Doncaster Knights: Don’t let your guard down against Hull, warns Griffiths

Knights' Bevon Armitage in action against Coventry. Picture: Andrew Roe
Knights' Bevon Armitage in action against Coventry. Picture: Andrew Roe
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Clive Griffiths is not taking any opposition lightly over the festive period despite his side sitting top of the table.

The SSE National League One side are three points ahead of Rosslyn Park after a 39-30 victory against Coventry and face bottom club Hull Ionians on Saturday.

And Griffiths said they will not be treating the game any differently despite the clubs sitting at differing ends of the table.

He said: “We will be favourites for sure but we will be treating it exactly the same as any other game and give them the respect they deserve.

“They have had a change of coaching staff so we will have a new attitude and maybe a new set of tactics to contend with and they will have nothing to lose.

“We’ve already played them and didn’t get the better of them until the second half. Plus they scored four tries in 40 minutes against Esher the other week so that tells you everything.

“But if we can finish the year with a win we’ll still be top and then hopefully we can find the consistency in the second half of the season to stay there.

“The conditions will change in the new year and the top four or five teams will have a say on the final outcome.

“There’s still a lot of rugby to be played and we’ve got a long trip to Worthing as well as tough games at Fylde and Esher right through to Rosslyn Park and Coventry.”

Knights secured a bonus point victory against Coventry on Saturday despite being behind 20-5 at one stage, while Rosslyn Park thrashed this weekend’s opponents Hull 48-0.

And Griffiths highlighted the importance of the comeback and the bonus point in the course of the season.

He added: “We had a mountain to climb but we climbed it and stayed top.

“No disrespect to Hull but we weren’t expecting them to get a result so it was important that we got the extra point.

“We showed everything we needed to show as a rugby team. We had a great start, showed intent and then clawed our way back when we needed to.

“That’s three times now that we’ve bounced straight back with a victory the week after a defeat.

“That shows what the players are capable of – it’s just getting that consistency that will get you the title.”