Doncaster – and in particular loose forward Mike Emmett - believe that a win at the Summer Bash could turn their season around.
The Dons, who are without a win in 13 and parted company with head coach Paul Cooke only last week, face Hunslet Hawks on Sunday (3.00pm) but are hoping that the new surroundings and atmosphere at Bloomfield Road will inspire them to claim their first points of the season.
Emmett told http://www.rugbyleaguechampionships.co.uk/: “It’s been very tough to be honest, something hasn’t dropped this year. It’s hard to put your finger on and it’s obviously resulted in Paul (Cooke) losing his job.
“I think everybody’s low on confidence. The games which we should have been competing in, we didn’t seem to raise our game, we only seemed to do that against the big teams.”
But Emmett, who is in his fifth season with the club, believes that if Doncaster pick up a win this weekend they’ll kick on. “Everybody will get that little bit of belief back,” he said.
“Without sounding harsh, it’s like a fresh start for everybody. Nobody has played at the Summer Bash before, so everyone will be excited; it’s on television so that might raise a few people to go that little bit more. The lads are looking forward to it, it’s up to us.
“We need some points on the board. We’ve still got the season to finish and the Super 8s, so it’s still not over.
“At Doncaster we’ve always had a good group of guys, a tight group. This weekend we’ve got to take it upon ourselves to raise our game and put in an extra 10 per cent.”
Tickets for the Summer Bash are still available with day tickets for adults starting from £20 and £10 for concessions. Weekend tickets start from £30 for adults and £15 for concessions. Tickets can be purchased by visiting http://www.rugbyleaguetickets.co.uk/ or calling the Rugby League Ticket Hotline on 0844 856 1113.
The 2015 Summer Bash schedule in full is as follows:
Saturday May 23
12.00pm – iPro Sport Cup final, North Wales Crusaders v Swinton Lions
2.30pm – Workington Town v Whitehaven
4.45pm - London Broncos v Sheffield Eagles
7.00pm – Bradford Bulls v Halifax
Sunday May 24
12.45pm - Dewsbury Rams v Batley Bulldogs
3.00pm - Doncaster v Hunslet Hawks
5.15pm – Leigh Centurions v Featherstone Rovers
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