One more win should secure Doncaster Knights’ safety, says coach

Knights chief Clive Griffiths
Knights chief Clive Griffiths

Doncaster Knights could be just one more victory away from securing their Championship status.

Third-bottom Knights opened up a nine-point lead over bottom club Plymouth Albion after beating second-bottom Moseley at Billeseley Common on Friday night.

The Devon club failed to close the gap when finishing empty-handed after going down 29-8 against leaders Worcester at Sixfields the following day.

“It has been a good weekend for us in terms of results,” said director of rugby, Clive Griffiths.

“Plymouth are going to have to win at least two (both of which would need to be bonus point wins) of their last five games to go above us and that’s assuming we don’t pick up any points ourselves.

“One more win should do it – two if we don’t want to be relying on anybody else.

“I’m not the sort who gets ahead of himself so I’m just taking it one game at a time and we know we’ve got another tough league game away to London Scottish on Friday week. But we’ve won three out of our last four league games and also acquitted ourselves well against both Worcester and Bristol and could have got something from both games, so I’m happy with how things have been going.”

Although Moseley gave him a few anxious moments late on, Griffiths said: “I would have settled for a 20-17 win at the start of the day.”

Griffiths praised Knights’ defensive qualities.

“Our defence won us the game,” he said. “We came in leading 17-7 after playing downhill and with the wind so we knew that they would come at us after the break.

“The wind really got up in the second and they threw the ball about but we defended well, particularly in the first 15 minutes, and restricted them to a penalty.”

He also felt Knights got their tactics right after the break: “We spoke at half-time about keeping possession and not kicking the ball and we did that,” he said.

Although Moseley’s rally earned them a losing bonus point, the Welshman had no complaints.

“I wouldn’t decry them the point,” he said. “I like the way they play and they never give in.”