Jersey v Doncaster Knights: High-flying Doncaster ready for Channel Island assault

Clive Griffiths
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DONCASTER Knights director of rugby Clive Griffiths says only time will tell if their decision to charter a plane for today’s game in Jersey is a good one.

The South Yorkshire club have shown real ambition by hiring a Boeing 737 for the trip to the Channel Islands with the squad, coaching staff, directors and fans taking 100 seats on a flight out of Doncaster Robin Hood Airport at 9.30am this morning.

They will be back in Doncaster shortly after 7pm tonight – hopefully with another win under their belt that will extend their stunning unbeaten run to 11 games.

“It seems a good idea as it’s an awkward time of year travelling to Jersey over new year,” said Griffiths, whose side remain second behind Championship leaders Bristol.

“We’ll have to wait and see. We normally go the day before and get a hotel but this way we are in and out.

“We did the same for Plymouth once and I think we lost that game 14-13 although that was nothing to do with the flight.

“This was an idea the club came up with in conjunction with the supporters, who seem keen to do it. The players will give their feedback later but if you don’t try you don’t get.”

Jersey, coincidentally, were the last side to deny Doncaster victory when they drew 22-22 in the British & Irish Cup at St Peter’s in November.

“We’ve had some really, really tough games with them and they are a formidable outfit at home especially,” he said.

“The crowd at their ground are very close to the players, they really roar them on and it does give them a lift while it’s always an intimidating place to go for opposition.

“But we are in great form and the players are confident.

“We’ll never be cocky but we do have good momentum and it’d be great to start off 2016 by carrying this run on. The good thing about it all is there’s different factors to our play; we’re not a one-trick pony as we’ve shown we can play a driving game and an expansive one, too.”

Doncaster have made just one change to the starting line-up that defeated Nottingham at Castle Park on Boxing Day.

Ollie Stedman is promoted from the bench to swap with Latu Makaafi while Joe Sproston is recalled to the match-day 22 as a replacement.