Rotherham Titans v Doncaster Knights: Safety barrier in sight for Griffiths’ men

Clive Griffiths
Clive Griffiths

Doncaster Knights could finally secure their Championship status with two games to spare today.

Defeat for bottom club Plymouth Albion at home to leaders Bristol would automatically mean that fourth-bottom Knights would be safe no matter what the result at Clifton Lane.

But although Knights boss Clive Griffiths readily admits he would have settled for the current state of affairs at the start of the season following promotion, he is not about to rest on his laurels.

He is determined that Knights, one of the form teams in recent weeks, end the campaign on a high and has not given up hope of claiming eighth spot from Jersey.

“If we can’t do that then I want us to hold on to ninth place,” he said.

Their local rivals are equally focused on finishing the season on a high as they battle Nottingham for the fourth play-off spot.

Titans claimed their fifth successive derby win (23-21) at Castle Park in January and Griffiths is eager for revenge.

“We know it’s going to be tough; it always is at Clifton Lane but we are unbeaten in our last three away games,” said the Welshman, who is hoping to bring in a No 8 to cover for a spate of injuries.

“It’s a much narrower pitch than Castle Park and that has been a massive consideration in training this week.

“Whereas it was quite an expansive game at Castle Park it might be a bit tighter today – it all depends on the respective defences.

“But there is enough space to move the ball wide if you run the right lines and make the right pass and we’ll be looking to do that.”