Doncaster Knights: Vital tie tonight for Clive Griffiths’ men

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Doncaster Knights travel down to the Midlands tonight to take on fellow strugglers Moseley at Billesley Common in one of their most crucial Championship games of the season.

Knights have former Moseley centre Bevon Armitage available again following a one-match ban which ruled him out of the home game against Bristol a fortnight ago.

That defeat put paid to Knights’ hopes of a third successive win, and with bottom club beating Jersey on the same day they found themselves back in the relegation dogfight.

With Plymouth travelling to Sixfields on Saturday where leaders Worcester are unbeaten this season, both sides involved in tonight’s game will view it as a chance to put more daylight between them and the Devon club.

Having beaten Knights (28-13) at Castle Park back in November, Moseley will fancy their chances in the return on a ground where their opponents haven’t won since 2008.

Knights’ boss Clive Griffiths certainly knows how tough it will be against a side whose kicking game, driving maul and spoiling tactics are again likely to pose problems.

“They are very hard to beat down there and we’ll have it all to do to get a win,” he said. “We’ll certainly need to get our kicking game right.

“But I know everyone who plays tonight will be giving it 100 per cent.”

Griffiths felt that some of his players looked tired during the Bristol game and has given the squad a bit of time off in between working on areas of the game he was unhappy over the last fortnight.

Tonight marks the last game he will have the services of fly-half Piers Francis before he flies out to join his New Zealand club side ahead of their 2015 campaign.