Doncaster Knights look to have the weapons to repeat last season’s successful run to the final of the B&I Cup ahead of their opening pool game tomorrow in Jersey.
Knights’ form in the competition last season was often in contrast to their league form.
Their success in reaching the final with a 100 per cent record helped keep spirits high during a run of nine league games without a win.
But third-placed Knights will not be in need of a confidence-booster after beating leaders Bristol at Ashton Gate last weekend.
“We are in a really good position having picked up 31 points, compared to 13 at this stage last season,” said director of rugby Clive Griffiths.
“The league is obviously our top priority but we also want to do well in the B&I Cup as well. The key thing is keeping a clean bill of health once we get our injured players back.”
The Welshman is likely to make some changes to the side which beat Bristol.
“There are players who haven’t been getting much game-time who need to play and my selection will mirror that,” he said.
“It won’t necessarily weaken the team as there isn’t a lot between certain players including the fit-again Andy Bulamakau and those in the side who have been playing well,” he said.
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Beaten 31-23 at Castle Park in the league in September, Jersey will be buoyed by a splendid win at London Scottish last weekend.