Knights target top-of-the-table at Christmas

Knights club captain Matthew Challinor on his return to action. Picture: Scott Merrylees

Knights club captain Matthew Challinor on his return to action. Picture: Scott Merrylees

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Doncaster Knights’ boss Clive Griffiths is hoping that history repeats itself over the festive period.

The club, who finished a best-ever third at this level during the Welshman’s first spell in charge in 2006-07, ended the year in top spot.

With Knights leapfrogging Yorkshire Carnegie following their 34-11 win over visiting Moseley they are perfectly placed to challenge for top spot should leaders Bristol falter in the last two league games of 2015.

“It would be great were that to happen,” said Griffiths, who admitted that he used Carnegie’s shock defeat on Friday night during his pre-match talk.

“I pinned the table on the dressing room wall and made a big thing of the opportunity we had to go second,” he said.

“But I knew it would be hard and that we’d have to grind them down and it took us over 50 minutes to do that.

“We came in trailing 8-7 at half-time and I don’t like games where you are on a bit of a knife edge because we know what can happen.

“The wind dropped a bit in the second but we still produced a very good performance against one of the most improved teams in this league and we scored some excellent tries again.

“The forwards played really well, particularly in the driving maul and in the scrums.”

Club captain Matt Challinor was a surprise inclusion in Doncaster’s starting line-up.

“The surgeon’s report at the start of the week wasn’t as bad as we feared, though Matt has fractured his thumb,” said Griffiths.

“He played with the injury today and if he can get through this weekend’s game at Bedford then we’ll rest him for the B & I Cup.”