Doncaster Knights: A three horse race for survival

Clive Griffiths
Clive Griffiths

Doncaster Knights are involved in what looks to be a three-horse race for survival as they prepare to hit the final straight of the 2014-15 Championship campaign.

Given the fact that Knights are two points ahead of Moseley and five clear of Plymouth, they would look to be the bookies’ favourites at this stage to avoid the drop.

But whereas the other two clubs have three home matches in their final six games, Knights have just two.

They also have to visit both teams below them, starting at Moseley tomorrow night.

“It’s huge, as they all are,” said Knights boss Clive Griffiths, whose side suffered a frustrating 28-13 defeat at home to the Birmingham club, whose spoiling tactics won the day at Castle Park.

Although disappointed not to have got something from the Bristol game, Griffiths was pleased with the players’ spirit and work-rate.

Knights will need those qualities and more during the run-in, particularly as they have already lost against five of their remaining six opponents this season.

The only team they have beaten is Plymouth and Griffiths readily admits that he would prefer not to be going down to Brickfields in the last game of the season needing to beat the Devon club to stay up – although that is not to say he would lack confidence in Knights’ ability to do so were that to prove the case.

Moseley would look to have the easier run-in and in addition to hosting Knights, they also entertain Plymouth, who pipped them 19-18 in January.

Moseley have also beaten Rotherham, who they entertain, and drawn with Jersey at home. They only lost by a point and eight points respectively at home to Nottingham and Bedford.

As well as facing their two nearest challengers, Plymouth have to travel to leaders Worcester and entertain second-placed Bristol, who beat them 55-18 at Ashton Gate.

They also visit derby rivals Cornish Pirates, 27-19 winners at Brickfields, and entertain Yorkshire Carnegie with whom they drew 19-19 at Headingley.