DUDLEY Kingswinford RFC host Newport on Saturday looking to clinch a National League Three Midland play-off place.

The Heathbrook outfit need just three more points to confirm their place in the top two with four games still remaining.

Last Saturday’s 57-0 shutout of Hereford was their tenth straight win, a run which has seen them pile the pressure on rivals South Leicester, whose defeat at Longton dealt an almost fatal blow to their hopes of overhauling the Dudley side.

Joint head coach Jon Higgins was full of praise for his players.

He said: “I think that’s just about it now.

“I said before I thought South Leicester would lose at Longton and so it proved.

“Now it’s up to us on Saturday to get the win and get over the line.

“Ultimately it has come down to the great rugby we are playing. We have won ten straight and have made it impossible for teams to get close to us.”

Securing the play-off spot a month before the end of the season will bring its own dilemmas.

Higgins admits he and fellow head coach Pete Knight will sit down and plan the best way to play out three potential dead rubbers.

There are no plans to rest players for the visit of Newport, who will run into a DK side brimming with confidence after the rout at Hereford.

Despite a slow start, Higgins’ side eventually ran in eight unanswered tries, with Stefan Shillingford and Matt Farrington getting two each.

Higgins added: “The problems with games like Saturday is that we go into the game knowing we will win and the opposition know it too.

“It’s a case of going out there and getting the business done.

“We were never going to lose the game and we were probably not quite at our best.

“But had you offered me 57-0 beforehand I would have gladly taken it.”

l DK player-coach Jon Higgins in action, right.