Doncaster Knights: Griffiths happy to be back in top four

Knights' Mat Clark evsades a Bedford tackle. Picture: Marie Caley
Knights' Mat Clark evsades a Bedford tackle. Picture: Marie Caley

Doncaster Knights boss Clive Griffiths empathised with his Bedford counterpart Mike Rayer after seeing Knights post a 30-22 Championship win at Castle Park.

The Blues led 22-18 going into the last ten minutes only to suffer a fourth successive loss.

“They are playing well but just can’t buy a win at the moment just like us a couple of years ago,” said the Welshman who worked with Rayer at Worcester a decade or so ago.

Griffiths admitted he was worried when Bedford scored twice in five minutes midway through the second half.

“You are always a bit worried in those situations but we’ve shown in previous games we are capable of coming from behind,” he said.

“In any case we shouldn’t have found ourselves in that position because we had the chances to kill them off in the third quarter and 18-10 could easily been 32-10.”

Knights led 8-0 in Saturday’s game but an interception try and a try from a driving maul saw them trail at the break.

“We got ourselves back in front from a move which gives us a couple of options and we could have had further tries either side of a long-range penalty by Dougie (Flockhart).

“We’ve still things to work on in defence but the way we play with the ball can have an impact.”

The club’s third successive win saw them climb into the top-four for the first time this season.

“We spent most of last season in the top-four and that’s where we want to be this season,” said Griffiths.