Doncaster put Nottingham in their sights

Doncaster Knights' director of rugby Clive Griffiths.
Doncaster Knights' director of rugby Clive Griffiths.
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DONCASTER Knights’ director of rugby Clive Griffiths is ready to end the club’s wretched record at Nottingham.

The South Yorkshire side have endured some shocking form there in recent years, but the Welshman is confident that can be reversed tomorrow as they seek their first win of the Championship season.

Doncaster suffered an agonising 35-33 home defeat to relegated London Welsh last weekend after almost causing a huge shock on the opening day of the campaign.

But Griffiths said: “We’re under no illusions, Nottingham away is a difficult place to go.

“We’re not sure what exactly the playing surface will be like or its dimensions, but it’s a piece of grass in the end.

“And I know about our record there, but I’ve said all week to the boys that we had the same last year against Cornish Pirates.

“It was a similar scenario and I’d not actually beaten them myself in my time here – so it was nice to do it three times out of four last season.

“It’d be nice to do the same this year against Nottingham. They are in our sights and it’s one of our goals and I sincerely hope we do it on the weekend.”

He insists his side are not deflated after that loss to Welsh, who had been in the Premiership last term.

“The team is confident in spite of being on the wrong side of the scoreboard,” Griffiths added.

“They know they gifted London Welsh some great opportunities to score points with errors in defence and tackle technique.

“But they are easily fixable providing that player takes everything on board this week and fronts up on Sunday.”

Knights make just two changes to their first XV.

Centre Bevon Armitage returns having played for Premiership Newcastle Falcons in a pre-season contest against Sale Sharks last weekend and lock Tyler Hotson is promoted from the bench in place of Jon Phelan.