Doncaster Knights: Hard route taken to brink of title says Griffiths

Clive Griffiths

Clive Griffiths

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Anyone present for the heart-stopping closing moments at Coventry will agree with Clive Griffiths when he says the Knights have done things the hard way.

A late, late try and a last kick drop goal miss ensured the Knights came away from Butts Park Arena with the narrowest of wins.

But the four points for the league table were all that mattered, ensuring the Knights will be promoted if they win at Blackheath next weekend.

Given the nervy end to the campaign, plus the amount of injuries suffered by the club this season, Griffiths is by no means laying it on thick with his ‘hard way’ assessment.

“If we win promotion we have done it the hard way, but if we do we will have deserved it,” Griffiths said. “Blackheath will want to beat us just as every other team does.

“But there is no more incentive needed to beat Blackheath than the incentive to be champions and get promotion.

“We went into the last two games knowing we had to win both, it was as simple as that.

“All we are thinking about is the next minute of the next game of rugby.

“We will do exactly what we normally do. We can’t look at the game as anything else other than a game of rugby.

“It has nothing at all to do with the title, just an 80 minute rugby match and that is all we’re focusing on.”

The Knights have a blank weekend as they prepare for the trip to Blackheath.

A comprehensive victory at Hull Ionians saw second placed Rosslyn Park cut the Knights’ lead at the top down to three points.

Griffiths expects Rosslyn to earn another five points in their final day clash at home to Cinderford, meaning only a win will do for his side.

And he is happy to have the break in order to get ready for Blackheath.

He said: “The week off has come at the right time and we will be refreshed to face Blackheath, as they will.

“We have lost players to injury but we have got some great replacements coming in, it’s been a full squad effort.

“I just hope we will do it because over the course of the season we have deserved it.”