A ‘catalyst’ derby?

EYES ON THE PRIZE: Knights' Matt Challinor and Rotherham's Toby Freeman with the Yorkshire Regiment Trophy which Saturday's clash is also part of.
EYES ON THE PRIZE: Knights' Matt Challinor and Rotherham's Toby Freeman with the Yorkshire Regiment Trophy which Saturday's clash is also part of.
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CLIVE Griffiths believes victory over fierce rivals Rotherham Titans on Saturday will kick start the Knights’ survival push.

After making excellent progress in their fight with the impressive win over Leeds Carnegie, the Knights slumped to a disappointing 23-9 defeat at survival rivals Moseley on Saturday.

But Griffiths has backed his side to bounce back yet again with a morale-boosting win over their neighbours.

“The lads have shown what they are capable of in that Leeds game,” he said.

“They bounced back from another game we should have won at Cornish Pirates with a brilliant performance against Leeds.

“We’ve been competitive in almost every game, you can’t deny us that.

“But we need to be clinical with that competitiveness.

He added: “I believe if we win the three home games we’ve got left that we’ll not be relegated.

“It’s a massive game on Saturday as they all are, but of course there’s the added extras in this one.

“I’m sure Rotherham will relish the opportunity to hammer a nail in our potential coffin.

“It’s up to us to make sure we don’t let them.

“We’re not a million miles away and it’s still all to play for.”

The Knights’ cause was aided by second bottom Jersey picking up just a losing bonus point from their trip to London Scottish, meaning the gap to safety is just two points.

But Jersey still hold a game in hand over the Knights.

And Griffiths was incredibly frustrated not to return from Moseley with anything to show from the trip.

He said: “It’s just a massively frustrating time because it’s yet another game where we should have got something but we’ve taken nothing.

“Some of the decision making at times left a lot to be desired and it certainly was not what those of us on the sidelines would be looking for.

“We had enough chances to win three games but you’ve got to praise the Moseley defence for some of the tackling.

“Saying that, I believe we lost that game rather than them winning it and that’s the most frustrating thing.

The Welshman handed a debut to code switching centre Will Sharp at Moseley and was pleased with his performance.

“Will did okay, he made a mistake for their first try but otherwise he was good and he could have had one of his own,” Griffiths said.

“He had to come off with an ankle injury but he should be fine for the weekend.”

Griffiths is sweating on the fitness of prop Tom Davies who is struggling with an ankle injury.