Doncaster Knights: Griffiths to check on in-form Owen

Will Owen
Will Owen

Doncaster Knights boss Clive Griffiths was due to check on in-form centre Will Owen when the players reported back for training today.

The former Rotherham man suffered a knee injury in Sunday’s B&I Cup success at Bristol – an injury which took some of the gloss off the club’s first win in three outings.

“Hopefully it’s not as serious as we first thought,” said the Welshman, who felt Owen got the better of former Knights’ star Will Hurrell.

Were Owen to be ruled out of Sunday’s home Championship game against Cornish Pirates it would further reduce Griffiths’ already limited back-line options.

“We are down to the bare bones when it comes to the backs,” he said.

“We had academy back James Wright on debut and we may have to bring in another for the weekend unless Junior Bulumakau and Charlie Foley, who both missed the Bristol game, prove their fitness later this week.

In their absence, fly-half Declan Cusack donned the No 15 shirt. “Declan did a good job,” said Griffiths. “He doesn’t give us same pace in attack that Paul Jarvis or Junior Bulumukau does, but he’s steady and he’s got good hands and he gives us an extra ball-player. His kick returns were also suberb.”

Others to catch Griffiths’ eye included scrum-half Tom James, second-row pairing Nick Civetta and Tom Peck and academy flanker Sam Jones.

“Sam played his best game for us and for him to go down there and shine as he did was pretty outstanding,” he said.

Reflecting on the game, he said: “It was a very good performance, especially when you consider we had three players sin-binned and played a man short for 23 minutes.

“We are back in contention but the most important thing for me was to put the last two weeks behind us and play some footie and we did that.

“We scored 33 points and, without wishing to be disrespectful to Bristol, we could have scored a few more had we taken the chances we created. Poor finishing cost us at least two tries.

“In the end the missed chances didn’t cost us and that’s three wins for us at Ashton Gate and it would be interesting to see if any other Championship side has ever won three back-to-back games there.”