RUGBY UNION: Knights cup hopes still alive says boss Griffiths

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DONCASTER Knights’ boss Clive Griffiths is not yet ready to admit defeat in the club’s bid to reach the knock-out stages of the British & Irish Cup despite seeing his charges go down 30-29 at home to Pool 8 rivals Llandovery.

“I’m obviously disappointed with the result because we beat them down there last week and had we beat them on Saturday we’d have gone clear at the top,” he told The Star.

“But it’s still not over and if we win our last two games, and other results go our way, we’d be back in the race to reach the quarter-finals.”

Griffiths said: “We could have played better; there’s no doubt about that, with the ball in hand and defended better at certain times and that’s something we are going to look at in training this week.

“Territorially we were dominant; we just picked the wrong play at times. The good thing is that we are creating and once we start putting the chances away it will be a lot easier for us.

“What I’ve got to remember is that it is only three weeks since I took over and I’m seeing things which possibly the punters aren’t seeing.

“When you introduce some new things it can take a bit of time for things to settle down.

“They attacked more than they did last week and scored from an interception from a lineout and that’s not acceptable really.

“But we’ve had some horrible decisions go against us including when winger Tyson Lewis was sin-binned in the second half for tackling a player without using his arms.

“They scored a try when he was off but the video showed quite clearly that he had both arms around him.

“Their player also dropped the ball over the line at the winning try. So we aren’t getting the 50-50 decisions.”