Doncaster Knights out to strengthen fortress Castle Park

Clive Griffiths
Clive Griffiths

Doncaster Knights will be bidding for a fourth successive win at Castle Park when they take on London Scottish (2pm).

One of the club’s pre-season targets was to turn Castle Park into the fortress it once was and director of rugby Clive Griffiths has been delighted with their home record since losing 35-33 against relegated London Welsh on the opening day of the season.

“We should have won that or at least picked up a draw had Dougie (Flockhart) converted our late try,” he said.

It was one of several important missed kicks that the Scot, the Championship’s leading points scorer last season, would normally have expected to convert in the opening games but the odd session with former Welsh RU international Gary Pearce at Castle Park looks to have done the trick on the evidence of the game against Cornish Pirates last week.

The two clubs have gone in different directions over the last fortnight with Knights climbing up to third and the Exiles dropping to fifth after successive defeats.

“They lost two games they’d have been expecting to win and they’ll certainly be up for the game tomorrow,” said the Welshman.

“But I wouldn’t read too much into their last two results. They’ve invested massively in their player budget and they are a good side as they showed when they went to Headingley and won.

“We know all about them and what they are going to bring to the game such as their catch-and-drive tactics and their driving maul from anywhere on the paddock and that will be a big test for us. But we’ve got ways of dealing with that particular threat.”