Preview: Bedford Blues v Doncaster Knights

Clive Griffiths
Clive Griffiths

Doncaster Knights face one of their toughest tests of the season in tomorrow’s top four Championship clash at Bedford Blues.

Bedford are unbeaten at Goldington Road this season – a record which includes wins over Rotherham Titans and third-placed Yorkshire Carnegie.

Mike Rayer’s side retained fourth spot in the table despite suffering a last-minute defeat away to bottom club Cornish Pirates – their first in six league and cup games.

Knights boss Clive Griffiths, whose side lost 35-29 at Goldington Road in the corresponding fixture last season following a narrow win there in the B&I Cup, doesn’t believe Sunday’s result will affect tomorrow’s game.

“We know it’s going to be tough down there,” he said.

“They’ve got loads of momentum and confidence and they’ve got some very good players,

“Mike put the team together last season and kept the nucleus of the squad and added to it during the summer – a very similar scenario to ourselves.

“They’ve got some good backs – especially their 10 and 12 - and they kick well tactically and play their pitch well.”

The Welshman is aware of the danger posed by the Bedford back division which has scored more tries than any other team in the league but is ready to fight fire with fire.

He said: “We are not going to go there to shut up shop so it could be a high scoring match in what could be a game of two halves given the slope.

“But the main thing we’ll be looking to do is to win what is a massive game for us and we’ll do whatever it takes to try and achieve that.”