DONCASTER KNIGHTS: Boss Griffiths sounds Knights Cup battle cry

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DONCASTER Knights are geared up for a second successive Anglo-Welsh battle in eight days at Castle Park tomorrow.

Knights ground out a 16-13 British & Irish Cup Pool 8 win over Llandovery last week to join the Welsh Premiership club in top spot.

Victory in the return would see Knights go clear at the top with just two games to go.

“We have given ourselves a chance of getting through to the quarter-finals and if it happens it happens,” said new Knights’ boss Clive Griffiths.

“Obviously we want to win to keep the momentum going, but our main focus is the Championship. We are still in a precarious position and everything we are working on in training and in this weekend’s match is geared towards being competitive in our last league game of the year at Bristol.”

He added: “Having played each other last week we’ll both know what to expect but I think we will have learnt more than them.

“We are also at home which is always an advantage.”

Griffiths gave a first run-out to several forwards he had not seen in action since taking over last month last weekend and was impressed.

“They all did well and pressed their claim for a start this weekend and they have given me a selection headache, which as a coach is what you are wanting,” he said.

Griffiths was critical of the quality of the stop-start nature of the game in Wales last weekend and is hoping for a more attractive encounter.

“I’m a fan of the game and I don’t want to see the ball up in the air all the time,” he told The Star.

“There are times you need to kick the ball and slow the game down and that is when game-management comes into play. But I will always want us to move the ball in the right areas of the field and entertain the crowd whenever possible.”