Doncaster Knights: Griffiths guards against complacency at Henley

Bevon Armitage, in action against Loughborough, has been impressive in midfield this season. Picture: Andrew Roe
Bevon Armitage, in action against Loughborough, has been impressive in midfield this season. Picture: Andrew Roe

Doncaster Knights may be flying high at the top of SSE National League One but director of rugby Clive Griffiths warned his players to get complacent at their peril ahead of today’s trip to Henley Hawks.

Following last season’s relegation from the Championship the Knights were always expected to be the team to beat this term, and so it has proved with a 100 per cent record from their opening seven games.

Last weekend fellow high fliers Loughborough Students were taught a lesson as despite scoring tries for fun in their previous six games Griffiths’ men kept the back door shut to record a 32-3 victory.

And while that result underlined their class at this level, Griffiths was quick to make it clear he won’t tolerate complacency from his charges as they bid to make it eight from eight at Henley.

“We are marching on but that’s not in an arrogant sense of the word, from past experience we know how tough it is to get the win in this league so we don’t what complacency to creep in,” he said.

“It’s a magnificent seven if you like, seven wins out of seven. But as soon as that whistle went against Loughborough we were preparing for Henley – the games come thick and fast in this league.

“Next to ourselves Loughborough were the top try-scorers of the division so defensively we were predominantly mistake-free which was very pleasing.

“Henley are a physical team, I’ve been there quite a few times and the crowd play their part as well, so we will need strong referee and officials.

“They are well-coached so we are under no illusions about what they can do. They beat Richmond who have been in the Championship before, and we played them when I was coaching with London Welsh – you tend to know a lot about teams when you’ve been around the block as much as I have.

“I’ve got a lot of respect for them and they will present a very tough challenge.”

Henley have had mixed fortunes to date but go into the game on the back of an impressive 18-10 win at home to Richmond.