Doncaster Knights: Control what we can control, urges Griffiths ahead of Coventry test

Clive Griffiths
Clive Griffiths

Clive Griffiths is relishing a tough battle with Coventry tomorrow, insisting the game gives his side a chance to focus solely on their own performances on the pitch.

Doncaster suffered just their third defeat of the season last weekend when they lost 19-17 at the hands of Wharfedale - and were made to rue a late disallowed try.

Even with a spate of injuries, the league’s only professional outfit still remain three points clear of the rest at the top of National One.

But with everyone trying to take their scalp, and lady luck appearing not to shine on them at present, Griffiths urged his side to instead concentrate on themselves.

“We know that every team we come up against are going to raise their game against us, it’s a massive day for them but we have to deal with that,” said director of rugby Griffiths.

“We are a team that is top of the league and wants to play rugby and dominate up front. But a few decisions are not going for us and it’s costing us.

“But we can’t control the conditions, we can’t control the referee, we have to just focus on what we can control and that is doing our own things right.

“The way we play we have got to make sure we are clinical. No disrespect to some of the teams we have played this season, but we have got bigger tests to come, like this weekend against Coventry.

“They are sitting third in the table alongside Esher and they will be hell bent on beating us.”

Coventry also head into Saturday’s game on the back of a defeat, having narrowly lost out to second-placed Rosslyn Park 19-18.

The Knights will definitely be without Phil Eggleshaw, ruled out long term with a shoulder injury, although Griffiths did have good news in the form of new arrival Jacob Woodhouse from Australia.

“Phil looks like he is going to be out for the rest of the season,” he added.

“He had a shoulder injury, we decided to take a gamble in the game last weekend but it didn’t work and now it looks like he will have to have surgery.

“We have had a terrible run with injuries but in the New Year we will hopefully get a lot back and will be even stronger.

“We’ve brought in Jacob who will also help us out and hopefully be a good addition.”

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