Peter Green is going ‘home’ when Sheffield Eagles play Doncaster for a place in the Northern Rail Cup final tomorrow.
The forward was born there and played 240 games for the Dons before joining Eagles. The semi will test family loyalties with his dad Ray Doncaster’s community manager and mum Jackie running the club office. “It’s quite awkward this week, we’ll go into the game as favourites,” said Peter. “Mum and Dad are involved with Doncaster so it’s difficult for them. We’ve not had much contact this week - we don’t talk about the game.”
He added: “The family will be there as will lots of the kids I coach in Toll Bar’s U8s. Hopefully they will be supporting me.”
Eagles go into the game top of the Championship and with a Challenge Cup quarter-final with London Broncos next month. But for Green, the focus is on making the Rail Cup final. He’s been there before in 2008 when Dons lost to Salford Reds.
“It’s important that we get to the final,” he said. “It’s nice for me to be going back but there are bigger things on the day – the biggest is that we keep improving our performance and get the result.” In the league Eagles won 32-26 but Green doesn’t see that as a guide in derby games.
He adds a warning not to focus too much on Dons’ star player former Super League half-back Paul Cooke.
“That’s unfair and disrespectful to the rest of the players,” he said. “Doncaster beat Featherstone and ran us close when they played in Sheffield. We’ll have to be on our game if we’re to win.”