Doncaster Knights posted their first win in five games when booking their place in the B & I Cup semi-finals.
They did so in style with an impressive five-try 38-17 win over Munster A at Castle Park.
“I’m delighted with the result and to be honest we could have put another 20 points on the scoreboard,” said director of rugby Clive Griffiths. “But a win of any description would have done us today.
“You never know what sort of teams such as Munster A turn out so we looked at various combinations – and that’s the sort of thing people don’t see – so when the team dropped on my desk we knew what to expect.”
Despite Knights having done their homework, the Welshman admitted Munster still managed to surprise them.
“The one area we thought that they’d be weak was in the backs but on the day they were particularly strong with their tackling, so we went at them up front and it paid off, he said,
After being second-best in the forward exchanges in the league defeat against Jersey last time out, Griffiths was delighted with the forwards’ dominance on Saturday.
“We also showed we can be dangerous with Bruno Bravo operating on the edges and our kicking game was a little better.” he said.
“But there is still room for improvement. Although we created some lovely stuff we’ve got to look at our wider attacking play.
“We were disappointed with the flimsy tackling which contributed to their two late tries.”
Scrum-half Bravo and flanker Latu Makaafi could both be struggling to be fit for Saturday’s daunting Championship trip to Worcester.