Doncaster Knights: We’ll treat Rosslyn Park like any other game - Griffiths

Mat Clark (centre) battles his way through the Old Albanian defence. Picture: Malcolm Billingham
Mat Clark (centre) battles his way through the Old Albanian defence. Picture: Malcolm Billingham

Clive Griffiths is keen to play down the ‘must-win’ tag attached to today’s top of the table clash with Rosslyn Park.

The Knights took one step closer to promotion and the National One title following a comfortable victory over Old Albanian.

However, second-placed Rosslyn matched Griffiths’ men as they came from behind to beat Esher.

Park’s 38-30 bonus point win means they trail Doncaster by seven points going into this weekend’s huge fixture.

Today’s game is one of huge significance. Should Knights prevail they will take some catching at the top, while victory for Rosslyn would set up a thrilling end to the season.

However, director of rugby Griffiths insists it has been business as usual in the build-up.

“If we win I don’t think that it’s done and dusted,” he said.

“We still have four games to play and we need to win every single one of them.

“It’s a must-win game in terms of making life easier for the next three games, but we’ll be treating it the same way we always do.

“If we win it will mean there’s a little bit of a cushion and we can kick-on into our final games of the season.

“But we’re preparing in the same way, previewing the opposition throughout the week and working on different plays. It’s a normal week for us.

“I’m looking forward to the game,” he added.

“It was a good game at Castle Park and we’re expecting a good following with us down there. They will play a massive part for us.”

Griffiths watched on as his side were comfortable in their 25-10 victory over Old Albanian last Saturday, with the Hertfordshire side only posing a real threat in the opening stages of the game.

However, Griffiths did admit his side’s performance was ‘a bit patchy’.

“Once we put it right, we were a lot better on the pitch, particularly in the second half,” he said.

“A win is a win.

“We just have to keep winning now, these next four games are crucial.”

Griffiths expects to have Ben Hunter back from injury for this afternoon’s trip to Roehampton.