Doncaster Knights: Griffiths pleased with spirit shown in Bedford win

Clive Griffiths, left.
Clive Griffiths, left.

Doncaster Knights will go into their toughest test in their B&I Cup Pool D campaign at Cornish Pirates this weekend in good spirits.

The Castle Park side recorded their fourth win in as many starts when beating Bedford Blues 17-15 at Goldington Road on Friday night to retain top spot with two games to go.

The squad were due to review the game today and much of what director of rugby Clive Griffiths and his fellow coaches will have to say will be positive.

“The players showed massive heart and desire,” said Griffiths, after seeing his side return to winning ways after three league defeats.

Knights won the toss and elected to play down the slope in the first half but despite only leading 10-5 Griffiths remained confident.

“The slope is an advantage but it’s not a game-changer,” said the Welshman.

“Keeping possession, making the tackles and taking your chances are what win you games.

“Apart from when they scored when we were down to 14 men that our defence was as good as it has been all season.”

Griffiths included two of his three midweek signings on the bench but decided against playing Welsh prop WillGriff John.

“We just felt that it was a bit too early for both WillGriff and Villiame (Veikoso) but we had to play the latter because if we had picked up injuries we could have been short of cover at hooker.” he said.

Griffiths hinted both men, along with New Zealand-based fly-half Piers Francis, could be involved at Pirates and he could also have another new face on duty.