Doncaster Knights: We need to be quick off the mark again insists Griffiths

Tyson Lewis scored after 8.13 seconds for the Knights at Old Albanians.
Tyson Lewis scored after 8.13 seconds for the Knights at Old Albanians.

Tyson Lewis’ claim for the fastest try in rugby union history was exactly what the Knights needed, according to Clive Griffiths.

The flying winger raced onto the kick off, collected and scored in 8.13 seconds to get the Knights off to the best possible start at Old Albanians on Saturday.

Lewis went over again in the third minute with Paul Roberts’ conversions giving Griffiths’ men an early 14-0 lead and helping them run out 33-17 winners in Hertfordshire.

The victory ended a run of two consecutive defeats on the road for the Knights.

“You want to get off to a flying start and there’s no better way than that,” Griffiths said.

“I think that’s exactly what we were lacking in the defeats at Henley and Blaydon.

“Scoring straight away and doing it again just after sends out the message that we mean business.

“The opposition know they’ve got a mountain to climb before they’ve even had time to catch their breath.

“There’s some dispute over whether it is the fastest try in history but we’ll take it.

“You’re not going to score after eight seconds every week but it showed the importance of starting as you mean to go on.”

Griffiths was able to breathe at least a short sigh of relief after Saturday’s game with no new names joining the Knights’ long injury list.

He confirmed Dougie Flockhart and Mat Clarke are still being assessed with no timeframe given for their returns.

Griffiths was pleased with the contribution of new signing Steve Bannister, who crossed the codes from North Wales Crusaders.

He said: “Steve did really well for us, particularly in defence so all in all it was a great debut.

“He didn’t get the chance to show much of what he can do with the ball but that will come.

“It was a tough shout having to put him in from the start but he proved himself more than capable.

“He might be a League player but he knows his way around the backs enough.”

Bannister looks set for a second consecutive start when the Knights welcome second place Rosslyn Park on Saturday.

The South London outfit have lost just once this season and trail the Knights by three points in the National One standings.

Griffiths believes a brand of ‘good’ rugby could be key to victory this weekend.

He said: “Rosslyn Park are a big, big side with powerful forwards.

“They’ve got a good set of backs but they just don’t use them that often.

“They’re as close to being a full time outfit as you get. They’ve got a lot of lads who have played at a higher level so it’ll be tough.

“Fylde beat them the other week playing good rugby so if we can do the same then we’ll have a great chance.”