Doncaster Knights: Henley’s ‘whooping and hollering’ can be our motivation - Griffiths

Clive Griffiths. Picture: Malcolm Billingham
Clive Griffiths. Picture: Malcolm Billingham

Doncaster Knights have lost just four times this season, but one of them was at Henley Hawks and director of rugby Clive Griffiths is out to prevent a double this weekend.

Henley got the better of the SSE National league One leaders back in October, edging to a narrow 11-10 win as the visitors were left to rue a missed conversion either side of half time.

But despite indifferent away form of late – Griffith’s side have lost four of their last seven on the road – Doncaster boast the league’s only 100 per cent record at home.

They welcome a Henley side with just two away wins all season and the Knights will be keen to use the result back in October to preserve their impeccable home record.

Griffiths expects the Hawks to be confident but with a seven-point lead at the top of the table, his side will also head into the clash in a buoyant mood.

“Henley have plenty of confidence because they beat us earlier in the season,” said Griffiths.

“And I’ve heard they’re looking to do the double on us so they will come up with a bit of arrogance.

“We are at home this time and away we thought a penalty had gone between the posts at the end so it was a bit controversial.

“But it was the linesman’s decision so we can’t argue with that.

“Henley were whooping and hollering at the end however, so the boys remember that.

He added: “I’ve coached a few sessions down there before and I know they’re well-coached, competitive and confident.”

Griffiths admitted Henley’s celebrations were not an isolated incident, as every team in the league has placed a bounty on Doncaster’s head.

And with nine games left in the league season there are plenty of opportunities left for the chasing pack to get one over on the Knights.

However, Griffiths expects his players to take the wild celebrations after defeat and use it as motivation for when the next clash rolls around.

“There’s a lot of games to go, everybody wants to beat us and we’re not just another game to all the other sides,” he added.

“Whenever we lose to other teams we can hear them in the dressing room shouting and singing, so we leave the door open and let the boys soak it all up.

“That’s all part of the game but we like using it as motivation and hopefully it will keep serving us well.”