Griffiths hails Knights’ ‘all-round’ performance

Doncaster Knights on their way to a 54-0 cup win over Cross Keys
Doncaster Knights on their way to a 54-0 cup win over Cross Keys

Doncaster Knights are just two games away from the B&I Cup final after demolishing Cross Keys 54-0 in their last Pool 4 game at Castle Park.

“It was an all-round performance, number one to 22 were all superb,” said director of rugby Clive Griffiths.

Knights scored eight tries with wing Tyson Lewis, who afterwards drove straight back to Essex, where his partner was expecting their first child at any moment, bagging a second half brace.

“Tyson showed great pace as did centre Andy Bulumakau on his return from injury,” said Griffiths.

“Andy’s a class player and it was nice to get him back as it will Mat Clarke in January.”

Although Griffiths had warned in the build-up that Keys would be out to ‘spoil the party’ he admitted that never looked like being the case.

But he expressed some sympathy for the visitors: “They showed massive heart and played until the end but we were determined to try and keep a clean sheet,” he said.

“They travelled up on the same day, whereas we went down the previous day, and such a long journey is bound to it take its toll.

“That being the case the plan was to try and get into them early and that’s what we did and Paul Jarvis scored our first try after just eight minutes.”

Jarvis was substituted at half time.

“He turned his ankle so we decided to bring him off as a precaution,” said Griffiths.

“That meant Piers Francis had to move from fly-half to centre. He looks a quality player.”

The Dons squad, who had trained earlier in the day, were among the 1,400-plus crowd.