Doncaster Knights: Griffiths expects ding-dong play-off battle with Carnegie

Clive Griffiths
Clive Griffiths

It would be a brave man who gambled a lot of money on the outcome of the two Championship promotion play-off semi-final ties between Yorkshire Carnegie and Doncaster Knights.

The two clubs, who meet in the first leg at Headingley on Sunday (3pm), were separated by just one point at the end of the regular season and both won their respective home game.

“Historically, at least since I’ve been involved, games between the two sides have been ding-dong affairs,” said Knights boss Clive Griffiths.

Having opted, after a great deal of thought, to be away in the first leg, Griffiths knows at the very least that the tie has to be winnable in the return leg at Castle Park on Sunday week.

He also admits that victory on Sunday would not necessarily guarantee Knights a place in the final.

“If it is a close game in the first leg you wouldn’t be able to take anything for granted in the second leg,” he said.

Looking ahead to the game, Griffiths said: “We know that they will come at us from the start in a bid to give themselves a good lead to defend at Castle Park but we’ve played them enough times to know who we will have to defend against and where we’ll have to defend.

“We know all about them and we’ve analysed them to the Nth degree, as they will have done us, so it’s all about what happens on the day.

“As I say, we know who their danger players are and what they are capable of doing if we don’t get our tactics right or play to our potential on the day, but we are going there in a confident mood.”