Doncaster Knights’ outside top-eight Championship hopes could be still alive going into their penultimate game of the season this weekend.
There is certainly every incentive for Clive Griffiths’ men to beat Bedford Blues in their final home game of the season at Castle Park tomorrow (2.30) – even more the case if eighth-placed Jersey taste defeat away to leaders Bristol at Ashton Gate tonight.
Not only would victory result in Knights exchanging places with ninth-placed Bedford, it would also put them within striking distance ofJersey going into the final weekend of the campaign.
Jersey entertain second-bottom Moseley in their last match next weekend with Knights visiting bottom club Plymouth.
Both games could be hugely affected by the result in the Midlands tomorrow.
Defeat for Moseley against the Devon club would mean that they would have to beat Jersey to be certain of staying up. Knights would also face a much tougher task where Albion’s hopes still alive.
Griffiths is aware of all the possible permutations but is just focusing his attention on winning the last two games to round off what he considers a successful campaign – though he admits to being disappointed with Knights’ league record at Castle Park.
“Retaining our place in the Championship following promotion is a fantastic achievement to start with and to finish just in or outside the top eight would be really good,” he said.
Tomorrow’s game is the fourth meeting of the two teams, Knights having completed a B&I Cup double over the Blues, who then overturned a 23-9 interval deficit to record a 35-29 home win in the league in January.
“We’ve had some good battles with them in the past and I expect it will be the same tomorrow,” said Griffiths.