Doncaster Knights: It’s going to be physical warns Griffiths

Clive Griffiths
Clive Griffiths

Doncaster Knights boss Clive Griffiths says his charges will face a big physical challenge in tomorrow’s Green King Championship opener against London Welsh at Castle Park (2.30pm).

“I went to watch them play Ebbw Vale (in a pre-season friendly) last Friday and they are a massive side – probably one of the biggest teams in the division so that’s something we are going to have to handle,” said the Welshman.

Griffiths says it was a worthwhile exercise and that he has good idea of the tactics Welsh will employ tomorrow.

“I think they will kick into the corners, drive us and look for a try or a penalty,” he said. “I also think they’ll use their backs in good field positions.”

Whereas the Exiles have parted company with a number of players following their ill-fated Premiership campaign, the majority of the Doncaster players on view will be familiar to home fans.

“We’ve brought players in, particularly at half-back, but we’ve retained the nucleus of the side, as we did last season,” said Griffiths, who rates his squad stronger than this time last year.

“We are looking forward to the season and are excited about tomorrow’s game.

“They are going to be tough to beat this season but hopefully we are catching them at the right time before they’ve had the chance to gell.”

Knights go into the game having won all three warm-up games in style.

“I’m pleased how things went but the three teams we played weren’t the strongest of opposition so we are keeping our feet on the ground,” said Griffiths, who says he would have taken the game at promoted Worcester had he been able to fit it in.