Doncaster Knights gave their supporters an early Christmas present at the weekend in the form of a 31-30 bonus win in their penultimate British & Irish Cup Pool 4 game against Cornish Pirates.
The win over Pirates at their Mennaye Field stronghold extended their 100 per cent record in the competition to five.
That is in contrast to Knights’ league form in eight Championship games, which have yielded three wins.
“We treat every game the same, whatever the competition and the opposition,” said director of rugby Clive Griffiths.
“We have certainly not treated the British & Irish Cup any differently and have wanted to win.
“You only have to look at how hard the games at Bedford and Pirates were to underline that fact.”
Winger Dougie Flockhart played a crucial role in both victories, particularly against Pirates last weekend when he kicked a last-gasp conversion to seal a dramatic comeback win.
“Dougie never lets you down,” said Griffiths. “He was massive for us on Saturday.”
Although the Scot took the individual honours, Griffiths was keen to emphasise that victory had been a team effort with all three recent signings playing their part.
“They all slotted in pretty well and they all did some good things for us and they’ll all be better for the game,” he said.
Knights’ trio of newcomers will all come into contention for Saturday’s final B&I Cup pool game against Cross Keys at Castle Park.