THERE is so much riding on what could be a super Sunday for the North Wales Crusaders - but player-coach Carl Forster has been keen to stress it’s just another game of rugby.

Thanks to their stunning spell of recent form, Crusaders have blasted their way through the League 1 play-offs and they’re preparing for Sunday’s huge grand final at Doncaster.

For Forster, though, it’s important to treat the final as just another game.

He told CruCast: “I’ve done this four times. I think this will be my fifth time going into a final or the end of season when you win a league.

“You’ve got to find the balance of making it a special week, but not overdoing it and changing too much, because at the end of the day we’ve got a game of rugby to play and we need to win.

“So, it is making them enjoy the week, but also not making drastic changes and not making them feel like full-time superstars and we’ve still got to train... and do what we do best.

“Do our video sessions and obviously we treat it like any other game.”

Crusaders have become away day specialists over recent weeks.

They opened their play-off run with a 26-10 success at Workington Town and they followed this up with a brilliant 13-12 triumph at Oldham.

Then came last Sunday’s semi-final at league runners-up Hunslet, who were ahead going into the closing quarter.

However, tries from Kieran Taylor and Cole Oakley, plus Owain Abel’s drop goal, saw Crusaders through to a 25-18 triumph at the South Leeds Stadium.

Next up is a meeting with Doncaster, who Crusaders crucially defeated at the start of last month to kick-start their play-off push.

“Obviously, they’re high-flying,” said Forster focusing on Sunday’s opponents.

“They put 36-0 past Oldham. Obviously I’ve watched the game back against Hunslet and they were comfortable.

“It wasn’t the biggest scoreline. I was watching it thinking Doncaster look comfortable.

“They looked like they were going to win.

“So, I think they haven’t lost since the last time we played them. Neither have we.

“They’re going to be riding high. They’re at home. They’re obviously a great outfit.

“But we’ve just got to embrace that challenge and go with it and put our best foot forward.”

Crusaders’ chairman Ian Edwards says the team’s previous victory versus Doncaster will count for little come Sunday afternoon.

He said: “We’re going to go there thinking we are capable of beating them.

“They’ve always been a strong squad, they’ve recruited well recently as well.

“So, anybody that’s thinking that because we beat them in the regular season, that’s an indication of what will happen on Sunday, that isn’t the case at all.

“They’re a different outfit. We’re different to an extent as well, but I don’t think anybody can read too much into that last game against Doncaster.

“But we’re going to go there, we’re going to give it a go.”

Dons coach Richard Horne is another person surprised at Cru’s late surge and he told The Doncaster Free Press: “I expected Hunslet, who have proved a really gritty team who can grind sides down, to prove too strong for Crusaders.”

The regular Super League season comes to a close tonight with both the League Leaders’ Shield and the sixth and final play-off slot still up for grabs.

Leaders Wigan, who are level on points with Catalans Dragons and St Helens, travel to fourth-placed Leigh.

The Dragons head to Salford while St Helens are at home to Hull.

Tonight’s other fixtures: Huddersfield v Warrington; Leeds v Castleford; Wakefield v Hull KR.