Doncaster Knights: Three more wins could seal play-off place - Griffiths

Clive Griffiths
Clive Griffiths

Doncaster Knights' destiny is in their own hands as they bid to hang on to their top four spot in the Greene King IPA Championship.

Second-placed Knights are 13 points clear of fifth-placed Jersey with just nine games to go and director of rugby Clive Griffiths believes just three more wins would prove good enough.

With Knights boasting an unbeaten record at home since the opening day of the season, they will not lack confidence in their remaining four games at Castle Park - though the challenges could hardly be tougher.

Derby rivals Rotherham Titans are the first side to check in at Castle Park followed by third-placed Yorkshire Carnegie, leaders Bristol and fourth-placed Bedford.

“Even though Titans are down on their luck at the moment, which has surprised me, they’ve had a few injuries,” said Griffiths. “The fact that it is a derby game will lift them I’m sure.”

On paper at least, Knights face an easier fixture list on the road but Griffiths will be taking nothing for granted.

“Cornish Pirates seem to have turned the corner and are playing well and will be tough side to beat down there,” he said.

“The likes of Moseley and Ealing are fighting for their lives and will be hard to beat.

“People are still saying that they are surprised to see us second in the table at this stage of the season, but we are there on merit. We’ve played well.

“Obviously we want to finish as high as we can but the important thing is to stay in the top four, and I think three more wins would do it to be honest.

“Anything can happen in the play-offs,” he added. “It’s cup-tie football and the fact that both the semi-finals and the finals are played over two legs gives you a chance whoever you play.

“It wouldn’t matter to us if we had to play Bristol because if we want to go up then the likelihood is that we’ll have to beat them.

“We beat them in the B&I Cup last season and we’ve also beaten them at Ashton Gate in the league this season so we don’t fear them.”