Build-up: Coventry v Doncaster Knights

Tyson Lewis fights off a defender to score against Wharfedale.
Tyson Lewis fights off a defender to score against Wharfedale.

They may be out of the promotion race but delivering a hammerblow to the Knights’ own quest will be incentive enough for Coventry this weekend.

That is the verdict of Knights director of rugby Clive Griffiths ahead of the first of the two away games that will decide his side’s fate.

Griffiths is expecting no favours from Coventry, who were swept aside by the Knights’ promotion rivals Rosslyn Park last weekend which ensured Doncaster’s lead at the top remained a slender four points.

“Coventry didn’t do anything at Rosslyn and it depends what mood they are in this weekend but I can’t see them rolling over,” Griffiths said.

“Wharfedale came to us at the weekend with nothing to play for but they were committed.

“Coventry have nothing to play for but for the fact of stopping us getting promoted and saying they were the team to do it.

“Their coach was less than complimentary about us when they came up to us and I’m sure he’ll be the same this week.

“We’ll just take it as it comes.”

Griffiths is convinced chasing Rosslyn Park will take maximum points from their final two games at Hull Ionians and against Cinderford.

So he insists only two wins will do for Knights to hold on to top spot.

He said: “We go down there knowing that two wins will get us promoted and our fate is in our hands.

“With due respect, Hull aren’t going to take Rossyln and neither are Cinderford.

“They’re guaranteed ten points so we’ve got to win the games.”

Though the end of the season is fast approaching, the Knights’ injury woes show no sign of abating.

Roberto Santamaria suffered a suspected broke arm in the win over Wharfedale while Chris Walker picked up a depressed fracture.

Griffiths said: “They are two big players who we won’t have for the two big games so we’ll have to limp over the line.”