Doncaster Knights: We’re not down and out, insists Griffiths

Doncaster Knights director of rugby Clive Griffiths. Picture: Liz Mockler
Doncaster Knights director of rugby Clive Griffiths. Picture: Liz Mockler

DON’T write us off just yet, insists Doncaster Knights director of rugby Clive Griffiths.

Following a blank weekend, Knights return to action at promotion chasing Bedford Blues on Saturday.

And every single point counts as the Knights continue to stare down the barrel of a return to the National League following eight successive seasons in the Championship.

A surprise bonus point for Jersey at home to high flying Nottingham edged the Islanders six points clear of basement side Doncaster.

So even a losing bonus point would be a significant return for Knights this weekend against a Bedford team that won 22-21 at Castle Park earlier in the season.

Griffiths is only too aware of the scale of the task facing Doncaster, both at Goldington Road on Saturday and in their last four games as they aim to avoid the Championship trapdoor.

“Bedford will know how important the game is to us,” said the Welshman.

“And while there is no pressure on them they will also want to win.

“They will want a confidence boosting win ahead of the Championship play-offs and B&I Cup knockout stage.

“It’s going to be a tall order for us and a big ask.

“But we’ve just got to keep on fighting to the very end.

“That is the rallying call at Castle Park at the moment.

“We are behind the black ball, but the game certainly isn’t over.”

Doncaster face Bedford, Nottingham, Jersey and Plymouth in their final four fixtures.

“They are all must-win games,” said Griffiths.

“But that’s been the case from my first game back against Jersey. I look at every match as must-win.

“We’ve got closer and closer, but just not got over the line and got the points we needed.”