CUTTING out the mistakes will be pivotal if the North Wales Crusaders are to continue their play-off run on Sunday.

That's the view of Brad Billsborough, who is looking for the Crusaders to bounce back from last weekend's League 1 play-off loss to the Keighley Cougars when they host Doncaster this weekend.

The Stadiwm ZipWorld outfit will be looking to put memories of a humbling defeat to bed as they aim to make progress in the play-offs.

Back in June, Doncaster hammered the Crusaders 68-0 in their own back yard.

"We have got to look after the ball and not give away silly penalties," admitted Billsborough, who said a boring win would do the Crusaders, if it meant they made it through to the next stage.

He added: "Doncaster will throw everything at us."

It is a must-win game for both sides, with the Crusaders falling to a 28-14 loss to Keighley in their opening play-off encounter.

Billsborough and Pat Ah Van crossed the whitewash for the Crusaders versus Keighley, helping their side recover from an early 14-0 deficit.

However, two Brenden Santi tries eventually settled it in the Cougars' favour.

"Keighley is always a tough game," said Billsborough.

"Luckily, because we have done well in the league, we get a second chance now.

"Once we got it back to 14-all, the lads were buzzing.

"But it was just silly decisions and silly mistakes from us, which were uncharacteristic.

"It's down to completion rates and looking after the ball.

"When we have lost, it's not looking after the ball and not respecting it.

"Doing that in play-off games, it costs you."

Brandon Douglas was a two-try hero as Doncaster made sure of progress in the play-offs with victory over Hunslet last Sunday.

Reflecting on that match, the prop said: “We’ve had a few tough games recently and the week of training we had set us up for this one.

“It was a big battle in the forwards but that’s what we’re here for, I thought we more than matched them.

“We lost Zac (Braham) early and it meant the rest of us middles had a bit more work to do but we stood up to the test.”

While this will be the final game on home turf in 2021 for the North Wales side, they will be hoping there are two more away matches to be played this season.

If the Crusaders manage to defeat Doncaster, they will then travel to the loser of the encounter between Workington Town and Keighley Cougars the following weekend, leaving them just one match away from the play-off final.

Tickets are on sale and they are priced at £12 for adults, £10 for concessions and £5 for U16s.

Season tickets aren’t valid for the play-offs.

For any Crusaders fans wanting to travel from Wrexham to Colwyn Bay, a coach is available for £6 per person and places can also be booked online.