Doncaster Knights: Griff ready for ‘unknown quantity’

Ulsterman Michael Heaney has been touting for information on this weekend's opponent Connacht Eagles
Ulsterman Michael Heaney has been touting for information on this weekend's opponent Connacht Eagles

Despite taking a different approach to the competition this season, Clive Griffiths is leaving no stone unturned ahead of Saturday’s British and Irish Cup Pool 5 game against Connacht Eagles.

Eagles, who represent the Galway-based Pro-12 club in the B & I Cup, will be making their first ever appearance at Castle Park and, as such, are a bit of an unknown quantity.

“I don’t know a great deal about what team Connacht, who fielded a very young side against the (Newport-Gwent) Dragons last weekend and were well beaten, are likely to bring to Castle Park,” said Griffiths this week,

“That’s why people such as Declan Cusack and Michael Heaney have been using their contacts in Ireland this week to find out as much information as they can about the players we’ll be facing at Castle Park on Saturday.

“We’ve taken on board the information they’ve gleaned but our main focus has been on our own game-plan and getting that right. We’ve shown this season that we can adapt our game to both the conditions and our opponents and that’s vital if you want to be successful at this level.

“Going into Saturday’s game we’d scored 14 tries from catch and drive routines and 14 from general play and it’s now 17-14 in favour of the latter.

“We had a couple of opportunities to go for a catch and drive on Saturday but we decided to try something else but it didn’t come off for us so with hindsight we probably should have done things differently on those occasions.

“But that doesn’t mean that we don’t want to move the ball and play expansive rugby whenever we can and, as I say, we’ve certainly got to have different options.

We’ve scored 31 tries in ten games which works out a three a game and I’m sure any football team would settle for three goals a game.

Surprise finalists in the B & I Cup last season, Knights have so far not set themselves a target of going one better.

Indeed, Griffiths admits his main focus for the rest of this month is the Championship clash against Moseley on Saturday week.