‘Championship is our priority’ declares Clive Griffiths as Doncaster Knights resume B&I Cup campaign

Clive Griffiths, left.
Clive Griffiths, left.

Doncaster Knights boss Clive Griffiths reckons the club need just one win from their remaining Pool 4 games to progress to the knockout stages of the B&I Cup.

Knights resume their B&I Cup campaign, after a disappointing sequence of results in the Championship, against Bedford at Goldington Road tonight.

The Doncaster side go into the tie boasting a 100 per cent record from their three games in October – a record which includes a six-try 36-20 win over the Blues at Castle Park.

Tries have been hard to come by since then, however, and they have only managed to touch down once since resuming their Championship campaign.

Although Griffiths felt that his charges were unlucky not to pick up any reward in the defeats against Bristol and London Scottish last weekend, the fact remains that they have drawn a blank in all three league games – statistics which appear to have led to a change of heart.

“I said that we’d have a dig at doing well in the B&I Cup this season and we have,” he said.

“We obviously want to get back to winning ways but I won’t lose any sleep over it if we don’t qualify for the knockout stages.

“Since we beat Bedford we’ve dropped from fourth to ninth in the table and the teams at the bottom have started picking up points and closing the gap on us, so picking up league up points at Nottingham next month is vital.

“The main priority is to pick up enough points to stay in the Championship.”