Countdown to D-Day: Doncaster Knights to ‘stick to rugby principles’

Mat Clark is one of the Knights players who have most thrived in their expansive game
Mat Clark is one of the Knights players who have most thrived in their expansive game
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Clive Griffiths insists the Knights will be out to win their vital final day clash with Blackheath as comfortably as possible.

Griffiths wants his side to stick to their principles of expansive, entertaining rugby despite the major pressures facing them this weekend.

But the director of rugby says if they have to hold onto a one point lead in the dying moments then so be it.

The Knights head to South London knowing only a win will do in their bid for the solitary National One promotion slot.

“We’ll go out and try to win it, not try to get one point in front and hold on,” Griffiths said.

“If we’re a point up in the last couple of minutes we’ll play for territory of course.

“But we’re trying to put a brand of rugby together that players want to play, we want to coach and people want to watch.

“We’ve thrown four or five intercepted passes this season that have resulted in 28-30 points in the points against column.

“But on the other hand we’ve scored plenty of tries by being bold.

“If we play like we can play, we’ll get promoted.”

Griffiths expects Blackheath to attempt to slow the pace of the game down in order to prevent the Knights from reaching their best.

But he takes such tactics as a compliment.

He said: “Coventry did it last time out and I’m sure Blackheath will do the same – coming out with a gameplan to try and slow down our ball.

“That in itself is a compliment to the way we play but we’ve got to cope with it and do our thing.”