Knights: Doncaster set the bar high ahead of Leeds

Knights' Mat Clark in action against Sheffield. Picture: Andrew Roe
Knights' Mat Clark in action against Sheffield. Picture: Andrew Roe

Clive Griffiths saw “very pleasing signs” following a new-look Doncaster Knights’ 74-5 pre-season win over Sheffield Tigers.

The Knights ran in 12 tries in the one-sided affair at Castle Park against their National League Two counterparts.

Doncaster’s rebuilding following their Championship relegation has seen director of rugby Griffiths welcome a number of new faces to the club - and several were keen to prove their worth against Sheffield.

Former Coventry man Paul Jarvis was among Saturday’s debutants and the full back claimed an unrivalled hat trick.

Samoan arrival Paul-Eti Slater and trialist Edu Ramirez both also came on and scored tries.

A pleased Griffiths said: “There were some really good individual tries out there but I was more impressed with the team-work we displayed.

“We’ve worked really hard during the break and it has been really important for us to get our team-work spot on, particularly because we’ve brought in a whole new squad of players.

“There were very pleasing signs. I think we gelled really well together. There were obviously moments we need to sharpen up but there were also ‘keep them going’ parts.

“Sheffield were a credit and never gave up.”

Knights’ other scores came from Roberto Santamaria, Dougie Flockhart (two & three conversions), Bevon Armitage, Tom Davies, Michael Hills and Mat Clark. Paul Roberts and Will Carrington scored two kicks each as Sheffield’s Alex Graham responded.

Knights host Leeds Carnegie on Saturday.