Doncaster Knights: Focus turns to Titans and survival

Doncaster Knights were well beaten by Worcester in the B&I Cup final.
Doncaster Knights were well beaten by Worcester in the B&I Cup final.

Clive Griffiths is confident Doncaster Knights won’t suffer a cup final hangover at Rotherham Titans on Saturday.

Knights were well beaten by Championship high flyers Worcester Warriors in Good Friday’s Castle Park showpiece.

This weekend they turn their attention back to securing their second flight status at Clifton Lane.

Doncaster are 13 points clear of bottom side Plymouth Albion with 15 points left to play for.

Griffiths said: “I gave the players Monday off and from the minute they came in on Tuesday the focus has been on preparing for the game at Clifton Lane.

“It’s a derby and it’s a game we are all looking forward to, especially those with Rotherham connections.

“Hopefully we will either pick up a victory or take something out of the game to make sure that we have secured our Championship status.

“But if Plymouth lose to Bristol we are safe whatever the outcome at Clifton Lane and that has always been the goal.”

Knights were outclassed by Worcester, going down 35-5 in last week’s B&I Cup final.

“We didn’t do ourselves justice,” said Griffiths.

“They scored an early try on the back of a series of errors and kicked a conversion to lead 10-0 and that gave them confidence.

“We didn’t see much of the ball in the first half and when we did get it we gave it away and they continued to take their chances and we came in trailing 29-0.

“I spoke at half time that if we weren’t going to win the game then at least let’s go out and win the second half or win some friends again.

“I also wanted us to regain some self-respect so that we could go into this weekend’s game at Rotherham with some momentum and I think we achieved that. There wasn’t any shouting or bawling in the dressing room.

“We (the coaching staff) said that we are in a big hole and when you are you stop digging so as not to get any deeper.

“They may not have fielded their first team but they have a very strong squad and there is only a cigarette paper between some of the players.”