Doncaster Knights: Opponents have no fear yet says Griffiths

Ross Davies is expected to be out for a prolonged period after his injury in the opening day game with Blackheath.
Ross Davies is expected to be out for a prolonged period after his injury in the opening day game with Blackheath.

There are no easy games at this stage of the season, according to Knights director of rugby Clive Griffiths.

The fixture list looks to have been kind to the Knights as they play either newly promoted or lower table sides in the first two months of the National One campaign.

But Griffiths insists every team is still brimming with confidence over the first few weeks.

“No team will be playing with fear at this stage of the season,” he said.

“Even if they have lost both games, they are still riding high from a strong pre-season and thinking there is time for things to gel.

“Confidence is very high in every side so you can’t expect to go anywhere and roll anyone over.

“It all settles down after a couple of months when certain teams might have lost every game and their confidence is on the floor.”

The Knights follow up their 40-19 win at Hull Ionians with the visit of another newly promoted side in Worthing Raiders to Castle Park.

And Griffiths is expecting an entertaining, open game of rugby.

He said: “I’ve been impressed with Worthing even though they’ve lost both games.

“They did really well to come back against Wharfedale and they pushed Blackheath very close.

“They have a lot of pace in the backs like we do so I’m expecting a good, competitive game.

“Our backs have taken the limelight so far and the forwards are well aware of that.

“They know they’ve got some ground to make up and they’ll be determined to do that on Saturday.

“We’re closing in on the attractive rugby we want to play.

“The pleasing thing about the win at Hull is that we played it at the right times.

“Things are settling down for us. You have to remember we’ve only had five lads from last season in the side for the first two games.”

Griffiths says injuries to Will Foden, Chris Walker, Ross Davies and Tom Davies are still being assessed but initial reports suggest they will be out of action for a while.