Samir Tahraoui ahead of the game.

Calvert damaged the ligaments in his hand in the 24-10 defeat against Leigh while Tahraoui limped from the field in the same game after turning his ankle. Woods will give both late fitness tests to see if they will feature.

This Sunday’s game with Doncaster has been moved to Doncaster RUFC ground, Castle Park as the Keepmoat Stadium is undergoing work to the pitch.

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