the competition may not be a priority for every team, but Doncaster Knights are in the British and Irish Cup to win it, director of rugby Clive Griffiths says.
Doncaster were runners-up last season and Griffiths is keen to see them go one better this time, despite drawing their opening pool game at Jersey last week, despite holding a commanding lead at half-time on their visit to the Channel Islands.
The South Yorkshire side play host to Connaught ‘A’ this afternoon and, despite their lofty position of third in the Championship, Griffiths insists they are fully focused on the task at hand.
“I wouldn’t make 12 changes in a league game, like I did last week,” conceded Griffiths.
“But I have got every confidence in the changes made, both personnel and positional.
“It is a cup competition and we want to win it.
“I said that last year and people turned their nose up, but we got to the final.
“It was the same in my first stint at Doncaster, with the Yorkshire Cup.
“People said it’s not important, but we went and won it.
“It is a competition that certainly stirs up debate among people in the Championship, but we are in it and we have got to respect it.
“It is also a great opportunity for the rest of the [fringe] players to show their worth.”
Doncaster let a 22-5 interval lead slip last week, but Griffiths said: “Two points on the road is not bad, but we have got to win our home games.
“Connacht will be stronger than they were last week against the Dragons [a 34-10 defeat] and it will be a great test for us.”