Third-placed Doncaster Knights take on leaders Bristol in the top Championship game of the weekend at Ashton Gate tonight (7.45).
“It just shows how far we have come as a club in the last couple of years,” said director of rugby Clive Griffiths.
“We know the quality of the players in their squad including the likes of Matthew Morgan.
“We’ll have to keep tabs on him and players such as Gavin Henson.
“We certainly know we will need to be at our best and play to our full potential.”
Knights’ hopes of toppling the former Premiership club could be boosted by the return of fly-half Declan Cusack who has not featured since the opening month of the campaign following a fractured eye socket.
Perhaps not surprisingly in view of what happened in the corresponding fixture last season when an 11-1 second half penalty count helped Bristol overturn a 12-10 interval deficit, the Welshman said: “The most important people for me tonight will be the three officials
“They are going to be under massive pressure from the crowd and I just hope that every time they go ‘ooh’ that they don’t award Bristol a penalty which would enable them to kick for the corner and go for a catch and drive.
“It’s very difficult to stop a side from scoring from that tactic with the way that the game is refereed these days.”
“We’ve had to follow suit to some extent and we’ve done very well out of it and 12 of our 23 tries this season have come from catch and drives.”