Doncaster Knights: “We’re there to be shot at,” warns Griffiths ahead of Cinderford clash

Action from Doncaster's win at Worthing. Picture:
Action from Doncaster's win at Worthing. Picture:

Doncaster Knights are in pole position for the second half of the season – but director of rugby Clive Griffiths will not be accepting any arrogance.

The league leaders host Cinderford on Saturday having suffered just three losses all season and comfortably boasting the best attacking record in the league.

Relegated from the Championship last season, Doncaster are so far living up to their billing as one of the favourites this season.

Last Saturday saw them notch up yet another win, although they were made to work hard for it in difficult weather conditions before eventually seeing off a spirited Worthing outfit 21-17.

And, while confidence is high in his squad, director of rugby Griffiths knows the Knights will not lose focus, especially with teams going all out to beat them.

“We have 13 tough games to go between now and the end of the season and we know what we have to do if we want to get back in the Championship,” said Griffiths.

“We are confident, you have to be otherwise there is no point in playing the game.

“But we are certainly not arrogant, there is no room for that.

“Every game is difficult now, Cinderford had a good win over Hull Ionians and will be buoyed by that.

“We are there to be shot at and Cinderford will be looking forward to it.

“It just goes back to what we were saying in pre-season, teams will lift their games against us.”

Knights have a four-point advantage over second placed Rosslyn Park.

Cinderford’s 23-11 win over bottom side Hull Ionians, meanwhile, lifted them to 12th in the league, and they will be looking to exact revenge for their 35-5 defeat at the hands of Knights earlier in the season.

And, while more than 30 points separate the two sides in the league, Griffiths believes the impact of a former Gloucester front row forward means Cinderford will give a good account of themselves.

“Cinderford have a big forward pack, Andy Deacon, who is ex-Gloucester, is involved with the coaching set up and he will have them set up well,” he added.

“They are very physical and will take us on up front and we will have to make sure we combat that.”