Jarvis sets sights on the Premiership! Can former Boston Rugby Club youngster guide Doncaster Knights to play-off victory against Bristol?

Paul Jarvis.
Paul Jarvis.

Paul Jarvis is hoping to lead the Doncaster Knights into the Aviva Premiership.

The former Boston Rugby Club player is back in action following a nine-week lay-off due to foot surgery, and the full back has been named in the starting XV for tonight’s Championship play-off final first leg against Bristol at Castle Park.

Paul Jarvis in action for Boston.

Paul Jarvis in action for Boston.

Looking ahead to the tie, Jarvis said: “Obviously we’ll be looking to try and win it and take a lead into the game at Ashton Gate, but there is no point in trying to change the way we’ve been playing.

“They’ve got more experience of finals than we have, but given what has happened to them in those finals it’s not a good experience.

“They’ve definitely got more demons than we have.

“We know we’ll be going into the final as massive underdogs but all the pressure and expectation is on them.

“Although we want to win the final no matter what happens in the two games it’s been a great season for us.”

After making his return, Jarvis - a former Boston Grammar School pupil - put on a fine display in the Knights’ semi-final second leg tie against Yorkshire Carnegie, making several trademark attacking runs.

“It was nice to play well but it has taken a bit of time to get back into it because I’d not been able to do any running while I was injured,” he said.

“I was a bit worried when I first came back because when you’ve been out a long time often something else goes wrong but I’m feeling a lot better now with a few games under my belt.

“Although we lost the second leg (17-14) I think 100 per cent that we deserved to go through on aggregate.”

The match kicks off at 7.45pm and will be broadcast on Sky Sports 2.