Doncaster Knights look to future after securing Championship status

Doncaster lost narrowly at Rotherham.
Doncaster lost narrowly at Rotherham.

Doncaster Knights will not be resting on their laurels in their final two league games despite having retained their Championship status at the weekend.

So says director of rugby Clive Griffiths after Plymouth Albion’s crushing defeat at home to leaders Bristol meant that fourth-bottom Knights, who picked up two points from a 26-25 defeat at Rotherham would be safe whatever the result at Clifton Lane.

“Of course it’s a relief that we have finally secured our Championship status after winning promotion 12 months ago because that was always the target,” said the Welshman.

“But we want to finish as high as possible and we’d have liked to have beaten Rotherham. We felt confident going in one point ahead after playing into the wind.

“It was typical of the way a lot of games have gone this season. We scored four tries and they scored two and come away with the spoils.

“We handed the game on a plate to them again having gone in front and (defeat) was hard to take. But, as I told the boys, we’ve achieved another landmark and secured our Championship status.

He added: “That’s the second time this season we’ve lost by two points or less against them and they are in the top four, so it just shows that we are not a million miles away.

“We know we’ve got some good attributes and we know we can maintain them and now we’ve got to move forward in other areas and make sure that we manage our games properly.

“We’ve lost at least five games this season when we were in a winning position. Had we won them we’d have been challenging for the top four.”