Resilient Knights out to prove their point

Clive Griffiths.
Clive Griffiths.
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Clive Griffiths has challenged his resilient Doncaster Knights side to finish their British and Irish Cup group campaign off in style by securing a home quarter-final.

Excellent away victories at Championship rivals Bedford Blues and Cornish Pirates have earned Doncaster top spot in Pool Four.

They now need just one point against Welsh side Cross Keys at Castle Park today to earn a home quarter-final.

If they lose by more than seven points and holders Leinster A register a five-point victory over Plymouth Albion in Pool Five today then the Irish province’s superioir points difference will secure them a home last-eight tie and send Doncaster on the road.

“We’ve got to be on our mettle from the start because Cross Keys will certainly be up for it,” said Knights director of rugby Griffiths.

“It’s the chance to beat an English team so they won’t want to pass that up.

“It would be good to impress our own fans as well.”

Doncaster have certainly impressed travelling fans with their last two victories, particularly last week at the Pirates, when trailing 30-10 against a team that would have overtaken them with victory, they scored 21 unanswered points to claim victory.

“We had a very good comeback last year at home against Coventry when we were 20-5 down, scored a converted try on half-time and went on to win,” said Griffiths, who welcomes back Ross Davies, Brad Field and Andy Bulumakau.

“But last week’s was one of the best comebacks I’ve been involved with.

“The boys know now that when they’re in a hole they can dig themselves out and comeback.

“In the last two weeks we’ve shown we can withstand pressure and hold onto a lead against Bedford, and we can come back to win. That’s great character.”