Doncaster Knights are set for big battle

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NEW Doncaster Knights boss Clive Griffiths is expecting a much-improved showing in tonight’s crucial Championship against fellow strugglers Jersey at Castle Park (7.45pm).

The Welshman, who only had a minimal input in the build-up after only taking over on Monday, watched his new charges slump to a 52-7 defeat against Notttingham at Meadow Lane on Sunday.

“Jersey are a capable side and they’ve done well in recent years to get where they are today,” said Griffiths.

“They’ve obviously not found the Championship as easy as they would have liked but you’ve still got to respect them as at the moment they are above us in the table on points difference.

“They like to ship the ball when the opportunity arises and obviously they’ve got a forward platform which every team in this league has, but I’m more interested in us rather than them.

“It wasn’t good at Nottingham. We got off to a bad start by conceding a sloppy try and we were 28-0 down at half-time.

“We played a man short for 20 minutes of the second half during which time we conceded four tries.

“I’ve told the boys that the only people they are hurting when they are sin-binned is their team-mates. Notttingham were the better side on the day but not by 45 points.

“We’ve put the game behind us and we’ve had a couple of good training sessions. Everyone is bouncing and all the players are aware of the magnitude of tonight’s game.

“It is going to take more than the time I’ve had to work with the players to turn things around and getting them to play how I want.

“What I want them to do tonight is to go out there and puff their chests out and get stuck in.”

New signing Connor Braid starts at full back. Chris Hallam is preferred to Louis Silver at scrum-half and Dante Mama moves back to centre.