Doncaster Knights: Griff is delighted to be back in Championship

Bruno Bravo is tackled by Sam Matavesi and Tom Heard during Knights' clash with Plymouth. Photo: Rob Terrace
Bruno Bravo is tackled by Sam Matavesi and Tom Heard during Knights' clash with Plymouth. Photo: Rob Terrace

Clive Griffiths says being back in the Championship is ‘everything’ his side have worked for.

Doncaster began their domestic campaign with a bang on Saturday as they comfortably dispatched Plymouth Albion 27-6.

The game at Castle Park also gave the Knights the opportunity to exact revenge on Plymouth - the last side Doncaster lost to during their Championship relegation in 2013.

A last-gasp victory at Blackheath on the final day of last season saw Doncaster clinch the National One title and promotion back into the Championship at the first time of asking.

And the club’s director of rugby Griffiths - who rejoined the Doncaster side back in 2011 - was delighted with how his men performed in their higher division curtain-raiser.

“Being in the Championship again, it’s everything,” the Welshman said following their comprehensive win over Albion.

“This is what we worked so hard for last year.

“It was a massive disappointment to go down but then everybody got together and galvanised the club.

“We played 30 league games last year all around the country and were tested every week.

“We showed a great deal of resilience and played good rugby to get over the line right at the death at Blackheath.”

Griffiths and his side will be looking to add to their impressive start on Saturday when they make the long journey to face Jersey RFC.

Kick-off is 3pm.