Tough start for Doncaster Knights

Clive Griffiths
Clive Griffiths

Doncaster Knights could hardly have had a more testing start to 2016 than travelling to Jersey.

“It will be a humdinger down there,” predicted director of rugby Clive Griffiths

“It’s never easy playing in Jersey. There will be a big crowd and it will be a hostile atmosphere.

“We certainly needed to beat Nottingham on Boxing Day because it will be no gimme this weekend and it may have to be a smash and grab. They’ve recruited well and spent a lot of money on big contracts. They’ve got some boys I was interested in but couldn’t afford.”

Today’s game will be the third meeting between the two sides this season. Knights posted a 31-23 league win at Castle Park in September and drew 22-22 with a much-changed side in a wind-affected B&I Cup Pool Five clash in Jersey in November.

Whilw Knights extended their unbeaten league run to six games on Boxing Day, Jersey - beaten 16-10 at Cornish Pirates - lost for the first time in four.

With Bristol moving five points clear following their 35-0 win over London Welsh on Sunday, Griffiths will be hoping Nottingham can do Knights a favour at The Bay.

Griffiths’ counterpart at Nottingham, Martin Haag, feels Knights are well placed to make the play-offs. “They are second and I think they can stay there,” he said.