Doncaster Knights boss fears for future of support for rugby union: ‘it’s just a shooting match between the kickers.’

Ben Hunter in actionduring the defeat against  London Scottish at Castle Park. Picture: Steve Taylor
Ben Hunter in actionduring the defeat against London Scottish at Castle Park. Picture: Steve Taylor
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Doncaster Knights’ boss Clive Griffiths branded the injury-time penalty which ultimately cost his side a losing bonus point against London Scottish a ‘shocking decision.’

Knights looked like salvaging a point from the game at Castle Park when Dougie Flockhart made it 16-9 in the 80th minute only to see the visitors dash their hopes at the death after Tyler Hotson had been penalised.

“We could have kicked the ball into touch but we tried to keep it alive and go for the draw,” said the Welshman, even though he questioned the decision.

Despite the club’s fourth successive Championship defeat, Griffiths was pleased with their performance against the third-placed Exiles.

“We matched them in most departments but they were more clinical. They had two chances and they took them.”

The game attracted another healthy crowd but Griffiths fears spectators could start to drift away unless the sport tackles what he claims are major problems.

“I’ve got to be careful what I say, but the scrums in rugby union today are a joke,” he raged. “They have to be sorted out.

“How much time do we spend during a game on scrums? Where has all the back play gone?

“We spend a lot of time in midweek working on back plays to try to entertain people and for us to enjoy our game and all you get is a penalty or a free-kick at a scrum. “It’s just a penalty machine and a shooting match between the two kickers.

“What we practice now in training is a quick tap from a scrum if we get a free-kick to actually try and play some rugby.”