Doncaster Knights v Cornish Pirates: We’re up for the cup - Griffiths

Dougie Flockhart
Dougie Flockhart

Having thrown down the gauntlet to their B&I Cup Pool D rivals at Cross Keys, the Knights now hope to win successive battles at home.

“That’s the aim.” said Knights director of rugby Clive Griffiths following the 37-32 win at Pandy Park.

“We’ve got the hard one out of the way and we’ve now got two back-to-back games against Cornish Pirates and Bedford Blues coming up.

“If at the end of that period we are three (wins) and nought, then it would be looking very promising for the quarter-finals.

“We’ve only played one game, and it is dangerous to look ahead.

“But I’ve said that we are going to give it a go because I feel we’ve got a good enough squad and good back-up with Leicester as well if we do get a few knocks, so it would be foolish not to give it a go.

“As I say, we are not getting carried away because there is a lot of rugby to be played. But with a following wind, the bounce of the ball and the luck of the draw, it is a competition in which we could do well.

“We needed to get back on the horse on Saturday after losing to Cornish Pirates in the league the week before and the boys showed a lot of determination.

“Whatever competition you are playing in it’s all about winning so that you go into the next game with some momentum.

“It was a very good win,” he added.

“Any team who goes down to Wales and beats one of the top Principality Premiership sides can be satisfied.

“Welsh sides always raise their game anyway when they play English sides, especially at home.

“What made it even tougher for us on Saturday was the fact that they had around nine players from Newport Gwent Dragons in their squad.”

Griffiths rung the changes at the weekend with five men making their starting debuts this season, and he admits the form of some of the players has caused him a few selection headaches ahead of the Pirates’ game.

Winger Andy Bulumakau certainly staked his claim with what Griffiths described as a ‘gem of a try’.

“He knocked off a couple of defenders and then accelerated away. It was an outstanding individual effort,” he enthused.

Veteran head coach Glen Kenworthy also played around 50 minutes.

“Glen never ever lets anybody down and it’s good to have a man like that in your corner,” said Griffiths.

The Welshman was also delighted to see Will Foden make his first competitive start of the season.

He said: “It’s going to take him a while to get back to the top of his game but I’m so pleased to see him back because I’m not sure people understand how bad his injury was.”