Doncaster Knights can beat the drop says coach Clive Griffiths

Doncaster's director of rugby Clive Griffiths
Doncaster's director of rugby Clive Griffiths

There were plenty of plaudits for Doncaster Knights’ battling display in their 25-5 defeat against title-chasing Worcester at Sixways on Saturday.

“It was nice of people to say those things but it was no consolation because we came away empty-handed again and we need to start picking up points,” said director of rugby Clive Griffiths.

The Welshman also thought his side had done well and felt that they could go on to win the game in the last quarter when trailing just 5-0 despite having had to replace three injured players in the run-up to half-time.

“It caused massive disruption,” he said. “We had to play a new half-back combination in the second half, which wasn’t ideal, as well as make changes to the backs and front-row.

“But we were still in the game until we had Bevon Armitage sin-binnned and the game went away from us when we were down to 14 men.”

Plymouth Albion’s win over Rotherham Titans in their first game after announcing they had avoided going into administration, saw them close to within four points of second-bottom Knights.

“The threat of going into administration has galvanised them and it was no surprise to me that they beat Rotherham,” said Griffiths. We know we are in a battle.

“But if we can get get more of the 50-50 decisions and do more right things at the right time in defining moments, we’ll be safe before we go there in the last game of the season.”

Griffiths mounted a spying mission yesterday on Yorkshire Carnegie, who visit Castle Park on Saturday, and hopes to bring a flanker in on loan today.