Doncaster Knights: Win at Championship leaders Bristol a career highlight for Griffiths

Doncaster Knights coach Clive Griffiths.  Picture: Malcolm Billingham
Doncaster Knights coach Clive Griffiths. Picture: Malcolm Billingham

Clive Griffiths has enjoyed more success than most coaches during his long career in both rugby codes.

But Doncaster Knights’ director of rugby says Friday’s superb 39-27 win away to Championship leaders Bristol ranks as one of the best at club level.

“We respected Bristol going into the game and we knew they were a tough side, especially on their own patch,” said the Welshman.

“But we’d beaten them last season in the B & I Cup and we’d broken the mould. We were one of only three teams to beat them last season which gave us confidence in the build-up because we knew that would be on their mind.

“They said we did things they didn’t expect at Castle Park (in the B & I Cup) and that was the case again on Friday night. The try scored by Tyson Lewis was a real team effort and something we had worked hard on in training.

“Dougie Flockhart finished his try off well but there had been 14 or 15 phases leading up to it. Latu Makaafi also scored another couple of tries from a catch and drive tactic which has worked well for us all season.

“Our defence also deserves a special mention, particularly during the time Latu was in the sin-bin in the second half.

“The decision to bring back fly-half Declan Cusack, which was a bit of a gamble, for his first game since fracturing an eye socket in September, also paid off.

“A couple of his kicks were poor, but he helped orchestrate the team and lasted the pace better than I thought he would. I had expected to have to bring Sam Olver on after an hour.”