Doncaster Knights can give any Championship team a game says Griffiths

Knights Colin Quigley against Pirates. Picture Scott Merrylees

Knights Colin Quigley against Pirates. Picture Scott Merrylees

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Director of rugby Clive Griffiths used the previous night’s results as ‘massive motivation’ during his pre-match talk ahead of Saturday’s Championship game against Cornish Pirates at Castle Park.

“I told the players that a five point win would take us up to third and that’s what happened,” he said yesterday reflecting on their 28-11 win over Pirates.

“Can we stay there? It’s the question everyone asks of a team at the top of the table in any sport ,just as they ask a team at the bottom can they climb the league?

“Only time will tell and whilst we are not about to go shouting the odds in public, there is an inner confidence within the dressing room.

“We’ve made a good start and we’ve already got more points than we had last season at Christmas and we feel that we can give anyone a game in this league when we are at full strength.”

The Welshman never felt his side would lose against a side boasting a good record at Castle Park.

“I thought we were dominant to be honest and it could have been a much higher score for us,” he said. “We could have been a bit more clinical with the ball and that kept them in the game in the first half when they were living off our errors.

“But I thought our defence was very good and Mat Clark probably produced his best defensive effort of the season.

“Fellow centre Will Hurrell was a handful for them and his try just after half-time was a killer blow for them because we knew the next try would be important and that helped make it 21-6.”