Knights open up a seven-point safety gap

Ume Fosita, who made an impressive debut for Knights,  is stopped by Carnegie's James Tideswell. Photo: Scott Merrylees

Ume Fosita, who made an impressive debut for Knights, is stopped by Carnegie's James Tideswell. Photo: Scott Merrylees

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The post-match celebrations following Doncaster Knights’ 29-16 win over derby rivals Yorkshire Carnegie at Castle Park said it all.

And no-one was more delighted that the club’s run of nine successive league defeats had come to an end than director of rugby Clive Griffiths, who hit out at the ‘negativity’ which had affected the club.

To add to Griffiths’ joy was the fact that fellow strugglers Plymouth Albion, who have staged something of a revival of late, suffered a heavy defeat at Bedford.

The two results gives Knights, who also have a much better points difference, a seven-point advantage.

“I would have taken that score before the match but it could easily have been a lot more,” said the Welshman

“We produced some great attacking play and how we didn’t score another three or four tries God only knows.

“We went out with intent and instead of it being 19-3 at half-time it could easily have been 29-3 because we had been so dominant.

“I watched Carnegie beat Moseley at Headingley and that proved useful because it gives you a different perspective than a video, and we identified some dangerous players as a result. But until they got their fortuitous try at the end, we knocked them off.”

The game saw Tongan fly-half Ume Fosita make his home debut and he impressed everyone at Castle Park.

“He showed what he can do and the Tongan half-back partnership worked very.well,” enthused Griffiths.

“We needed the win and with Bedford doing us a favour we’ve opened up a bigger gap at the bottom.

“But if we keep playing like we did today we won’t be thinking of gaps at the bottom we’ll be heading towards the middle of the table.”