Doncaster Knights v Bristol: Griffiths tells players to make history

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Doncaster Knights boss Clive Griffiths has thrown down the gauntlet to his players ahead of Sunday's televised Championship clash against leaders Bristol.

Speaking ahead of this weekend’s game at Castle Park, the Welshman said: “I've told the players that they have the chance to set new club records and create history between now and the end of the season and it's up to them to try and do it.

“They’ve still got a chance to win the trophy for finishing top of the league, although Bristol are obviously the favourites.

“And they can also record the club’s highest ever finish, currently third, set back in the 2006/7 season.

“We are already in the play-offs and are in with a chance of not only reaching the final but also winning it, so there is certainly everything to play for over the last six, or it could be eight, games.”

Griffiths admits to being concerned that Knights – who approached the Birmingham club, without success, asking them to consider switching the Friday night game to Saturday - will only have only a five-day break before visiting Moseley.

“You can’t blame Moseley for not wanting to put the game back a day in their position, but we’ve had to switch our game because it’s been shown on Sky,” he said.

But the Welshman has focused this week in trying to plot Bristol’s downfall.

“If we do beat them it would keep our hopes of top spot alive even though they would probably have to lose two of their last three,” he said.

“But it would take us another step nearer securing a top two spot.

“We have a tremendous amount of respect for Bristol but we aren’t frightened of them. Nor should we be given the fact that we’ve won two of the last four games between us.

“I’m sure that they also respect us, especially having beaten them at Ashton Gate.

“To come away with a bonus point win and deny them anything has to be our best away performance of the season.”