LISC Guide to the Play-offs

LISC Guide to the Play-offs
Page Updated – 28th April 2017

London Irish have already guaranteed top place in the Championship table, this means we have the advantage of playing the home leg second in the Play Off Semi Final and also in the Final should we win our Semi Final.

Our Semi Final opponents will be Doncaster Knights.

The away leg of the Semi Final will be played on Sunday 30th April with a 3pm Kick-off.

Doncaster Knights
A day trip by train from Reading & London is possible for this possible match.
From Reading, you would need to change trains in London for the outward journey, but there are direct services from Doncaster to Reading for the homeward journey.
There are regular direct services from London Kings Cross to Doncaster.
For those travelling from Reading via London, you may find it cheaper to buy a London Travel-card to cover the Reading to London part of the trip and separate tickets from Kings Cross to Doncaster.

From Doncaster Railway station, it is a short walk to the Frenchgate Interchange bus station. Buses 81/82 run every 15 minutes. Although this reduces to every 30 minutes after 6pm. Travelling out from the station, the nearest bus stop to the ground is at the Sportsman pub – however there is a closer stop for the return journey.

For those planning on driving – journey planners suggest it is about 3 hours 15 mins from Reading and 3 hours 5 mins from Sunbury – although it is always advisable to allow extra time, better to arrive early than late.

For more information – please check the Doncaster Knights page in the LISC Guide to the Championship.

Note: Parking is likely to be limited as a fair amount of space will be taken up by the Sky TV trucks.
The cost of parking is £5 per vehicle and you are advised to arrive early if you wish to secure a space on site.
Provisions are also in place for two offsite car parks, the first is at Outwood Academy, Danum which is located a couple of hundred metres from Castle Park and is clearly signposted from Armthorpe Road.
The second is Armthorpe Academy, situated just one mile from Castle Park, on Mere Lane – Armthorpe, the number 81 & 82 bus services, which run along Armthorpe Road past Castle Park, also pick up and drop off outside the Academy on Mere Lane.

Tickets are now available from the Doncaster Knights website.

Semi-Final Home Leg
Our home leg of the Semi Final will be played on Saturday 6th May, with a 1:15pm kick-off.
Tickets are now on sale from the London Irish ticket office (0118 968 1016) and website.

There does not appear to be any engineering work affecting the main train routes into Reading on this day.

There are roadworks starting later in April on the A33 between town and the Madejski that could increase journey times. The info we’ve found mentions that there will not be any lane closures on football match days, but no mention of rugby match days.
For those travelling by road from South-West London – we understand that the M3 will be closed in both directions between junctions 2 & 3.
And for those travelling from the Newbury/Swindon areas – the M4 will be closed in both directions between junctions 12 & 13. The planned M4 closure has been cancelled.

Play-Off Final
The dates for the Final are Wednesday 17th & Wednesday 24th May – at 7:45pm for both dates. If we progress to the final, our home leg will be on 24th May.

TV Coverage
We understand that both legs of both semi finals & the final will be broadcast live on SKY TV.