Doncaster Knights v Worcester Warriors: Griff’s Gladiators relishing Warriors clash

Doncaster Knights' Matt Challinor. Picture: Andrew Roe
Doncaster Knights' Matt Challinor. Picture: Andrew Roe

Be the best that you can be.

That’s the simple phrase Clive Griffiths has been drilling into his players as they prepare to face former Premiership outfit Worcester Warriors this weekend.

The Knights are going into the mouthwatering fixture in confident mood following a perfect start to their Championship campaign.

A comfortable opening day victory over Plymouth Albion was this week followed up with a strong comeback at Jersey - signalling that the Knights’ ‘never-say-die’ attitude is alive and well in the Championship.

And the third-place side are now preparing to welcome their opponents of ‘warrior’ proportions in Worcester.

However, Griffiths says his men are ready for the test.

“We’re not taking this league for granted at all and we’re certainly not resting on our laurels but we’re in good form heading into the game with Worcester,” said the Welshman.

“We’re ambitious but not arrogant to think that we can easily make it three wins out of three. It’ll be a massive game and we need to put everything into practice on the day.

“I’ve just told the boys to be the best that you can be. That goes for me too and the coaching staff.

“If we stick to that message, then we will do okay in this league. It’s a tough league but we want to prove what we can do.”

Griffiths admitted his side did not take their chances in the 23-17 win at Jersey as Matt Challinor was the Knights’ only try-scorer.

But the club’s director of rugby felt his side grew in strength on Saturday.

“It was a fight, there’s no doubt about that,” he said.

“It’s a tough place to go. The lads were in really good mood heading into the game and they showed good strength and character as the game went on.

“There’s a really good spirit among the boys.

“Now, it’s all about keeping the focus and momentum going for Worcester.

“After that, there’s Leeds (Yorkshire Carnegie) and Cornish Pirates who will be fighting so these next three games will really shape things.”