Doncaster Knights: Griffiths not expecting an easy run-in

Bevon Armitage scores for Doncaster against Rosslyn Park. Picture Scott Merrylees SM1001/40
Bevon Armitage scores for Doncaster against Rosslyn Park. Picture Scott Merrylees SM1001/40
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Doncaster Knights may be sitting pretty at the top of the table, but director of rugby Clive Griffiths is certain the season will go to the wire.

The Knights opened up a seven point lead at the top of the SSE National League One with a 24-17 victory over nearest rivals Rosslyn Park on Saturday – Tyson Lewis with a late converted try to seal the points.

And with a tough trip to Wharfedale this weekend, Griffiths knows there is still plenty of work ahead if his side are to gain promotion.

He said: “I don’t think the win on Saturday set down a marker – the marker will be set at the turn when we’ve played everyone once.

“We’ve got tough games coming up against Coventry and Worthing who we haven’t played yet so once we’ve had a good look at all the opposition first hand we’ll have a fair picture.

“There are a lot of games to go and we just want to keep ourselves in contention – it’s a marathon season and I think it will go right down to the wire.

“We’ve still got a lot of injuries so when we get our walking wounded back we can make life more difficult for our opposition and kick on even better.”

Doncaster have won their last three games having lost two of the previous three in what is proving to be an injury laden season.

Wharfedale are in good form having won six of their last seven games and are currently fifth in the table – 12 points behind the leaders.

And Griffiths said his side need to show the same character they did after falling behind on Saturday to come away with victory.

He said: “It’s going to be one of our toughest games of the season – it’s a difficult place to play rugby.

“It’s a sloping pitch which will be an important factor. We have just got to be professional and hope we get the win.

“I’m sure they’ll be preparing just as hard as we are and we have to look at the areas where we need to improve.

“We’ll just have to show the same character as we did against Rosslyn Park – that was an important win.

“The winning try was worth the entrance fee alone and after they took the lead our boys showed a great recovery.

“We defended well after that and it was important we got over the line the way we did.”

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