Doncaster Knights: We only had ourselves to blame against Bristol - Griffiths

Doncaster Knights went down 27-12 against Bristol.
Doncaster Knights went down 27-12 against Bristol.

Just when it looked like Doncaster Knights were pulling away from danger following successive wins they now find themselves back in the Championship relegation battle.

They finished empty-handed after suffering a 27-12 home defeat against second-placed Bristol, while bottom club Plymouth banked four points after beating Jersey.

The only good news for third-bottom Knights, now just five points clear of the Devon side, was Moseley’s 35-3 defeat at London Scottish.

“Individual errors cost us,” said Knights boss Clive Griffiths.

“A lot of players had bad games and they needed to look at themselves in the mirror over the weekend.

“We’d prepared well but on the day we let both ourselves and our supporters down.

“I honestly think that we could have won the game if we had really applied ourselves and our skill levels had been up to scratch.

“We showed what we could do with Latu’s try but unfortunately it was too little too late.

“We went through the phases and played rugby like we can do but, as I say, individual errors cost us.

“The interception try was like the Rotherham game revisited. It’s just soul-destroying for me as a coach because it was something I’d warned about.

“We knew it was a big ask (to beat Bristol) but it was so frustrating that we didn’t give them more of a game and take them to the wire.”