Doncaster Knights: Griffiths’ men closing in on B&I Cup quarter-finals

Paul Jarvis
Paul Jarvis

Doncaster Knights need to win just one of their two remaining games to be certain of retaining top spot in Pool 4 of the B&I Cup.

But the Castle Park club, who are seven points clear of second-placed Cornish Pirates, are targeting two wins to secure home advantage in the quarter-finals.

Boss Clive Griffiths made it clear prior to Friday’s 17-15 win at Bedford that the Championship was the club’s priority.

But he admits if his charges were to reach the last eight, and pick up a couple of league wins before the knockout stages commence next year, he would view the B&I Cup in a new light.

“If we were to pick up a couple of league wins that would change our whole way of thinking,” he said.

Having met twice at Castle Park in the last two months, neither side will need any introduction on Saturday.

One man Pirates will have to keep a close eye on is Paul Jarvis, who underlined his growing reputation as one of the best full-backs in the division at Bedford.

“He made something out of very poorly executed backline play to score from around 50 metres out,” said Griffiths – a talented full-back in both codes during his own career.

“He’s got pace and can beat a man and that’s why I switched him from wing to full-back. He can roam around the pitch and pick his time to join the attack.”

Another man to impress Griffiths on the night was dual-registered centre George Catchpole.

“He had out an outstanding game. Defensively he was outstanding but he is also good when he’s got the ball,” said Griffiths.

“He should be available to play for us again this weekend.”

Griffiths had two of his three new signings on the bench and Fijian hooker, Villiame Veikovo, came on for his debut late in the game.

Veikovo, however, is not guaranteed a regular place in the starting line-up at Ben Hunter’s expense.

“Ben had a good game at Bedford,” said Griffiths.

“He’s been a stalwart over the last 18 months and has been fantastic for us.”