Doncaster Knights: Winning not revenge is motivation for Henley clash

Revenge will not be on the agenda for the Knights this weekend ' at least not at the forefront of their minds.
Revenge will not be on the agenda for the Knights this weekend ' at least not at the forefront of their minds.

Revenge will not be on the agenda for the Knights this weekend – at least not at the forefront of their minds.

This weekend sees the visit to Castle Park of Henley, the first side to beat the Knights this season.

Clive Griffiths insists he does not want his side to have retribution as their motivation on Saturday but simply the desire to keep winning.

“We can’t be thinking about a revenge mission,” he told the Free Press. “We’re seven points clear at the top of the table and we need to concentrate on maintaining that.

“It’s simple for us – if we keep winning then we get promoted.

“If we pick up as many bonus points as possible, we can make it happen sooner rather than later.

“What happened at Henley will be in the back of the lads’ minds, I’ve no doubt about that.

“We thought we’d won it with Elliott Davies’ kick late on but it wasn’t given.

“The celebrations at the end from them told the story and they cut into us a bit.

“We’ve just got to make sure it’s us doing the whooping and hollering this time.”

The Knights battled to a 31-12 win at a soggy Loughborough last weekend.

And coupled with a shock defeat for second placed Rosslyn Park at struggling Blackheath, the Knights extended their lead at the top of National One to seven points.

Griffiths says their title rivals’ defeat hammers home the need to avoid underestimating the opposition.

He said: “I know that’s a bit of a local derby but that was a massive shock.

“We’ve learned already this season that you can’t take anything for granted.

“It was a massive boost for us to get the win at Loughborough, particularly with the battle we had for the bonus point, and then come off and see the Rosslyn result.

“We’ll be expected to win this weekend but Henley have beaten us already so we have to been on our guard and fight for every point.

The Knights suffered another injury blow at Loughborough as Ben Hunter broke his arm early in the match.

The hooker looks set to miss the rest of the season.