Doncaster Knights: We’ve got plenty of bouncebackability insists Griffiths

Adam Kettle scored twice for the Knights in the win over Esher.
Adam Kettle scored twice for the Knights in the win over Esher.

Clive Griffiths lauded Doncaster Knights’ coping mechanism as the injury crisis grew even worse during the hugely important win over Esher.

The Knights returned to the National One summit with the 19-11 victory in the top of the table clash.

Griffiths was once again left frustrated as he saw Dougie Flockhart and Brad Field join the now 14 name-long injury list.

But the director of rugby praised his side’s ‘bouncebackability.’

“Castle Park must be build on an Indian burial ground or something because I’ve never known anything like this,” Griffiths said,

“Our players aren’t out for a week, they’re out for months at a time.

“But we cope with it.

“We’ve had some massive blows and had to jiggle it all around with players out of position.

“We just hit wall after wall but we keep coming back.

“We’ve got this bouncebackability and I’m delighted with that.”

Griffiths was delighted with the win over Esher which saw the patched up Knights turn in a superb defensive performance against arguably the division’s strongest side currently.

He said: “That performance showed exactly how much playing for this club means for these boys.

“It was a real, gutsy, hard earned win from an uncompromising game.

“Esher aren’t a National One side, they belong in the Championship, but they got nothing out of the game which was massively important. Our defence was magnificent.

“It was the ambition to regain top spot and we’ve done just that.”

The Knights will have to turn in a similar performance if they are to take anything from this weekend’s trip to Hertforshire outfit Old Albanians according to Griffiths, whose side have lost their last two on the road.

He said: “We’ve got another humdinger.

“Old Albanians aren’t a bad team, they’ve got some damned good runners.

“We’re going to have to defend as well again.”