Doncaster Knights: Championship survival in our sights - Clive Griffiths

Doncaster's director of rugby, Clive Griffiths
Doncaster's director of rugby, Clive Griffiths

Doncaster Knights boss Clive Griffiths claims the promoted club are within sight of securing their Championship status for another season.

“We’ve got back-to-back home games against Moseley and London Scottish and if we can win both then I think we could start to relax as regards relegation this season,” he said.

“It would give us five victories and with a few bonus points along the way that should be enough.

“But we are not taking anything for granted and as we have seen anybody (outside of possibly the top two) can beat anybody on their day.”

Griffiths, who will look to set new targets once Championship rugby has been secured, says his side will certainly be treating lowly Moseley seriously after taking in their surprise 16-9 win over third-placed London Scottish at the weekend.

“They impressed me big time on the day,” he said

“They led 6-3 at the interval and although London Scottish got back level early in the second half from that point on they dominated and played the atrocious conditions well.

“Scottish missed their lineouts and kept knocking on and Moseley were in their face harrying them and kicking the ball through and it was typical ‘Roy of the Rovers’ stuff. They’ve got some good players of their own and have good links with their big neighbours.

“The ground has a sloping pitch and they play it very well and it’s going to be a tough game when we go there.”

Although Knights will go into the game on the back of a second successive Championship defeat, Griffiths does not expect the 24-12 reversal away to unbeaten leaders Bristol last Friday to have a negative affect.

He insists there were far more positives on a night when Knights came within three minutes of a losing bonus point, and argues only a crippling penalty count in the second half prevented them from taking the game to Bristol more than they did.

“When the other side is being awarded a penalty an average of every three minutes it’s very hard to get out of your half,” said Griffiths.