Doncaster are getting there according to Clive Griffiths but the Knights director of rugby admits it will take time for his new-look squad to find their feet fully in SSEE National League One.
Griffiths couldn’t have asked for a better start to the season with two bonus-point victories, the latest 40-19 away at Hull Ionians on Saturday.
That followed up their 47-17 triumph at home to Blackheath on the opening day but Griffiths is still seeking improvement from his full-time charges.
And with a number of new signings to blood – including Colin Phillips and on-loan Leeds Carnegie fly-half Joe Barker, who both made their debuts at Hull – there appears plenty to look forward to.
“You can play as many pre-season games as you like but it will take us game time to crack on with a new side,” said Griffiths.
“It was a workmanlike performance against Hull, it is virtually a new team with five new backs and five new forwards.
“It was a bit of a scrappy game, lots of penalties from either side but we got in the right areas and managed to score six tries.
“And as it was a local derby it’s a good win for us – especially considering we had two yellows for Dougie Flockhart and Joe Barker.
“We hung in there when we were under the thumb and ultimately a couple of mistakes made the difference. Bevon Armitage put his hand up throughout the game, he was big in the tackles and showed his experience, and that was one of the reasons I brought him to the club.”
No. 8 Phil Eggleshaw and Matt Clark both grabbed two tries apiece for the Knights with Matthew Challinor and Paul Jarvis also getting in on the act.
Dougie Flockhart finished with eight points while Barker also notched a conversion and Griffiths challenged his troops to make it three wins on the spin next time out against Worthing.
“We are at home next week which I think helps and Worthing will be a similar challenge to Hull, but the best way to sum it up is that it’s a work in progress,” added Griffiths.
“But we know that teams will have to put in a tackle and be on their toes defensively for 80 minutes to play us.”
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