Doncaster Knights v Cornish Pirates: Griffiths unfazed by ‘bogey team’ stats

Dougie Flockhart has been in excellent form so far this season - although he missed out on the September Player of the Month award after making the shortlist.

Dougie Flockhart has been in excellent form so far this season - although he missed out on the September Player of the Month award after making the shortlist.

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There will be many Doncaster Knights’ fans who will be worried that Cornish Pirates will scupper the club’s hopes of a fourth win in five starts this weekend given their record at Castle Park.

Pirates proved something of a bogey team during the club’s previous stint in the Championship and have an enviable record at the Armthorpe Road ground.

“I don’t believe in bogey teams,” said director of rugby, Clive Griffiths.

“I’m not one for past statistics because they were games played by different players.

“We are not going to spoil what was an excellent result at Headingley on Sunday by putting on a mediocre performance against Pirates.”

Pirates will make the long trip north buoyed by their first victory of the season against Moseley last weekend.

“It’s perhaps not surprising they have struggled a bit because they’ve had a lot of changes at the top with one of their main backers taking a bit more of a back seat,” said Griffiths.

“But just as we have done this season, they are capable of winning on the road and we’ve got to treat them with respect.

“It would be a massive result for us to go into the British & Irish Cup campaign the following week having won four of our first five games back in the Championship.

“It would be a dream come true because it would mean that we had opened a gap between ourselves and the bottom, and being there in our previous season at this level we know what it is like.

“That would give us confidence going into our next league game at Bristol, which will be a real humdinger, and we follow that with two home games against Moseley and London Scottish, which are both winnable.

“I know it’s dangerous to look ahead but if we can get to the turn with six or seven wins that would be tremendous.”