Doncaster Knights: Griffiths plays down top of the table clash

Tyson Lewis will be hoping to carry on where he left off, after scoring twice in the win at Old Albanians.
Tyson Lewis will be hoping to carry on where he left off, after scoring twice in the win at Old Albanians.

Clive Griffiths is refusing to concede the winner of today’s table-topping clash with Rosslyn Park will march into next season’s Championship.

Griffiths’ side have returned to winning ways with victories over Esher and Old Albanians following a shock defeat against Blaydon earlier in the month.

Doncaster have been like a team possessed this season – claiming 11 bonus points and scoring nearly 400 points.

Comparatively, this weekend’s opponents Rosslyn Park have been more workmanlike and disciplined defensively, although no less effective in terms of picking up wins in the division.

And with little to choose between the two sides, Griffiths is refusing to get carried away just yet.

“It’s great to be back on top of this very competitive division, we’ve now got a real humdinger of a game this weekend against a very good side,” he said.

“We know what they’re going to bring to the table and it’s going to be an interesting contrast in styles.

“They scored 38 points in a big game, which is unlike them, so we will assess that and prepare the best we can.

“If the worst came to the worst and we didn’t get a win, we’d still be at the top.

“And there’ll be 17 games to go next week, not seven, and we’re getting people back by the minute from injury.

“I’m being philosophical about this weekend,” he added.

“It’d be nice to win and we’ll be going all out for it – but it won’t be the end of the season. We’ve still got to go to Rosslyn Park, Esher, Coventry and Wharfedale.”

“This is a league of real attrition and we know we need to keep performing.”

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